How To Set Your Clock or Watch for Daylight Saving Time

For most watches and clocks, you can easily adjust the time an hour ahead, or an hour back to compensate for Daylight Saving Time. However, some watches and clocks can be a little tricky, or require a separate Daylight Saving Time setting to be turned on or off. In any case, it is best if you take a look at your watch or clock manual to do this. If you don’t have your watch or clock manual, you can try contacting the manufacturer to see if they have general instructions they can send you or have posted on their website.

Atomic Watches and Clocks – Some Atomic devices will update automatically – in this case, there is no need to take the extra time in trying to figure out how to update the time. However, some atomic timepieces have a Daylight Saving Time selection that needs to be turned on or off to display the correct time. On an atomic clock, this is usually a simple push-button or switch setting (pictured below). On an atomic watch, you may have to scroll through the watch’s settings until you find the DST feature and turn it on or off.


Digital Watches – In the case of a digital watch without atomic timekeeping, you will either have to set the time an hour ahead or back manually, or find the Daylight Saving Time feature and turn it on or off. Either way will work, and display the correct time. So if you can’t find a DST setting, you can always just change the time manually. Because not all time zones use Daylight Saving Time, and the official DST start and end dates can change as they have over the years, most digital watches are not programmed to update it automatically even if they are programmed to update the correct date and time for many years into the future.

Analog Watches with Date Feature – This is as simple as moving the hour hand ahead or back. If your watch also has a date or day/date display, and is not updating the date at the correct time of day, (it changes the date in the middle of the day around noon instead of around midnight) you can simply advance your watch until you determine that you are setting the time correctly to am or pm and then set the correct time. If you are unsure how to do this, or can’t seem to get it right, take a look at the video below:

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