While the reasons for, merits, or who invented
Daylight Saving Time (DST) will not be discussed here, the
some suggestions to get you through it with minimal effort.
Correcting your clock for the beginning of DST—springing
forward—is more or less straight forward. Simply advance the
minute hand in the clockwise direction, stopping at all chiming
and striking points until you reach the new time.
It's the end of DST—falling back—where most clock owners run
into problems. NEVER set your antique clock backwards
(counterclockwise, or as the British call it anti-clockwise).
Doing so can damage the parts which fire the striking and
chiming trains. Also never attempt to only move the hour hand to
accomplish the DST correction. This will only cause the
hour strike and the hour hand to become out of sync. The best way
is to simply stop the clock for one hour, then restart the
Most of the new clocks have a backwards release mechanism,
allowing you to set them backwards without fear of damage. If
you're in doubt, use the stop and restart method. Some clocks
may be set “fast-forward,” but again, consult with your
clockmaker for the specific instructions for your clock.
When it comes time to set your wristwatches, those without
calendars may be set forward or backward at any time. For your
watches with a day or day-date, it's best to set these watches
at 12 Noon on the day before or after so as not to interrupt the
parts which advance those parts.
If you have numerous watches, there's no problem to start them a
few days ahead, doing a few at a time until your
collection is completely corrected, putting them into two piles,
one for watches that have been set, the other for those that
need to be set. It's all too easy to forget that a watch has not
been set correctly if its seldom worn. This will cause you to
miss appointments or a trip to the watchmaker, thinking you need
a new battery.
Always remember if in doubt to ask first to avoid damaging your
For more information on
Daylight Saving Time,