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A brief introduction to timepiece mechanics

All watches tell the time... but not all watches operate the same way. Understanding how your timepiece works is a crucial part of ownership and maintenance. If your watch has an automatic movement it will need more care and attention than one which features a quartz movement. Below we've outlined some of the key differences between automatic and quartz operated watches.

Automatic Timepieces

For an automatic self-winding watch to function properly the mainspring must build up a sufficient power reserve. Many people are unaware that a self-winding watch needs to be wound first manually before it will run automatically. This is called the initiation process and without this, your timepiece will never operate properly or consistently.


To initiate the watch, turn the winding crown at the 3 o'clock position in a clockwise direction for about 20 revolutions. This start up wind is usually sufficient for most automatic watches. The initiation process will manually tighten the small spring inside of the watch, so that it builds up enough tension for the timepiece to operate. As the spring starts to unfurl itself it will pull along the cogs that, through intricate engineering, in turn, move the hands. Once the spring is completely unfurled then the watch will stop operating. 


After the initiation process has been completed the watch will wind itself automatically by means of an oscillation weight that moves every time the watch's position is changed. A self-winding watch should be worn for at least eight hours a day to maximize the power reserve. If this isn't possible, or if the watch has not been worn for more than 15 hours, the initiation process must be repeated.

Quartz / Battery Powered Timepieces

Unlike their mechanical counterparts, a watch with a quartz movement does not require any winding nor initiation.


Because it utilizes a battery which sends an electrical signal through a tiny crystal of quartz, it requires relatively little upkeep and should keep the time regardless of how often it is worn.

How To Wind Your Automatic Wrist Watch

WATCH VIDEO
01 — Push The Crown In

Make sure the crown is fully pushed in, so the winding mechanism is connected to the crown. If the crown is pulled out, the watch will be in time-setting mode.

02 — Rotate The Crown

Rotate the crown in a clockwise direction (away from yourself) for around 20-30 full rotations. This should wind the mainspring enough so that it is fully charged.

03 — Repeat If Not Worn 
(For At Least 15 Hours)

A fully charged watch should last for around 10-15 hours without any movement 'topping it up'. If it's not worn for at least this period of time you will need to repeat the process.

Changing The Straps On Your Watch

WATCH VIDEO
01 — Lift The Buckle

Using either a flathead screwdriver or other adjustment tool.

02 — Shift The Buckle

To the desired slot to adjust the length of the strap.

03 — Press The Buckle

down firmly to secure the clasp. You will hear an audible click.

Setting Your Watch

For comprehensive instructions on how to operate each watch please review the interactive tool below. If you have any questions please feel free to get in contact with us at info@ralphchristian.com

  • AVALON
  • PRAGUE
  • MILAN
  • MAVERICK
  • SETTING THE TIME
  • INITIATING THE MOVEMENT
  • STRAPS
  • ADJUSTING YOUR MESH SLIDING CLASP

Pull out the crown until you hear an audible click. Rotate the crown in an anti-clockwise direction until you reach the correct time. Once set, push the crown back into the starting position. 

As the Avalon has an automatic movement, you will need to 'initiate' it when first using it after a period of it laying dormant. Please see the text on 'Automatic Watches' above for more information.

To remove the current strap simply press the springbar lever in and lift the strap out of place to remove it from the watch case. 


To attach a new strap, align the left side of the springbar lever into the cut-out hold in the watch-case. Press in the springbar lever to align the right side in the opposite cut-out hold. You may need to adjust the position slightly until it locks into place.

1. Simply lift up the buckle with a flathead screwdriver or other adjustment tool.

2. Slide the clasp to the desired slot to adjust the length of the strap.

3. Push the buckle down to secure the clasp. 

  • SETTING THE TIME
  • INITIATING THE MOVEMENT

Pull out the crown until you hear an audible click. Rotate the crown in an anti-clockwise direction until you reach the correct time. Once set, push the crown back into the starting position. 

As the Prague has an automatic movement, you will need to 'initiate' it when first using it after a period of it laying dormant. Please see the text on 'Automatic Watches' above for more information.

  • SETTING THE TIME
  • SETTING THE DAY OF THE WEEK
  • SETTING THE DAY OF THE MONTH
  • THE 24 HOUR TIME SUBDIAL
  • ADJUSTING AND CHANGING THE STRAPS
  • ADJUSTING YOUR MESH SLIDING CLASP

Pull out the crown until you hear an audible click. Rotate the crown in a clockwise direction until you reach the correct time. Once set, push the crown back into the starting position.

Simply push button 'A' you reach the correct day.

Simply push buttton 'B' until you reach the correct day

This is automatically synchronised from the time on the main dial and so there is no need to set this.

To remove the current strap simply press the springbar lever in and lift the strap out of place to remove it from the watch case. 


To attach a new strap, align the left side of the springbar lever into the cut-out hold in the watch-case. Press in the springbar lever to align the right side in the opposite cut-out hold. You may need to adjust the position slightly until it locks into place.

1. Simply lift up the buckle with a flathead screwdriver or other adjustment tool.

2. Slide the clasp to the desired slot to adjust the length of the strap.

3. Push the buckle down to secure the clasp. 

  • SETTING THE TIME
  • Initiating The Movement
  • STRAPS

Pull out the crown until you hear an audible click. Rotate the crown in an anti-clockwise direction until you reach the correct time. Once set, push the crown back into the starting position. 

As the Maverick has an automatic movement, you will need to 'initiate' it when first using it after a period of it laying dormant. Please see the text on 'Automatic Watches' above for more information.

To remove the current strap simply press the springbar lever in and lift the strap out of place to remove it from the watch case. 


To attach a new strap, align the left side of the springbar lever into the cut-out hold in the watch-case. Press in the springbar lever to align the right side in the opposite cut-out hold. You may need to adjust the position slightly until it locks into place.

THE RALPH CHRISTIAN 12 MONTH WATCH WARRANTY

This watch comes with a 12 month movement warranty from the date of purchase. This warranty covers the watch movement against manufacturers defects.

Within that period your watch will be repaired free of charge except for a $19.95 shipping & handling fee. We cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss caused in transit.

Please note the warranty does not cover the case, glass or band/strap. Damage caused through accident, misuse, neglect, inexpert repairs, normal wear and tear or theft is also not covered.

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