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    Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Hi,

    So I changed the date at midnight yesterday (silly me). And only afterwards did I find out I'm not supposed to. I checked my watch's manual and it did say not to change between 9pm and 3am..

    I don't know if I damaged any mechanisms.... how will I know?

    As I turned the crown I did not feel any resistance, and when I manually adjusted the hour hands, the date did flip at midnight hours.

    Should I be worried?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    You'll know in the morning......Or the day after.
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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    if it hasn't exploded yet you're probably safe

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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Just pull the crown out to the first stop and advance the time forward. You can always do that, even at midnight. Observe the date while passing midnight. And see what it does. You might not have damaged it. Or if you did damage, it will either have trouble changing, or it will not be able to change, or the date will change and be crooked, or something....
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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Umm, no. Pull it to the second stop.

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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Thanks everyone for responses. I was really worried yesterday night after I thought I damaged it.

    THis morning when I woke up the date seems to be normal/not crooked. And when I did fast forward the time last night, nothing seemed to be broken.

    Fingers crossed. I guess have to wait till tonight to see if the date flips at 12.00am.

    I'm a first time watch owner of any kind and I didn't know automatics/mechanicals can be so complicated.
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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Quote Originally Posted by blissful828 View Post
    Thanks everyone for responses. I was really worried yesterday night after I thought I damaged it.

    THis morning when I woke up the date seems to be normal/not crooked. And when I did fast forward the time last night, nothing seemed to be broken.

    Fingers crossed. I guess have to wait till tonight to see if the date flips at 12.00am.

    I'm a first time watch owner of any kind and I didn't know automatics/mechanicals can be so complicated.
    well, that's why they called it a date complication...it's complicated :)

    Good luck, most of the modern date change mech is pretty foolproof, on the vintage piece you can break a tooth or knock stuff out of alignment much more easily.
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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkingTime View Post
    Umm, no. Pull it to the second stop.
    Depending on a watch.

    My Zenith (El Primero) was setup so that first stop was time change and second stop was date change. Of course, that watch was ONLY ONE so far out of MANY I had which does that... But then again, we do not know which brand/movement watch the OP was talking about.
    Chronic flipper...


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    You've utterly ruined it

    Best course of action is send it to me immediately

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    Re: Damage of changing date at midnight on automatics...

    Quote Originally Posted by blissful828 View Post
    Thanks everyone for responses. I was really worried yesterday night after I thought I damaged it.

    THis morning when I woke up the date seems to be normal/not crooked. And when I did fast forward the time last night, nothing seemed to be broken.

    Fingers crossed. I guess have to wait till tonight to see if the date flips at 12.00am.

    I'm a first time watch owner of any kind and I didn't know automatics/mechanicals can be so complicated.

    no reason to wait up until midnight.... pull out to hack position and move it ahead a day or two, make sure both times it jumps correctly.... once you're done always follow these steps:

    1. if watch is dead, wind it.

    2. pull out crown to the second stop, set time to 8 o'clock, even if you have to cause the date to change to a future day.

    3. return crown to the first stop, set the date to one day before

    4. pull out crown to the second stop, this time set the time/date correctly.

    5. only do these steps from 6am thru 8pm, unless you own a rolex or breitling with an 01 caliber or some other watch with a movement that allows date changing at midnight.


    next time, tell us what watch you have...
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