How to Operate a Rolex Datejust

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Rolex is a Swiss watch company and the leading luxury watch manufacturer in the world. In 1945, Rolex introduced the Oyster Perpetual Datejust, the first watch to have a date display. Rolex makes many models of Datejust watches, which either have a manual or automatic movement. A manual watch will need to be wound by hand every couple days, whereas an automatic watch self-winds with the natural movement of your wrist.

How to Operate a Rolex Datejust
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Step 1

Unscrew the crown by turning it counter-clockwise. Pull the crown out to the first notch.

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Step 2

Rotate the crown clockwise until you reach the correct date. Turning the crown counterclockwise can damage the movement.

Step 3

Push the crown in and hold it down while you screw it in to its locked position. Screw the crown in tightly to make it water-proof.

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Step 1

Unscrew the crown by turning it counter-clockwise. Pull the crown out to the second notch, the last position for the crown.

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Step 2

Turn the crown in either direction to change the position of the hands.

Step 3

Push the crown back in and hold it down while you screw it back in. Screw the crown in tightly to make it water-proof.

Grayson Dere Photography/Demand Media
Step 1

Unscrew the crown by turning it counter-clockwise. When the crown is unscrewed, you will feel it pop out. You will not need to pull the crown out past this point to wind it.

Grayson Dere Photography/Demand Media
Step 2

Turn the crown clockwise about 20 to 30 revolutions to manually wind the watch. Turning the crown counter-clockwise could damage the movement. When the watch is finished winding, you will feel pressure when you try to turn the crown. If your watch has a manual movement, you will need to manually wind the watch every two to three days to keep it moving.

Step 3

Push the crown back in and hold it down while you screw it back in. Screw the crown in tightly to make it water-proof.

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