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How do you set time on a Timex 1440 sports watch?

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We found this watch to have the wrong manual and no manual on Timex's web site. However, here are some instructions that seem to work: TIME AND DATE 1. Press and hold MODE until HOURS digits flash (you'll be in Alarm Mode) Press MODE again to enter TIME mode, SECONDS digits will flash. 2. Press ADJUST to set SECONDS to zero. 3. Press START/STOP to select MINUTES. 4. Press ADJUST to change. 5. Repeat to set HOURS, MONTH, DAYS, and DAY of WEEK. Go through 12 hours to set AM or PM. 6. Press MODE when done. 7. To display DATE from Time display , press START/STOP. 8. With DATE displayed press and hold START/STOP, then press ADJUST to change display between DATE-MONTH and MONTH-DATE. 9. With TIME displayed, press and hold ADJUST, then press MODE to switch between 12-and 24-hour format. ALARM AND HOURLY CHIME 1. Press and hold MODE until HOURS digits, DAY, and A or P (for AM or PM) flash. 2. Press ADJUST to change HOURS digits. Go through 12 hours for AM or PM. 3. Press START/STOP to select MINUTES. 4. Press ADJUST to change.. Press MODE when done. 5. Press and hold ADJUST, then press START/STOP to turn chime on/off. Press START/STOP again to turn alarm on /off. Release START/STOP when done. CHRONOGRAPH 1. Chronograph will count up to 24 hours. Lap times are not stored. After 40 minutes chrono display changes from seconds to minutes. 2. With time displayed, press MODE to select Chrono Mode. 3. Press START/STOP to start. 4. Press ADJUST to view lap time. Press again to sesume lap timing. 5. Press START/STOP to stop timing . Press ADJUST to reset chrono to zero. 6. Repeat for successive laps.
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How much do omega watches cost and how long do they last?

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An Omega watch can cost anywhere from two thousand to over three thousand dollars. They are supposed to last for as long as you own the watch. Most will have a lifetime warranty at time of purchase.
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How much is a minicci wrist watch?

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"Minicci® is a registered trademark used for Watches and Costume Jewelry and owned by Payless ShoeSource Worldwide, Inc.."
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How do you slow down my automatic watch?

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You need to get it to a watch expert to fix it. A good watch that is running slow needs an expert to work on it to fix the problem. In today's world where people do not have a real watch and expect like a computer or cell phone , the owner can do something to change how it works. A good watch is a finely crafted machine. If it is running fast an expert has to work on it to get it back in good working order.
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What hand do you wear a watch on?

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Originally people had to wind their watch each day. Watches were designed so that they could be wound by the watch stem with the right hand. Most people wore their watches on their left wrists to make it easier to wind the watch with their right hand. With improvements in watches such as batteries and self-winding watches, the stem has become a way to set the watch, but is no longer needed for winding the watch each day. It has become more of a personal preference as to which hand to wear the watch on. Right handed people tend to wear their watches on their left wrist to avoid interference with activities such as hand writing, etc., where as left handed people tend to wear their watches on their right wrists, for the same reasons.
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Are dolce and gabbana watches made in china?

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Usually, most of the D&G brands are made in China. The Dolce and Gabbana brands, on the other hand are made in Italy.
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What watches are not made in china?

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brands such as hamilton, rolex,victorinox, citizen, seiko, orient. the first 3 are Swiss the rest are Japanese, also all the brands except rolex are affordable to the average citizen.
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What kind of diamonds are in fossil watches?

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Fossil watches -- the brand -- are not expensive enough to be made with real diamonds. The sparkle you see in their manufacture is probably glass or some kind of crystal.
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How do you stop a digital watch from beeping hourly?

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normally digital watch can turn off alarm and hourly beeping. The best way is to find the guide on your user manual. If you don't have a user manual. Try to press 2 buttons at same time for a while.
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How do you set time on a acqua indiglo 30m watch?

