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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?

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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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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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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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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.
 

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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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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.
Many Automatic watches don't change at exactly mid-night......Some start at 11:45 and finish at 12:30,then others
click at 12:00 and 20 seconds......If you wake up in the morning and it's the right day....OK.
 

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There are a zillion ways around this just don't use quick set during those hours. Even if you do the odds of damage are slim. The method in the post above is a good one.
 

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I made this mistake when I first got my Zenith El Primero. Fortunately, it seems my watch isn't really damaged. Some sort of gear inside just skipped a few notches and now my date changes at 5:00 AM.
 

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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...
So it striked 12am just now in Asia. And I have kept watch, and the time perfectly fit in that little box at around 11:55pm or 11:56pm. I guess this is normal. Shouldn't be too picky, or did it flip too fast (e.g. should it exactly flip at 12:00am)?

I have a longines evidenza watch. I am a complete novice regarding watches, and I have no idea what calibre etc.

Thanks again :)
 

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Many Automatic watches don't change at exactly mid-night......Some start at 11:45 and finish at 12:30,then others
click at 12:00 and 20 seconds......If you wake up in the morning and it's the right day....OK.
Thanks for the clarification. Guess I am nitpicking now.. hope nth goes wrong in the next couple of days. :D
 

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It looks like you've "got away with it" this time but to be on the safe side it's best not to change the date in the danger period.
 

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I changed the date of my brand new Oris Aquis (base: SW 200-1) around midnight, few seconds or minutes after or before the date changed (I don't remember).

The date changes normally with manual movement of the hands, and the date changed on its own without problem the next day at midnight.

Probably I went away with my blunder. If I caused any damage, would this appear immediately or during the next days-weeks?

PS: The manual says that you CANNOT change date between 21:00-03:00. It doesn't say MUSTN'T or SHOULDN'T. However, the watch doesn't prevent you from changing the date during 21:00-03:00, as I learned from my mistake...
 
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