Rolex Watch Time Setting Crown Direction

Rolex Watch Time Setting Crown Direction

Rolex Watch Time Setting Crown Direction

Some watch collectors think one surefire way to spot a fake Rolex movement is to wind the crown clockwise to set the time of the hands (aka advance the hands forward). This is a replica watch myth. Anyone who says Rolex watches only set the time by turning the crown clockwise hasn’t handled many Rolex watches. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer for time-setting on every Rolex watch. Like many fake watch tests, the information is only as good as the knowledge of the collector.  If you’re one of those people who trolls the internet claiming a watch is fake without knowing which Rolex model should wind in which direction, the chart below will help you avoid looking inexperienced.

Here is a list of Rolex calibers and which direction to wind the crown to set the time (advance the hands forward):

Caliber/Movement Number
ModelsCrown Direction to Move Hands Forward
651CelliniClockwise
727DaytonaClockwise
750CelliniClockwise
1225OysterdateCounterclockwise
1240CelliniCounterclockwise
1400CelliniCounterclockwise
1520SubmarinerCounterclockwise
1530SubmarinerCounterclockwise
1560Submariner/ExplorerCounterclockwise
1565DatejustCounterclockwise
1569calibercorner.comcalibercorner.com
1570Oyster PerpetualCounterclockwise
1575Submariner/Datejust/GMT-MasterCounterclockwise
1580MilgaussCounterclockwise
1600Cellini/VintageClockwise
1601CelliniClockwise
1602CelliniClockwise
1800LadyCounterclockwise
2030Oyster PerpetualCounterclockwise
2035DatejustCounterclockwise
2130Oyster PerpetualCounterclockwise
2135DatejustCounterclockwise
2230Oyster PerpetualCounterclockwise
2237calibercorner.comcalibercorner.com
2231Oyster PerpetualCounterclockwise
2235Datejust/YachtmasterCounterclockwise
3000Submariner/Explorer 1/Air KingCounterclockwise
3035Submariner/Sea-Dweller/Datejust/DateCounterclockwise
3055Day-DateCounterclockwise
3075GMT-MasterCounterclockwise
3085GMT-Master IIClockwise
3130Submariner/Explorer 1Clockwise
3131MilgaussClockwise
3132Explorer 1Clockwise
3169calibercorner.comcalibercorner.com
3135Submariner/Deepsea/Sea-Dweller/Datejust/Date/Turn-O-GraphClockwise
3136Datejust IIClockwise
3155Day-DateClockwise
3156Day-Date IIClockwise
3175GMT-MasterClockwise
3185GMT-Master II/Explorer IIClockwise
3186GMT-Master II/Explorer IIClockwise
3187Explorer IIClockwise
3235Sea-Dweller 126600/Datejust 41Counterclockwise
3255Day-Date 40Unknown, please add to comments.
4030DaytonaCounterclockwise
4130DaytonaClockwise
4188calibercorner.comcalibercorner.com
4160Yachtmaster IIClockwise
4161Yachtmaster IIClockwise
5035Datejust (Oysterquartz)Counterclockwise
5055Day-Date (Oysterquartz)Counterclockwise
6220CelliniClockwise
6621CelliniClockwise
7040Cellini (Prince)Clockwise
9001Sky-DwellerCounterclockwise

This clockwise/counter-clockwise list might be missing some Rolex calibers and may contains errors. It should be used for informational purposes only. If you catch a mistake in the table, please let us know in the comments below so we can update the information!


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Austin Daniels
Austin Daniels
3 years ago

I don’t understand what this article is saying. You can set the watch by turning the crown clockwise or counterclockwise, the only difference being whether the hands move clockwise or counterclockwise.
Above it says a Sub sets counterclockwise, but turning the crown clockwise turns the hands clockwise:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olj2p1YEgmY&t=2m09s

My 3185 GMT, which is listed above as setting clockwise operates just like the Sub.

So, what is this article saying?