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Hold the mode button down until setting changes to alarm and starts flashing. Press the mode button again to switch to time. Use the SPL/Reset and ST/STOP buttons to change the time and switch between the seconds, minutes, hours, date, month, day. Press the mode button again to make it stop flashing. And your time should be set.
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Why does the AW60443W watch reset itself?

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I've noticed the same problem. I think it may happen when you build up static electricity and then release it through your finger. That's my only thought because I just put a fresh Duracell battery in and I know that it should work after that and I just shocked myself a bunch of times today and noticed that the watch had been reset.
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Who makes coach watches?

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Movado manufactures them for Coach
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What is the quality of Charles Hubert watches?

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The Charles Hubert watches are regarded timepieces. Ok, let me clarify something. Charles Hubert is not a luxury brand, but produces some very high quality watches. I have some Charles Hubert pocket watches, and I don't have any negative remarks about those pocket watches. I don't know the quality of the wrist watches because I have no Charles Hubert wrist watch, but if they make high quality pocket watches, I suppose the wrist watches quality is also the same. The watches are made in Paris with Swiss internal parts, like the movement.
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How do you adjust watch band on triumph watch?

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, our Triumph watch from MIO allows for the face to be 'popped' out by hand and placed into another band (different colors). As far as fit, each band has the same size options. If you have any questions DM me on twitter @MIOwatch. Best, Blaine
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Check your gucci watch serial number?

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Dear i want to know the price of my gucci 99250 ARGENT REF 2201?/
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How do you get rotom to go back to its original form?

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step back onto the tile that you stepped on to change him.EX)if you stepped on a red tile and changed him then step back onto that red tile to cancel out what you just did
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How do you change the battery in your fossil watch?

