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Watch Out! Setting Your Watch Back An Hour Could Be Costly

Watches Etc. at at 105 South 8th Street along Jewelers' Row (credit: John McDevitt)

Watches Etc. at at 105 South 8th Street along Jewelers’ Row (credit: John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even though it’s that time of year to fall back an hour, an area watch repair specialist says always go forward when changing time on certain types of watches or you could cause some expensive damage.

There are more than 500 time pieces at Watches Etc. at 105 South 8th Street along Jewelers’ Row in Philadelphia. Michael Ovrutsky has been there for more than 20 years selling and repairing watches. He says he’s see people damage their watches — mostly mechanical styles — by winding the watch the wrong way.

(Michael Ovrutsky)

(Michael Ovrutsky)

“Something could happen with the main spring,” Ovrutsky says. “If you wind the watch, it’s only one way, which is clockwise when you are winding the watch. If you pull in to change the time, if you go backwards you could put force on the main spring and you can break the main spring.”

And if that happens, he says, it could cost you.

“Some of them could be pretty expensive to fix,” Ovrutsky warns.

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