setting time, up to number or down to number?

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    setting time, up to number or down to number?

    something I've been thinking about for some time, regarding my Swiss mechanical watches. when setting the time, say 10:10, do you run the minute hand up to 10 or down to 10?

    In my mind, I think the gears are normally running the hands clockwise. So it would be more accurate to set the hands this way. If I ran the hand down to the number, I think the gears/ hands connections would have to 'catch up' slightly before continuing on.
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    Re: setting time, up to number or down to number?

    As far as I know, it doesn't really matter which way you turn the hands to set a modern watch.

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    Re: setting time, up to number or down to number?

    Whichever's closer. Most of my automatics run fast, so if I haven't worn it for a while, I'll pull the crown out, put it back a few minutes, and then set off.
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    Re: setting time, up to number or down to number?

    I've read that its wise to go 10 or 15 minutes past the time and then bring it back.


    Removes slack in the mechanism apparently.

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    Re: setting time, up to number or down to number?

    If your watch has day or date complication, you should always turn the minutes hand clockwise to make sure the date won't pop at noon.
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