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The cover on the rear OF ROUND FOSSIL WATCHES is usually threaded. Threaded covers have a series of square notches cut into the outside perimeter of the round back case. Use some tool (small needle nose?, I used a set of measuring calipers) to insert in two of the opposite notches on the cover. Spin it off counter clockwise VERY FIRMLY. Then carefully pull up the plastic retainer. Push the metal tab (over the one side of the battery) off of the battery and the battery will pop up. Reverse to reinstall. (Some batteries are not held down my a movable tab, but a tab that cannot be moved. At some top part of the battery along the outer perimeter will be a very small metal tab of part the watch over top of the battery. Do NOT pry the battery up there or you will bend the tab. Pry the battery up from the opposite end using a small screwdriver, and insert the new battery by sliding one side under this tab and pushing the battery down into place.) For SQUARE or other unusual back covers, they can be pried off. Look carefully at the outside edges of the back cover for a place they put to insert a flat jeweler's screwdriver and pry up firmly. Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect your hands. Pliers and screwdrivers can easily slip off and into your hand or eye. All I know is that you have to have a special tool, as the fossil watches are pressure sealed to keep out particles and moisture. That's why it costs so much in the stores to get a simple battery replaced. To remove the back cover I put a long nose plier across an opposite pair of notches on the back cover and unscrewed it gently without letting the plier pop out of the grooves. Looking at the exposed watch, there is a nylon like cover that partly covers the battery. There are open slots on the sides of this cover and it can be removed easily with a very small screwdriver by putting it in a slot and prying it out. Now, looking at the battery, (Different Fossil watches take different sized batteries. Remove your battery before buying a new one, or get the model number of the watch off the back and contact Fossil. Also, since you need to buy a battery anyway, Wal Mart or other jewelers can replace the battery for you since you're already there. It is held in place by a short partial ring on one side and by a long flat spring like device on the other side. The spring is pushed into a pin which keeps it from moving away from the battery. To release the spring, put the screwdriver in the center of the spring, about half way to the battery and lift up. The spring will come out of the locking pin and the battery will be free to remove. After replacing the battery, hold the center of the spring up in the center and push the far end down under the locking pin, and then release the center. (Note, most Fossil watches have battery holders where you simply pry the battery up without any pins or springs. At some top part of the battery along the outer perimeter will be a very small metal tab of the watch over top of the battery. Do NOT pry the battery up there or you will bend the tab. Pry the battery up from the opposite end using a small screwdriver.) Another suggestion: I tried the needle nose pliers method w/ no success. (Some needle nosed pliers are too fat at the tip, and require grinding down. Or, buy or use a tool from Wal Mart as you need to buy a new battery anyway!) I ended up scratching the plate a little bit. Then i took a flat head screwdriver and pushed on one of the notches to make it turn counterclockwise. This had a much better grip. Don't try the little watch/jeweler screw driver, they are too small to hold on well. Inside is a battery (SR927W). (Different Fossil watches take different sized batteries.) D.N.L. I just used regular 'walmart' pliers to open my broken (glass broke somehow...) watch to end my burning curiosity. need to grip it in a vice grip but i used leverage by wedging it in the back end of a hammer i found lying around instead. just needed to push down hard to increase friction (and therefore grip strength) and everything worked fine until it slipped and scratches the bajesus out of it. good thing i didn't care anyhow... The best choice for removing a threaded case back is to use a "case back removal tool", which consists of two or three adjustable "pins" attached to a handle (most WalMarts sell a two-pin tool in their jewelry department, and you can purchase a better three-pin tool from several vendors on eBay). To use it, start by placing the watch face-down on a padded surface (to avoid scratching the crystal). Adjust the pins so that they very snugly fit into the notches cut into the case back; if you don't, the pins can jump out when you try to use it and scratch the watch. Place the tool over the case back and engage the pins into the slots; then, holding the watch steady with one hand and the tool in the other, give the tool a counterclockwise turn to loosen the back (it may take a lot of force to do this, especially if this is the first time the battery is being replaced). Once the case back is loosened (usually about 1/4 to 1/2 turn), remove the tool and finish unscrewing the back by hand to avoid scratching the watch. Be careful as you remove it as some watches use a very thin O-ring on the back to make a watertight seal. After replacing the battery and ensuring the watch is running properly again, carefully inspect the surface of the case and the threading on the case back and remove any dust or grimy deposits with a soft cloth. Then, place the case back onto the case, being careful to align the O-ring or other seals, as well as the case back threads (tip: to ensure the threads are lined up, place the back on the watch and turn it counterclockwise about 1/2 turn or until you feel the ends of the threads "fall" into place). Screw the case back down as far as possible by hand, then use the removal tool to tighten it the rest of the way. I have a fossil watch with a square back and I just changed the battery. I recently purchased a battery changing kit from eBay for about $15 bucks and it paid for itself the same day. My watch back is not threaded, but it is snapped in place. It has four notches protruding from the case that you have to pry off that stick into the case of the watch. The tool kit I purchased comes with a tool that has a rounded knife end with a thick body to grip. I placed this tool into the top of the watch back, right beneath the bands, ensuring that I was in the groove. I tried my best to pry it off but I couldn't. So I placed the tool in that spot, and hammered it, and the back came off. I was able to change the battery and snap the back into place. I'm now wearing that watch as I type.
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Who makes Tiffany watches?

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There are many sellers claiming to sell designer Replicas (also known as knock-offs, fakes, counterfeit items) that come with tags, authenticity cards, serial numbers and even receipts as authentic. If you wish to purchase authentic Tiffany Co jewelry online, the only place to do so is at the Tiffany website (Tiffany.com) Other sites claiming to be Tiffany websites are fake. Tiffany does not have any retailers, re-sellers or distributors. ??? Don't say that last remark to any of the sales people who work at Tiffany on 5th Avenue in New York City! Tiffany buys watch movements from several different watchmakers and then puts the movements in their own watch cases. One of the best-known watchmakers to supply movements to Tiffany is Baume & Mercier.
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Your automatic watch runs to fast how do you slow it down?

