Why do Rolex Datejust Stop Working

Why do Rolex Datejust Stop Working

Is It Normal For A Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual To Stop Working?

It is not normal for a Rolex Datejust to stop running without reason. This should only occur when the watch has not been worn for more than a few days. A Rolex Datejust should not stop if you take it off at night.

A Rolex Datejust has a power reserve store in a mechanical spring. Only if the mechanical power reserve is very low, the Rolex Datejust will stop running. If you manually wind it, the Rolex Datejust should restart immediately and be accurate. If you do not have an active lifestyle, your wrist movement may not fully wind the Rolex Datejust during the day. In that case, you need to wind up the Rolex Datejust manually. If your Rolex watch stops while you have been wearing it regularly, it is time to send it to a Rolex Service Centre (RSC) for servicing. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust service cost will include the fixing of the problem.

To know if your Rolex Datejust has a winding or power reserve issue that needs a Rolex service, you can do a self-test.

A Rolex Datejust watch will stop if not worn. Today the Rolex manufacture only produces automatic mechanical watches.

An automatic watch needs to be worn daily to work accurately. Rolex Datejust have a mechanical power reserve, and they will continue running if you take them off for the night. Most Rolex Datejust can run up to 40 hours when they are not worn, recent Rolex models can go up to 70 hours. If your Rolex Datejust stopped working after not wearing it for days, you can restart it by manually winding the watch using the crown. The Rolex Datejust should restart without any problem. When manually wound, a Rolex Datejust should be accurate and run for 40 hours or 70 hours. (see how to wind a Rolex Datejust)

Rolex Datejust are self-winding watches. It means that if you wear them during the day, you do not need to rewind them manually every day.

Does Rolex Datejust Stop Running If You Don't Wear It Or At Night?

It is not normal for a Rolex to stop running overnight. Rolex Datejust watches should be running for at least 40 hours when fully wound. Let's look at the possible reason why your Rolex stops running overnight.

Self-winding Rolex Datejust watches need to be worn during the day to keep the power reserve charged. At the start of the day, you can wind the Rolex Datejust, after which, your wrist movement will be charging the watch power reserve.

It takes about 800 wrist movements to fully charge the Rolex Datejust

Do not shake a Rolex Datejust watch to speed up the charge. It will not work, and you can damage your watch. If you have an inactive lifestyle because you are working on a computer all day, your wrist movement will not keep the power reserve up. At night the Rolex Datejust can stop running due to a depleted power reserve.

Watches Power Reserve Problems

If you wind your Rolex Datejust watch and it still stops working overnights, then there is a problem with the watch power reserve. If you have any doubt about your Rolex Datejust power reserve, you can do a self-test.

If the test confirm that your Rolex Datejust power reserve is lower that the model specifications, it mean that there is a problem with the watch movement. The Rolex Datejust need to be serviced by a Rolex Service Center or a qualified Rolex watchmaker.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace Batteries On Datejust Models

If Rolex Datejust stop running, it is not because the battery has worn out: There is no batteries in Rolex Datejust Watches.

Datejust is not powered by batteries

Except for the Rolex Oysterquartz (discontinued in 2001), Rolex watches don't have a battery. Your Rolex model is written on the dial of the watch and should say: DATEJUST OYSTER PERPETUAL.

If your dial does not say Rolex Oysterquartz, your Rolex is a self-winding mechanical watch running without a battery. A mechanical spring powers the Rolex Datejust watch movement.

Watches Power Reserve Time

A fully wound Rolex Datejust watch should have a reliable power reserve. Most watches manufactured by Rolex have a minimum of 40 hours of power reserve. Modern Rolexes have a 70 hour powers reserve.

The Power reserve is the length of time a fully wound Rolex Datejust watch should run if you don't wear it.

Rolex Datejust Power Reserve Problem

If you have worn your Rolex Datejust all day and it stops running overnight; you have a power reserve problem. Before you send your Rolex Datejust for service, you can test your watch power reserve.

How To Time Your Watch Power Reserve

Rolex Datejust power reserve specifications: The power reserve of Rolex Datejust is indicated in the manual sold with the watch. Under technical specifications your will find the Power Reserve written in HOURS.

