"SPRING FORWARD, FALLBACK"
The method of DST or “daylight saving time” whilst practiced in Canada in 1908, was first widely used in Europe during world war 1. The theory first suggested by William Willett an Edwardian builder that wanted Brits to stop wasting valuable sunlight hours and dedicated much of his life fighting his cause.
Fun Fact –
Willett is the great-great – Grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin who has songs titled both ‘Clocks’ and ‘Daylight’ on the same album. Source – The Telegraph
designed to maximise daylight and therefore minimise fuel use for artificial light, saving vital resources for the war effort. Whilst some disbanded DST after the war many adopted it again for the Second World War and it is still practiced today by over 70 countries and affects over 1 billion people.
Whilst for most, 29th October will simply mean an extra hour in bed or the end of British summer time, at The Watch Hospital we know nationwide the following week will see many requests from disgruntled watch owners for whom the time change has caused an issue.
Can you help me change the time on my watch? I have lost the instructions.
Whilst we will be able to help in most cases, we would recommend a small bit of research on your part first. Our technicians see hundreds of variety of watches each with slight variations regarding time + date change, whilst our technicians are the best in the business it is impossible to memorise each time setting function for this volume of watches. Most complicated models now have instructions that can be found online, try checking the manufacturers website or YouTube for a tutorial first.
My watch has let condensation in since changing the time at the weekend. Can you help?
This can happen following a time change mostly because the watch has a “screw-down crown” function to ensure water-resistance, if the crown is not screwed down appropriately it is likely to allow moisture to enter. If condensation appears please book the watch in at your local branch immediately and our technicians will try to help. The longer the watch is left the more likely it is for rust to occur or for damage to appear on the dial.
Following an inspection we also offer pressure testing in branch to identify whether the crown was the culprit or the leak was due to a fault elsewhere. See: Re-sealing and Pressure testing
I cannot pull the crown or winder out to change the time.
Please check that your watch does not have a screw down crown, if so you will be required to carefully screw the crown (winder) away from the watchcase. Once this is released you will be easily able to pull the stem into it’s time setting function. Be sure to screw the crown back to the case once completed.
Alternatively, the age and wear of the watch can affect the functionality of the crown. Wear or rust can cause the stem and crown to stick to the case. In this case we may be required to fit a replacement.
I have pulled the stem and crown and it has disconnected with the watch, can you help?
The sight of a stem and crown completely detached from the watch is common following the clock changes. Some in part due to user error, some may have come loose due to a fault or wear of the watch. In most cases we can repair this.
Best case scenario – we can re-attach the original stem and crown.
Worst case scenario – the movement has been damaged and it will require some work or replacement.
Book the watch in and allow our technicians to provide a diagnosis and advise the best course of action.