4 Day Beginners Watchmaking class.... would it be worth it? Read Bob...

So this is just a wish list type of thing but actually doable for me if I save up the dough and make it a little "daddy time" next year.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC)  apparently puts on a 4-day "Basic Pocket Watch" class for beginners.


 After ready up on it, it totally sounds like something I'd love to do. 

The price really isn't to bad... $300 and I think another $70 if I'm not a member... which I'm not.. I suppose I need to find out how much membership is... maybe save myself some money.

Of course... that is if it translates into wrist watches... which I think Watchmakerskid said it does.

OH and after I know how to do that an practice quite a bit... they have a 4 day class on REFINISHING DIALS!!  Another thing I'd love to know how to do myself.


Anyway.... I know I can probably figure out this stuff myself... but I'd love to get some hands on with an instructor for 4 days...  I'm thinking a guy could come out of there pretty much confident in his skills enough to start working on my own stuff.

What say you gents?  Anyone have any experience with any of these classes?  Do you think it'd be worth it?

On the off chance.... anyone want to meet up to take one later in the next year?



Posted December 31, 2010 - 2:30pm

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Oh hey Bob!

They have one of these 4 day courses in Crown Point, IN in March!

We should go...

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 4:27pm

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Plains, I have nethier the talent, patients, or the eye sight ( I'm almost blind in one eye) to do my own watch repair.  like Dirty Harry said " A man has to know is limitations" I think it's great that you want to give it a go. I love your enthusiasm ! I live about 5 minutes from Ohare airport  so if your in the area on your way to I.N. let me know. Maybe you could stop by for a beer.


Posted December 31, 2010 - 5:41pm

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What is this "beer" you speak of?  The word sounds very... intriguing.... hrmmmmm.  Yes... yes if I go we shall have to try some of this "beer" you speak of and discuss the finer points of it's consumption as well as watches!

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 4:13pm

That $70 is probably the current NAWCC membership fee per year. I was a member back on 2007 FOR $65. Wasn't my kind of organization. Didn't get much return on the membership fee.


Posted December 31, 2010 - 5:43pm

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Ah... that makes sense. 

Back to my original question though... if I learned how to tear down, clean, and reassemble  big old pocket watches, would that translate to wrist watches?

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 7:44pm

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IMO, yes very much so.

The mechanics are fundamentally the same,  just on a different scale.

Posted January 1, 2011 - 11:33am

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Very good Steph... I think I'm going to start saving my nickels... maybe sometime this next year I'll be able to go.  

You have to think that course would pay for itself after the first few watches you clean/service yourself.

When I'm hungry don't just give me a fish.... teach me how to fish so I can feed myself!

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Posted January 8, 2011 - 11:58pm

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The dial class is for clock dials. 

Posted January 9, 2011 - 12:02am

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Awww....  that stinks.  Here I thought I could try to learn how to do everything in house.

Thanks for the heads up Vin..

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Posted January 11, 2011 - 9:09pm

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Watch dial refinishing is a real art. 

Posted January 26, 2011 - 11:31am

Hay Bob,

 I was reading this post and I thought I would ad that you can find some good programs on Ebay that will teach you at home if you like. They are pretty good !

1) Bulova School of watchmaking on cd

2) Chicago school of watchmaking on cd

3) Beginning watch repair on cd

4) Serveral others on Watch repair on cd

 All of these will allow you to learn at your own pace and are very cheap in price compaired to a real school.

 They will all show you the basics of the watch and help you understand them.

 I would recommend them as your first investment.

 Mike........ P.S. When I joined the NAWCC, the cost was $20.00  LOL

Posted January 26, 2011 - 11:25am

I was looking into the Bob Tascione watch and clock repair on-line courses. They look interesting and priced right. Does anyone have experience with these courses??


Thanks  Ken S

Posted February 4, 2011 - 8:27pm

Hi Ken,

 I have two of these , The Bulova School is a very good beginer course, The Chicago School is very good, and much more detailed. I have not seen the others, but I'm sure that you can learn alot from every course that you buy.

 They are so cheap in price, that you might be able to get them all .  LOL

 Hope this helps.  Mike..