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It may be a stretch to say spring is in the air here in Livingston, MT with snow and cold temperatures in the forecast this week, but we are celebrating the last day of winter nonetheless and are patiently hopeful to be graced with warmer weather soon.  Longer days full of beautiful sunshine glittering on new snow brings cheeriness and bright moods, and the recent time change also seems to have inspired calls from our clients with questions about winding and setting their timepieces.  Our clients quickly become friends at Montana Watch Company, and it is always a pleasure to have a reason to visit and catch up a bit, but we thought it may be helpful to post a reminder about how to properly set and wind Montana Watch Company watches.

Bridger Field Watch, 1915, 1925, 1920, 1930 and Officer’s Watch:

Your watch is powered by a self-winding, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve via the kinetic energy produced by normal daily activity. When first putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low reserve it is best to wind the crown at least two dozen times to ensure proper power before setting the time.  To set the time, pull the winding crown out two clicks to the second position, and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back in to ensure water resistance.

Please note that your watch has a hack feature and the seconds hand will stop when the crown is pulled out to the set position.  The best way to maintain a constantly running timepiece is by using a watch winder when you remove your watch, particularly for those who change watches frequently or are less active.  We offer a selection of high quality watch winders.

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Highline Aviator & Miles City Edition:

Your watch is powered by a hand-wound, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve at full wind. When first putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low power reserve, turn winding crown clockwise repeatedly until it stops to ensure proper power before setting the time. To set the time, pull the winding crown out one click to the setting position and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back to the original position to ensure water resistance.

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Montana Travler:

Your Montana Travler is powered by a self-winding, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve via the kinetic energy produced by normal daily activity. Your watch is equipped with a threaded (screw-down) style crown that must be unscrewed, counterclockwise, before putting the crown into the setting or winding positions, and then screwed back clockwise to maintain water resistance.

When putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low reserve it is best to unthread the crown and wind it at least two dozen turns to assure proper power before setting the time.  To set the time, pull the winding crown out to the second position, two clicks, and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back and thread it clockwise until it is screwed down snug to ensure water resistance.

Please note that your watch has a hack feature and the second hand will stop when the crown is pulled out to the set position.  The best way to maintain a constantly running timepiece is by using a watch winder when you remove your watch, particularly for those who change watches frequently or are less active.  For your convenience, we offer a selection of high quality watch winders.

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Sapphire:

Your watch is powered by a quartz, analog movement that has a battery life of approximately two years. This movement has an end-of-life (EOL) function to warn you that the battery is running low. When your second hand starts to advance at five second intervals, instead of the normal one second interval, please send it to our studio for a battery change. To set the time, pull the winding crown out two clicks to the setting position and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back to the original position to ensure water resistance.

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