Timekeeping Precision: How to Remove the Crown of Your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The crown, also known as the winding stem, plays a vital role in setting the time and adjusting various functions of your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Properly removing the crown is essential for maintaining the timekeeping precision of your iconic timepiece. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to safely remove the crown of your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, empowering you to master the art of timekeeping precision.

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Ensure you have a clean and organized workspace with sufficient lighting. To prevent accidental damage, work on a soft surface such as a watch bracelet holder or a microfiber cloth.

2. Locate the Crown Positions

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak typically has three crown positions:

  • Position 1: Screwed in and closed; the watch is fully wound and operational.
  • Position 2: Partially pulled out; used for setting the date or other functions.
  • Position 3: Fully pulled out; used for setting the time.

3. Preparing for Crown Removal

In position 1, screw the crown down securely to ensure water resistance and prevent dust or moisture from entering the movement.

4. Unscrew the Crown

Gently grip the crown between your thumb and forefinger and begin turning it counterclockwise. Be cautious not to apply excessive force, as it can cause damage to the crown or the stem.

5. Reaching Position 2

After unscrewing the crown, pull it gently to the first position (position 2). This position allows you to set the date or any other functions if your Royal Oak has additional complications.

6. Reaching Position 3

For setting the time, pull the crown further to the second position (position 3). This position allows you to adjust the hands to the desired time.

7. Handle with Care

When adjusting the time or other functions, move the crown slowly and smoothly to avoid damaging the delicate components within the movement.

8. Screw the Crown Back

After setting the time or adjusting other functions, gently push the crown back to position 1 while turning it clockwise. Ensure it is fully screwed down to maintain the water resistance of your Royal Oak.


Removing the crown of your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a skill that empowers you to master the art of timekeeping precision. By following this step-by-step guide and handling the crown with care, you can confidently set the time and adjust various functions of your iconic timepiece.

Always remember to work on a clean surface and seek assistance from an authorized Audemars Piguet service center or a professional watchmaker if you are unsure about any aspect of the process. With proper crown removal, your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak will continue to display timekeeping precision and serve as a cherished companion for years to come.

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