Watch Care & Use

Thank you for purchasing a CRYPTOMATIC timepiece!

In the rest of this section you will find all you need to know about your new watch. Should you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us.


A watch is a precision instrument made up of hundreds of tiny parts

— make sure that you always have it serviced by a skilled watchmaker authorized by CRYPTOMATIC.

We have created this section to describe some of the ways a watch's appearance and performance can be maintained.

There are steps you can take to ensure that your CRYPTOMATIC watch will function correctly for as long as you own it. With proper care, it will give you many years — even generations — of reliable service.


Power reserve
The self-winding of the movement is generated by the motions of the wearer's wrist. Since the watch's self-winding mechanism (rotor) is directly linked to the wearer's activity, 10 - 12 hours wear are sufficient to generate a power reserve and ensure that the watch continues to run throughout the night. Therefore, the watch should be worn at least 10 - 12 hours per day (normal daily activity). If the watch is not worn sufficiently (not long enough or without enough movement of the wrist) or not regularly (not on a daily basis), the power reserve will continue to drain requiring the watch to be wound manually. The crown will need to be wound manually 15 - 20 times to develop a sufficient power reserve and to ensure the accuracy of the timepiece. This simple procedure should be followed upon receiving a new mechanical watch and also be applied for a watch that is not running or that was not worn on a regular/daily basis. Please note that a common misconception is that by simply shaking an automatic watch, sufficient motion will be afforded to enable the watch to maintain accurate time. However, this procedure will neither wind the mainspring sufficiently nor establish a power reserve, ultimately causing the watch to stop or to track time inaccurately.


Magnetic fields

Avoid placing your watch on electronic units, which can generate powerful magnetic fields.

Swimming in the Sea

Always rinse your watch with warm water afterwards.

Avoid Shocks

Whether thermal or other, avoid them.


Screw the crown carefully to prevent water from penetrating the mechanism.

Chemical Products

Avoid direct contact with solvents, detergents, perfumes, cosmetic products etc., since they may damage the bracelet, the case or the gaskets.



Avoid extreme temperatures above 60° C or 140° F below 0° C or 32° F or extreme temperature changes.

Water Resistance

A watch's water resistance cannot be permanently guaranteed. It may be affected by the ageing of gaskets or by an accidental shock to the crown. We recommend that you have the water resistance of your watch checked once a year by an approved CRYPTOMATIC service center.


Leather strap

CRYPTOMATIC recommends that you follow the steps below in order to preserve the condition of your leather strap as long as possible:

a) Avoid contact with water and dampness to prevent discoloration and deformation.

b) Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight to prevent the color from fading.

c) Do not forget that leather is permeable! Therefore avoid contact with greasy substances and cosmetic products. It is not advisable to clean your strap with leather cleaners.

d) If you have a problem with your leather strap, please contact CRYPTOMATIC service center.

Setting the time

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Being an automatic watch we suggest you wind it up completely the first time you use it (Position 1)

Unscrew the crown until it rotates freely. Now rotate it clockwise (without pushing it back in) to wind the watch. The crown will need to be rotate at least 15 to 20 times to develop a sufficient power reserve to ensure the accuracy of the timepiece. When you finish winding the watch, push the crown back towards the watch while rotating it clockwise until it's screwed back in.

You do not have to repeat this action every day while the watch is in use, the watch will charge itself automatically as you move around.

Then pull out the crown gently until it doesn't go any further. Now you can rotate it in any direction to adjust the hands of the watch to the desire time.

Now push the crown back, grab it gently, and screw it while you keep pushing it until it's completely screwed in.


Make sure once you set the time, or wind the watch, to screw the crown back carefully, to prevent any water or moisture from penetrating the mechanism of the watch.


Adjusting the Straps

steel strap (HODLER Collection)


leather strap (HODLER Collection)
steel strap (CRYPTOMAT Collection)

1. Use the the screw-driver tool supplied.

2. Unscrew the pins and release them. Please note they could be a little stiff at first. Make sure you do it on a straight 90 degree position.

3. Take out the links up to desire length. Please notice there are 4 rows of links that you are able to take from each side of the strap. Make an even extraction of links from both sides of the strap. If you find it difficult doing this process, we recommend a visit to your nearest watch shop to do the setting up of the length of the strap.


1. Use the screw-driver tool supplied.

2. Unscrew the small screws and release the Stainless Strap. Please note they Could be a little stiff at first, make sure you do it carefully to avoid scratching the case. If you find it difficult doing this process, or the screws seem to be stuck, do not overdo it. We are including extra screws should you lose any during the process.

3. Introduce the extra leather strap supplied to the correct position.

4. Screw the small screws back.

Please note that strap flanges are positioned a bit angled in referenced to the face of the watch. Make sure the screws are straight against the hole angle for correct setting, otherwise the screws may become loose after a wile or even break.