PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU WEAR WIND OR SET THE DATE ON YOUR NEWLY RESTORED VINTAGE TIME PIECE
CARING FOR YOUR VINTAGE WATCH
1) SETTING DAY OR DATE:
“QUICK SET”: PULLING CROWN TO FIRST POSITION CLOCK WISE AND COUNTER CLOCKWISE. SETS DAY AND DATE. SOME SEIKO HAVE A PUSH-IN SETTING SYSTEM
MANUAL SET: TURNING CLOCK WISE UNTIL DATE CHANGES, REPEAT
MANUAL SET 2: SET BY TURNING CLOCKWISE FROM 20 (8) TO 24 (12) HOUR. YOU TURN THE HANDS CLOCKWISE UNTIL DATE CHANGES, THEN GO BACK TO 20 HOUR (8) AND THEN CLOCKWISE TO 24 HOUR (12). YOU REPEAT THIS UNTIL DATE IS APPROPRIATE.
2) NEVER WIND YOUR WATCH TO MAXIMUM SPRING TENSION:
By twisting the watches crown with the thumb and forefinger in a clockwise fashion.you wind your watches mainspring. The crown will spin both directions yet will only wind one direction. NEVER wind a vintage watch to its maximum position. Rather, when you receive your manual wind watch, gently wind the CROWN back and forth between thumb and forefinger maybe TEN TIMES. Then WEAR IT. As you do this you will know how much to wind it to suit your needs. You want TO LEARN YOUR WATCH. My experience has taught me that if you wind it and wear it and get used to occasionally winding it during the day, the watch will operate for a long time before servicing is required again.
3) PULLING CROWN
PLEASE PULL CROWNS GENTLY WHEN SETTING TIME/DATE. Do NOT PULL IT OUT! Grasp Crown Between THUMB AND FOREFINGER NAILS and LEVER IT OUT IN ONE MOTION..
4 ) TURNING WHEELS IN ONE DIRECTION
WHEN EVER POSSIBLE SET TIME IN CLOCK-WISE MOTION ONLY. TRY NOT TO SET VINTAGE WATCHES COUNTER (REVERSE) CLOCKWISE UNLESS IT IS FOR SETTING DATE .
5) AUTOMATIC WINDING
FULL AUTOMATICS MUST BE MOVED UP AND DOWN COUNTING AT LEAST 30 TIMES PER DOUBLE MOVEMENT BEFORE WEARING.
6) STORING WATCH
PLACE WATCH WITH FACE UP IF POSSIBLE WHEN STORING OR NOT WEARING. NEVER PLACE YOUR WATCH ON ITS SIDE.
7) WATER RESISTANCE
DO NOT SWIM OR TAKE SHOWER WITH YOUR WATCH ON UNLESS IT HAS A SCREW DOWN CROWN AND HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR WATER USE BY GSW. MANY DIVE WATCHES HAVE NON-SCREW DOWN CROWNS. REPLACING SEALS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MAKE UP FOR CASE AND STEM TUBE WEAR. NOT ALL STEM TUBES ARE AVAILABLE FOR VINTAGE WATCHES.
8) YOUR CAR
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VINTAGE TIME PIECE IN A VEHICLE– EXTREME TEMPERATURES CAN HARM THE WATCH.
DO NOT USE CHEMICALS, CLEANERS or JEWELRY BUFFING CLOTHS. USE A DAMP SOFT COTTON CLOTH to clean your vintage watch. Paying extra attention to cleaning the underside case back also.
10) DO NOT WEAR YOUR VINTAGE TIME PIECE while working with tools such as hammers or vibrating tools. KEEP YOUR WATCH away from magnetic devises and fields, even if it states ANTIMAGNETIC.
11) CRYSTAL CARE:
MINERAL GLASS :: cannot be buffed out. can scratch, the most toughest of all crystals .
SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL: cannot be buffed out. is clearer than any other crystal, but shatters easy,
HARDLEX/COATED : cannot be buffed out. can scratch, scratches less than straight mineral glass crystals .
PLASTIC: though this is the least appreciated crystal, it is the best due to the fact that SCRATCHES CAN BE BUFFED OUT, If you scratch it, any local jeweler should be able to buff out in a few minutes.
12) TWO OR MORE CROWNS:
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN YOU HAVE TWO OR MORE CROWNS, AND ONE IS FOR TURNING AN INNER CHAPTER RING, SUCH AS RADO CAPTAIN HOOK, VELESSA AND OTHERS, NEVER ATTEMPT TO PULL THAT CROWN OUT.
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