CLOCKS GO BACK – Things to know

Friday 27th October

Twice a year we take part in the ritual of altering our clocks, watches, phones and gadgets either forward or back by 1 hour. “Spring forward and Fallback” is the popular slogan to remember which way we will be changing.

When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 29 October 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned back 1 hour to Sunday, 29 October 2017, 01:00:00 local daylight time instead,

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 29 Oct 2017 than the day before. There will be less light in the evening.
Also called Fall back, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.


The method of DST or “daylight saving time” whilst practiced in Canada in 1908, was first widely used in Europe during world war 1. The theory first suggested by William Willett an Edwardian builder that wanted Brits to stop wasting valuable sunlight hours and dedicated much of his life fighting his cause.

Fun Fact –

Willett is the great-great – Grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin who has songs titled both ‘Clocks’ and ‘Daylight’ on the same album.  Source – The Telegraph



designed to maximise daylight and therefore minimise fuel use for artificial light, saving vital resources for the war effort. Whilst some disbanded DST after the war many adopted it again for the Second World War and it is still practiced today by over 70 countries and affects over 1 billion people.

Whilst for most, 29th October will simply mean an extra hour in bed or the end of British summer time, at The Watch Hospital we know nationwide the following week will see many requests from disgruntled watch owners for whom the time change has caused an issue.


Common situations:

Can you help me change the time on my watch? I have lost the instructions.

Whilst we will be able to help in most cases, we would recommend a small bit of research on your part first. Our technicians see hundreds of variety of watches each with slight variations regarding time + date change, whilst our technicians are the best in the business it is impossible to memorise each time setting function for this volume of watches. Most complicated models now have instructions that can be found online, try checking the manufacturers website or YouTube for a tutorial first.


My watch has let condensation in since changing the time at the weekend. Can you help?

This can happen following a time change mostly because the watch has a “screw-down crown” function to ensure water-resistance, if the crown is not screwed down appropriately it is likely to allow moisture to enter. If condensation appears please book the watch in at your local branch immediately and our technicians will try to help. The longer the watch is left the more likely it is for rust to occur or for damage to appear on the dial.

Following an inspection we also offer pressure testing in branch to identify whether the crown was the culprit or the leak was due to a fault elsewhere. See: Re-sealing and Pressure testing


I cannot pull the crown or winder out to change the time.

Please check that your watch does not have a screw down crown, if so you will be required to carefully screw the crown (winder) away from the watchcase. Once this is released you will be easily able to pull the stem into it’s time setting function. Be sure to screw the crown back to the case once completed.

Alternatively, the age and wear of the watch can affect the functionality of the crown. Wear or rust can cause the stem and crown to stick to the case. In this case we may be required to fit a replacement.


I have pulled the stem and crown and it has disconnected with the watch, can you help?

The sight of a stem and crown completely detached from the watch is common following the clock changes. Some in part due to user error, some may have come loose due to a fault or wear of the watch. In most cases we can repair this.

Best case scenario – we can re-attach the original stem and crown.

Worst case scenario – the movement has been damaged and it will require some work or replacement.

man repairing watch

Book the watch in and allow our technicians to provide a diagnosis and advise the best course of action.



Tips and tricks –

– Check if your watch has a DST mode, most popular digital models now have this and if toggled on can make the process much easier.

Clocks go forward– If you’ve lost the instructions manual most manufacturers now have online downloadable versions. See Casio’s as an example here:

Simply search your model number or if not found look for a similar equivalent.


– Most manual watches are fairly straight forward to alter, however make sure you pull the crown (winder) with caution as too much force particularly on an aged watch can cause the damage to the movement or completely disconnecting the stem + crown.


– A date function on your watch may cause slight confusion – on standard models the Date-set will be the first point of pulling the crown out. We’d recommend pulling the crown out to the end point to set the time first and pushing it back “half way” in to the first setting position to then alter the date.

As setting the time you should wind the watch clockwise, when passing 12 be sure to keep an eye on the date wheel – if this changes (usually between 12-2) then the watch is telling you that it thinks it’s morning or AM. Likewise, if the date wheel doesn’t change then it believes it is mid-day i.e no need to change forward a day. Keep this in mind when altering to ensure the date will be changing at midnight and not moving forward at mid-day.


– If your watch receives it’s time from a signal for example, a Casio waveceptor ensure the “Auto DST” setting is turned on in the lead up to the time change. This setting will allow the watch to automatically adjust the time and should be turned off when in areas that do not use the daylight saving time.


Clocks go forward


Once this is on, we would recommend leaving the watch in an area of strong signal for example a windowsill, with the “12” facing out. This should allow the watch to receive signal and when you wake the timepiece should have adjusted the watch to the correct time.

If you do experience any problems be sure to get in touch via [email protected] or pop into your local branch.