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How To Adjust & Set The Time On Your Rolex Sea-Dweller

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The Rolex Sea-Dweller, known for its deep-sea prowess, is a marvel in both design and function. But to make the most of its precision, setting the time correctly is essential. If you’re seeking a simple guide to adjust and synchronise your Sea-Dweller, you’ve docked at the right spot. Join us as we walk you through the process, ensuring your timepiece remains a reliable partner, whether you’re on land or beneath the waves.

How Do You Adjust A Sea-Dweller Watch?

Examine the bracelet of your Sea-Dweller to identify the links that can be adjusted. The bracelet is composed of multiple links held together by pins or screws. Look for small arrows or indication marks on the inside of the bracelet links, which show the direction to remove the pins or screws for adjustment.

  1. Gather the Required Tools: Depending on the specific bracelet type, you may need specialised tools to adjust the links. Rolex bracelets often require either a small screwdriver or a pin pusher tool. It’s essential to use the correct tools to avoid damaging the bracelet or compromising its integrity.
  2. Unscrew or Remove the Pins/Screws: For models with screw-in pins, use a small screwdriver to carefully turn the screws counterclockwise until they are loose enough to be removed. If your Sea-Dweller has pin-and-collar links, position a pin pusher tool against the pinhead and gently push in the direction indicated by the arrow. This action will release the pin from the link.
  3. Remove the Desired Links: Once the pins or screws are loosened, carefully extract them from the links. Keep track of the pins or screws, as you will need them later if you want to reattach the removed links in the future. Remove the required number of links to achieve the desired bracelet length.
  4. Reconnect and Secure the Bracelet: After adjusting the bracelet length, align the remaining bracelet links and insert the pins or screws back into the corresponding holes. For screw-in pins, use the screwdriver to turn them clockwise until they are securely in place. For pin-and-collar links, insert the pin back into the hole, making sure it is aligned properly, and gently press it in with the pin pusher tool until it is fully seated.
  5. Verify the Fit: Once the bracelet is reconnected, try on the watch and check the fit on your wrist. Make sure it feels comfortable and secure. If necessary, repeat the adjustment process by removing or adding additional links until you achieve the desired fit.

How Do You Set The Time On A Sea-Dweller?

The crown of the Sea-Dweller is located on the side of the watch case, at the 3 o’clock position. To unscrew it, gently rotate the crown counterclockwise until it pops out slightly from the case. Ensure that the crown is in the unscrewed position before proceeding.

  1. Pull the Crown to the Last Position: Once the crown is unscrewed, gently pull it out to the last position. The last position is typically referred to as the time-setting position, where you can adjust the hour, minute, and second hands.
  2. Set the Time: With the crown in the time-setting position, rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the hands and set the desired time. As you rotate the crown, the hands will move accordingly. Pay attention to the date change, especially around midnight, to ensure proper synchronisation of the time and date.
  3. Setting the Date (if applicable): If your Sea-Dweller has a date function, you can set the date by continuing to rotate the crown clockwise after setting the time. This action will adjust the date display. Make sure to set the date to the correct day by observing the AM/PM indicator or by ensuring that the date changes at midnight.
  4. Push the Crown back in: Once you have set the time and date, gently push the crown back in toward the case. As you push it in, you may feel a slight resistance, indicating that the crown is re-engaging with the case threads.
  5. Screw the Crown: To ensure the water resistance of the Sea-Dweller, screw the crown back into the case by rotating it clockwise. Apply gentle pressure and rotate until the crown is fully tightened. Ensure that the crown is properly screwed down to maintain the watch’s water resistance.

After completing these steps, your Sea-Dweller should be properly set to the desired time. Remember to avoid adjusting the time and date functions during the period when the watch’s calendar is changing (usually between 9 PM and 3 AM), as it may interfere with the proper operation of the mechanism.

ūüí° Read more: Rolex Sea-Dweller Basics: History, Production & Specifications

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