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There are two basic cases for a mechanical watch running fast, and determining which case it is depends on how fast it's running. Of course, like anything, the two overlap. If it's ahead by less than 20-30 seconds a day, then this is something which can be corrected by regulating the balance. If it's running faster than that, then you're in to the second case, which is that something is wrong with it. So, if it's running not more than 30 seconds a day fast, you can adjust the regulator with a few simple tools. You'll need a way to open the case, which may be held on with screws, or may be a one piece setup that screws into the main body of the case, requiring a special wrench. And, in most cases, you'll need a good quality small screwdriver to do the adjustment. Typically you'll use a .80mm screwdriver for this. On a fairly typical ETA movement, like the widely used ETA 2892, there will be a regulator screw on the balance part. On a watch with a display back, this should be easily visible. It's a small screw, with a sort of "V" shaped bracket around it, and a series of hash marks on the balance part, with a "+" at one side, and often a "-" at the other. The screw can be turned, using the orientation of the slot lined up with a hash mark, to either plus or minus directions to make it gain or lose time as needed. How this works is that the screw is asymmetric, and rotating it slightly changes the position of the "V" shaped bracket around it, which in turn rotates a collar that moves the curb pins around the hairspring, effectively shortening or lengthening the hairspring, which gives it a slightly shorter or longer return on the oscillation. Older watches will often have a small lever that accomplished the same purpose, and in most cases it simply slides one way or the other. Some will have a screw set in the side of the balance part which pushes on this lever, along with a guard spring that pushes against it the other way, allowing the lever to be very accurately fixed in place through the dual action of the screw from one side, and the "swan's neck" spring from the other. Old Omega movements often have this sort of adjustment, and it's considered a very high quality feature. So, if you're running close to accurate, and the regulator system isn't already set a maximum slow, then you can slow it down this way. The exception is what's called a "free sprung" balance, which does not have a system for altering the effective end location of the hairspring and instead relies on adjustments of the balance to retain accuracy. Don't attempt to regulate these yourself unless you're a skilled watch maker. I believe all current Jaeger-LeCoulter models are free sprung, as are Rolex, and the new Omega Co-axials, as well as many other high quality watches. Generally speaking, a free sprung balance is a superior system since, once set up and regulated professionally, it's not going to change. But, it requires more skill and time during manufacture or repair to get it properly dialed in to begin with. Very inexpensive watches, such as low cost Chinese made automatic movements, will usually lack a mechanism to easily move the curb pins, but will often, inexplicably, have "+" and "-" marks on the balance cock where there isn't a regulating system. Those which do have a provision for moving the curb pins will generally just have a sliding lever such as was common on low-to-mid range Americans and Swiss watches of the 40s-70s. For ones without a regulating system you must move the curb pins manually, using a steady hand and being careful to not touch the hairspring. There are two tabs sticking out from the center of the balance cock. One is the anchor stud for the hairspring, and the other is the hairspring curb pins. The curb pin tab can be identifies by the two small gold colored studs visible on it. What you're looking at is the back of the curb pins, which are set directly into the tab. This tab should slide around the end of the balance cock, with a total range of movmement of about 30 degrees. Moving it towards the other tab, clockwise, will slow the movement, and moving it counterclockwise will speed it up. Regulating this way is best done will small adjustments, and a day of running in between to get an accurate idea of what the adjustment has accomplished. Bear in mind that other factors, such as how fully wound the watch is, whether it's been left overnight sitting face up, or on its side, will change the run rate, too, so there will always be at least a few seconds a day "slop" in there, even on a good quality Swiss made chronometer grade movement. But, with patience and small steps, you can get a mechanical automatic regulated to run quite well. Wear and general condition of the movement will alter the run rate, too, and as long as it's minor and can be accommodated by the regulation system, the watch can be brought back in to an accurate running state using this method. However, beyond this 20-30 second a day zone is where you're looking at an actual problem. More often than not, it's simply a matter of the watch needing a thorough cleaning and re-oiling. General dirtiness of the movement will make the watch run faster by robbing power out of the system. This may seem counterintuitive that less power running though the system would make it run faster, but the explanation is simple. The balance of the watch is an oscillating system, a wheel with a spring which returns the wheel back the way it came if it's rotated. The escapement kicks the wheel through the impulse jewel, which applies force to the hairspring, which then reverses the direction of the balance wheel, which then comes and kicks the escapement on its way past. During this time, the escapement has the mechanical system "locked", so the balance is controlling the rate at which everything runs by unlocking the escapement at a predictable rate, and that rate is determined by the oscillation behaviour of the balance wheel-hairspring system. Every time the escapement gives the balance wheel a kick, it locks, and every time the balance wheel spins back past center, it unlocks, gives the balance a kick along its way, and locks again, and this action repeats around 28,800 times an hour for most movements. If there isn't enough power being delivered by the escapement, the balance doesn't get too far before the hairspring returns it, resulting in a low amplitude oscillation that happens more than 28,800 times per hour, and the watch runs fast*. In the case of an extremely dirty and gunked up movement it can run up to several minutes per hour fast. So, running fast beyond the 20-30 seconds per day window means it's time for a cleaning, and possibly some replacement components. This is best left to a professional, and requires a few hours of highly skilled labor, at the very least. You can certainly learn to work on your own watch, but it will take a lot of practice, a lot of mistakes made, a lot of patience, and some specialized and expensive tools to be learn to clean and rebuild a watch correctly. High magnetic fields can also cause strange and erratic running, including running amazingly fast. So, if you've handled powerful magnets, or worked around strong magnetic fields, this is also a possibility. This causes a watch to run fast for much the same reasons that being dirty causes it to run fast. Attraction between magnetized components robs power from the system, and below a certain power threshold the balance begins to oscillate in a low amplitude way, with a faster beat than it should have*. In this case, a watch can simply be "degaussed" and will return to its usual accuracy. Degaussing involved passing a varying magnetic field across the item to be degaussed such that magnetic domains in ferromagnetic metals and alloys become randomized again, instead of being aligned, which can be caused by exposure to strong external magnetic fields. It's possible to do this at home with a strong magnet, such as a fair sized neodymium magnet, but it's also possible to make things much worse by trying to do this. Degaussing in a purpose-built degaussing machine is much easier and more reliable. A watchmaker will have one of these, and can degauss our watch for you, either alone or as part of a general overhaul. If cleaning and degaussing don't do it, then there is probably something worn somewhere in the mechanism, which is again causing drag on the whole device, robbing power and making it run fast. This is too long of a list of possibilities to go through, but suffice to say that your watchmaker may discover worn parts in the course of a regular service. Typically it takes decades of running for a good quality watch to start needing parts, especially since modern watch cases are generally very dust proof, so unless it's a vintage watch, it probably just needs a good cleaning and oiling. * A pendulum retains the same frequency no matter what its amplitude in the absence of friction, so this isn't strictly correct. More likely is that grime adds friction/tension to the system, limiting motion and effectively shortening the length of a pendulum to increase the frequency.
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How do you take out the links in a watch band?