  1. Fully wind the Rolex Datejust watch (link: how to wind a Rolex)
  2. Synchronize the Rolex Datejust with an accurate clock. Your smartphone or personal computer are accurate timekeepers.
  3. Place your Rolex Datejust in a location where it will not move or be move for a couple of days.
  4. Use your smartphone or any other device to set the alarm to check the Rolex Datejust every 12 hours (or every 6 hours for a more precise diagnose).
  5. When the alarm rings, check if the Rolex Datejust is still running and if the time is accurate. (Rolex accuracy is +2/-2 seconds per day)

Power Reserve Test Result

If the Rolex Datejust stops working before the power reserve specifications or if the Rolex Datejust time is not accurate, it is confirmation that there is a problem with your Rolex Datejust and it needs to be serviced by a qualified Rolex watchmaker. The next question people ask when they need to send their watch for servicing is : How long does Rolex take to service a Rolex Datejust watch? It will be long, about 8 weeks.

How To Wind Up Rolex Datejust

When you invest in an expensive Rolex Datejust watch, there are some functions you will need to know how to perform regularly. One of those is how to wind a Rolex Datejust watch.

Rolex watches have a self-winding automatic movement.

Can you manually wind a Rolex Datejust?

A Rolex Datejust can be manually wound. You should plan to wear it daily for optimal performance because the motion of the wrist drives the Rolex Datejust automatic movement.

Having an automatic self winding movement does not mean that a Rolex Datejust should not also be manually wound from time to time.

Where to wind a Rolex Datejust watch

Winding a Rolex Datejust requires the crown to be open and pulled out. It this situation, your Rolex Datejust will be less resistant to condensation and moisture.

Therefore, you should not wind your Rolex Datejust watch in a steaming shower room or a room with a high level of humidity.

Don't wind a Rolex Datejust on your wrist

To wind your Rolex Datejust, take it off your wrist first because winding a Rolex Datejust when it is on will put pressure on the internal movement if you bend the crown stem.

Unscrew the Rolex Datejust's crown

The crown needs to be unscrewed from the side of the case before you can wind the Rolex Datejust.

Once it's free from the threads, pull out the crown to the winding position.

Which way to wind a Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust winding direction is clockwise. Rotate the Rolex Datejust's crown clockwise about 40 turns to wind up the watch mainspring.

Is it bad to wind a Rolex Datejust backwards?

By accident, some Rolex owners have wound their Rolex Datejust backwards and are worried it damage the watch. To wind a Rolex Datejust backwards (anticlockwise) will not damage the watch.

Winding a Rolex Datejust backwards will not wind up a Rolex, but it will not damage the movement.

how many times should you wind a rolex

To wind a Rolex Datejust you need to rotate the crown 40 time in the clock wise direction.

Rolex Datejust winding crown doesn't have a point of resistance

When winding a Rolex Datejust, you will not reach a mechanical point of resistance, like a classic mechanical watch.

People who are used to manual winding watches could be confused when winding a Rolex Datejust. Many wonder when to stop winding the watch and are waiting for the point of resistance that never comes. Forty clockwise turns are enough to wind a Rolex Datejust fully.

Screw back to crown for water resistance

After winding the Rolex Datejust and setting the time and date, push in the crown and screw it back tight to the case. It is essential to keep your Rolex Datejust waterproof. A Rolex Datejust with an unscrewed crown is not water resistant.

Can You Overwind A Rolex Datejust?

You can NOT overwind an automatic modern Rolex Datejust watch. There is a slip gear inside the Rolex Datejust watch to protect it from overwinding. When the Rolex Datejust is fully wound, it will just stop sending tension to the mainspring.

You can wind a Rolex Datejust for an hour, you can not overwind it and it's never going to break the watch.

Unlike other mechanical watches, Rolexes don't have a point of resistance when it is fully wound. It will simply stop winding the mainspring. You need to count about 40 turns, and your Rolex is fully wound.

How Often Should You Wind A Rolex Datejust

A Rolex Datejust watch does not need daily winding up because wearing it will do it automatically. Throughout your day, the perpetual rotor transfers energy from your wrist to the Rolex Datejust, providing a constant and stable power source. If you take it off at night, the Rolex Datejust power reserve will keep the watch running.

There are a couple of occasions when you need to manually wind a Rolex Datejust:

Your Rolex Datejust has stopped because you have not worn it for a while. It would be best if you wind up the mainspring using the crown before you put it on.

You have been inactive during the day, working at a desk. The amount of wrist movement may not be enough to keep the watch fully wound up. It is recommended to manually wind up the Rolex Datejust before you go to bed.

These are two situations where you want to wind your Rolex Datejust manually. For more information, click on the link: how to wind a Rolex.

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