In this Watch Winding 101 video, I show you how to properly wind an Audemars Piguet (AP) and set it on time.
APs tend to be a bit more delicate thank Rolex watches. For example, you can’t yank the crown on an AP like you can on a more robust Rolex without screwing something up!
Unlike a Rolex watch which has a spring action pin that holds the crown in place, what holds the actual crown into an AP watch’s movement is a very tiny adjustment screw. It’s can become a watchmaker’s worst nightmare if they tighten that screw too tightly.
Because of this, what happens sometimes when people are a bit too rough when manipulating the crown on an AP, is that they end up with the entire crown in their hand! This sucks, but it could happen if you’re not careful. If this happens to you for whatever reason, do not try to jam the pin back in. Instead, you should take the watch back to the store where you bought it or send it straight to Audemars Piguet.
Setting the Date and Time on an AP
If I haven’t wound the watch in a while, I like to first turn the crown around 10 times after I pop it to the first position. That should be enough to get the movement wound up and going again.
IMPORTANT: When the hour hand is between the 11 and 1 o’clock positions is when the watch’s movement is getting ready to switch the date. At that point, it’s not recommended to turn date wheel to change the date.
What I do to avoid potentially breaking the watch is first set the time to 6 o’clock, then changing the date.
Just remember that none of the movements while you’re changing the date or time on an AP should feel forced. If something feels weird or off, then you’re probably doing it wrong. Stop, reassess, and try it again. Don’t damage the movement!
Just remember to follow my instructions and be delicate when winding your AP or setting it on time/date.
Make sure to share this video with someone that’s into luxury watches, especially the Audemars Piguet brand.
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