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

Excellent info, while winding my wife’s 79178 President ( 2235) I noticed the hands moved forward when crow was turned counter clockwise,unlike my President 118238,my TT Sub(3135) or her 67193 (2130).This chart confirms that is indeed correct-thank you !

Chad
Chad
3 years ago

How do I find the correct Caliber/movement number for my watch?

Chad
Chad
3 years ago

Submariner Date Model #116610
Serial #M520116. Thank you for the help!

Johann
Johann
1 year ago
Reply to  Chad

Hi Chad, your watch is powered by the caliber Mingzhu 2813
Hope you didn’t pay the price of a real sub..
Serial M520116 is actually for a 16610 and is used on a lot of cheap sub-c knockoffs

Craig
Craig
3 years ago

Very helpful post, I’ve been searching all over, but finally found the answer here! All my Rolexes advance by turning clockwise, so I was concerned when I found the opposite when setting my wife’s watch.

Edwin
Edwin
2 years ago

Very useful article. I was confused when finding 2 Rolex watches advance in different direction. Now i got the answer. Thank you for the article!

Dave Rankin
Dave Rankin
2 years ago

Hi This is a excellent post thanks! I have a GMT master II Reference 126711CHNR 3285 movement. And it counterclockwise I found the very Weird as my other two Rolexes wound clockwise.
I went into my local AD and they didn’t know why and found it also weird goes to show there is a lot more to a Rolex and meets the eye!

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Thank you for a very informative post!
Anyone who knows in which direction an authentic Oysterdate Precision (6694) is supposed to be set?
Thank you in advance.

Marc Murphy
Marc Murphy
1 year ago

I just got a seadweller 126600 with the 3235 movement and I was getting a bit worried as always set my time by turning the clown clockwise, couldn’t even get an answer from a rolex shop why I was having to turn anti clockwise so this article has settled me down a bit so thank you very much.

John
John
1 year ago

What moment is the new rolex deep sea sea dweller James Cameron

KeepTheTime.com
KeepTheTime.com
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Rolex caliber 3235

Nicholas Foster
Nicholas Foster
1 year ago

The day date 40 is counter clockwise!

William
William
1 year ago

Awkward article. As pointed out, either direction sets the time either forward or backward. What I want to know is how many turns of the crown will fully wind the 3235 movement. Apparently 25 is only the starting point. I wound my new 3235, 40 crown turns from the box. And give a rewind every 4 weeks. My Otto Frei timegrapher indicates 0, +1, 0, 0, +1, 0, 0 every time I put my Datejust… Read more »

Sub41
Sub41
1 year ago
Reply to  William

Awkward comment. As pointed out, the article isn’t telling you how many times to fully wind your Datejust, it’s telling you the useful information of which direction the crown turns the hands. Useful for spotting fakes, e.t.c.

Rochester_Rollie
Rochester_Rollie
1 year ago
Reply to  William

He got a new 3235 Datejust and it wasn’t running when he opened the box? How did he achieve this when it doesn’t take much to get a Rolex running? The AD would have wound it up and should have set it. If it was bought grey market it would have been shaken up in transit. Only if the package sat there a couple days then opened it carefully enough to not make the rotor… Read more »

Paulo Angotti
Paulo Angotti
1 year ago

Great info. That was a new learning from Rolex movements.

raffaele corvino
raffaele corvino
10 months ago

what about the deep sea sea dweller jacques piccard edition

Mel
Mel
10 months ago

lol

Fred Kats
Fred Kats
8 months ago

3255 Crown clockwise, hands anti clock wise

ed
ed
7 months ago

For OP41, 3230 movement, crown clockwise, hands movement anti-clockwise.

Fred
Fred
5 months ago

Wich way would the rolex 124060 set its time? clockwise or counter clockwise?

Ned Flanders
Ned Flanders
23 days ago

Hi. I have an OP 41 ref 124300 (3230 movement) and you turn the crown counter clockwise to advance the hands.

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