This method does not work on the date function, well technically it does work but it isn't as practical or feasible most of the time. It does require the use of an outside timing device, ideally a smartphone.
Ok, so your watch has been sitting for a while and its mainspring has unwound and its no longer running. Wherever it is, turn it so it is facing up, with the least amount of movement possible. We dont want he rotor to move at all if possible, or any other functions or complications to activate or change. If it has a chrono function, reset everything to zero with as little pressure or movement as possible. With the face up and the second hand frozen, note the exact time, including the exact fraction of the second if possible. Write it down clearly and legibly, I recommend a dark colored sharpie on a double size index card, unlined side.
Now, on your smartphone, set a reminder for five minutes before the time that is on the index card, if you have the option of a second reminder, set that to an hour prior. Or set it any way you prefer, so long as you have time to assure access to where your sitting watch is located, where you left it after you noted the time it displayed when it last stopped.
When your five minute reminder goes off, approach your watch, but do not touch it. Position yourself so that you can reach the watch easily. You will be waiting till approximately 2-3 seconds before the designated time, depending on your personal watch deployment speed. At that exact time, pick up your watch and fasten it, as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure it is strapped in securely and extend your watch wearing arm and begin rotating your wrist in a rotor wining manner. I like to alternate between rotating and swinging back and forth.
The idea is to acivate and begin winding the movement at the exact time that the watch is set to. Following these steps you will never have to bother pulling the crown of your watch out, something I personally do not enjoy doing.
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