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Special watch-adjusting tools must be used. Most watches use this technique: Pins are pushed out with the 'gun' from near the clasp of the bracelet by the direction of indicating arrows shown on the inside of the band. Or, traditionally, pins are pushed out with the tools following the direction of the crown of the watch. Some watches like using puzzle links that include small screws and bolts piecing up a design making it more complicated to adjust. This can be done with a small screwdriver or knife. Just put the tip of your tool in the hole by the arrows and tap the other end with a hammer in the direction of the arrows. The pin should come out. I just successfully removed links from my metal band by using an ice pick, a pair of needle nose pliers, and a hammer. The little pins on the side were in really tight (probably a good thing, if you think about it), so it took some gentle hammering on the icepick to dislodge them. Getting the pins back in once you've removed the desired number of links is also a bit challenging, but I did it!
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What does 12 jewels on a wrist watch mean?

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In a watch, the jewels refer to bearings for the shafts of the various moving parts as well as the escapement. Jewels, as opposed to plain bushings, tend to be harder and lower friction and thus wear far less and also tend to make the watch run better. The 7 jewels is the minimum for a functional jeweled movement, this includes 2 jewels for the balance wheel pivots, and balance wheel pivot caps, one roller jewel and 2 pallet jewels (the roller and pallets are part of the escapement). Higher jewel counts have more of the wheels (gears) in jeweled bearings.