Setting a Standard 214

When setting these watches the second hand will continue to advance after the setting handle is lifted. Because of the clearance allowances within the watch's gear train, if you bring the minute hand forward to the correct time there will a short period when the second hand will not move.

To eliminate the short pause when the second hand does not operate, move the minute hand forward past the correct time and then bring it back to the correct time.

You can set the time by moving the minute hand forward or backwards.

To "Hack" a standard non-hack 214

"Hacking" a watch means stopping the second-hand at a known place, so that it can be re-started synchronised to a time signal - thus displaying time correct to the second.

Most standard 214's can be hacked, though some practise may be required with an individual watch to get it just right.

1. Loosen the battery hatch with an appropriate tool. Holding the watch dial-up, slowly unscrew the battery hatch cover with your fingers until the watch stops, at the same time counting how many turns it takes for future reference . Be careful, in case the cover disengages from the watch completely and falls off, along with the battery.

2. With the watch dial-up again, screw the cover in until the watch runs. As soon as the second hand reaches about one second before 12, unscrew the hatch the same amount and the watch will hopefully stop at 1 second past 12.

3. Then set the time as per the standard setting instructions above.

4. Wait for the reference time signal, and screw the hatch cover in again. The watch should start on-time.