You need to know how to set the time on your Rolex watch but can’t find your booklet. Since it runs so well you only have to do it twice a year for daylight savings time. It is hard to remember how to do something you only do occasionally. Don’t worry. This article will explain it for you in simple, easy to follow steps.

Things You'll Need

Unscrew the winding crown on your Rolex watch counterclockwise. You should feel it pop out into the winding position. If you don’t feel it pop out, visually check to make sure it has cleared the threads. Your watch is now in the winding position so you can wind it now if you wish.

Pull the winding crown out to the last notch, as far as it will go. This is the time setting position on your Rolex watch. You will see that the second hand has stopped and gone to 12.

Set the time by turning the winding crown clockwise to the correct time. If your watch has a date function insure that you do not change the date accidentally.

Once you have reached the correct time, push the winding crown down and screw it back down until it is just tight. There is no need to over tighten. Once you feel resistance it is secure. This makes your Rolex watch waterproof again.


  • While you have your watch off and in your hands it a good time to check it over for damage or loose stones. If you find something take it to your jeweler immediately.

References and Resources

Rolex Forums