How To Safely Wind Your Rolex Watch
- Unscrew the crown. The “crown” is the ribbed knob on the 3 O’ clock marker on the watch. It has the Rolex crown symbol on the end. Turn the crown counter-clockwise between your index finger and thumb. Your thumb should rotate down, toward you. Unscrew it until you feel it release, or spring open slightly from the watch.
- To wind your watch, use your thumb and index finger to slowly turn the crown clockwise a full rotation. Now, your thumb should rotate upward and away from you. Wind your watch about 30-40 times. This will fully wind the watch. Do not worry about over winding your watch. Rolex watches are designed to prevent this from occurring.
- Screw the crown gently back into the watch by depressing the crown back into the watch. As you apply pressure on the crown, screw it until finger tight. This will ensure it is water proof again.
At this point your watch should fully be operational with the second hand rotating smoothly. If you do not see the second hand moving after winding and rotating the watch, it might need to be looked at by an authorized Rolex repair center.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Rolex
Your Rolex watch will give you years of flawless use and enjoyment if you do a few simple steps to keep it cleaned and maintained. Your watch is a very valuable item that must be maintained and cared for in order to help retain its value and to keep it functioning properly. Keep in mind, your watch is designed and manufactured to stand up to daily wear. But, of course, this will lead to the watch case, band and clasp getting dirty. You can do a few simple tasks to keep your investment in top running condition.
- Start by washing your hands to ensure they are clean & dirt free.
- Make sure your screw-down crown is tight and locked in the waterproof position.
- Rinse your watch with lukewarm water, rinsing any loose dirt off the watch
- Use an old toothbrush (soft bristles) and ammonia-free soap to wash the watch’s surface. Pay attention to areas between the links and inside of the clasp.
- Continue this cleaning on the watch case, front and back and especially where the watch case and band link together. Your skin’s salt and sweat will build up around this area.
- When finished, rinse the entire watch case, band and clasp in warm water.
- Dry your watch with a soft, lint-free cloth. Lay the watch on the cloth for a period of time to allow hard-to-reach spots to dry thoroughly.