Archive for August, 2013

Call to Annual Meeting-September 26-28, 2013

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Last year your Board of Directors decided to have our conventions with educational programs every other year beginning in 2014. Therefore, this year we will hold an annual meeting without any programs for spouses, awards banquet, or educational classes. It will strictly be 2-3 days of full board meetings. Next year, we will have a convention for all, to include our ELM Trust dinner, Awards banquet and classes for watchmakers and clockmakers, and hope to have it in a location to be enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing all of our long time AWCI members and friends as well as welcoming new members!

The Board of Directors will meet in Harrison for meetings at headquarters on September 26, 27, and 28th. We have a special rate at the Holiday Inn Express in Harrison, Ohio. (513-367-1111) You are all welcome to attend the Board meetings.

We have decided to hold the annual meetings of the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters as a conference call, once the board has had its annual meeting. This is purely a cost saving alternative. If there are newly elected representatives from the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters, they will be installed by our parliamentarian by way of electronic media and brought up to speed with board affairs quickly.

We appreciate your support and patience during this transitional period.

Terry Kurdzionak, Secretary, AWCI

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Spare Parts Policy

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This new policy replaces the previous spare parts policy which approved of manufacturers restricting parts sales only to “reasonably qualified persons.” Many manufacturers continue to restrict parts, even to “qualified persons” harming the profession and reducing the quality of service available to consumers.

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute stands in support of all watchmakers and timepiece owners.

We declare that the best way for manufacturers to provide service to their customers is to support a diversified service network which includes independent watchmakers, retailers, and service centers and to allow customers to choose where they would like their timepiece serviced. Manufacturers who freely distribute technical information, brand specific tools, and training to interested watchmakers will improve the service experience for their customers and create both goodwill and loyalty. Watchmakers who deliver high quality customer service by adhering to the standards and practices of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will, in turn, earn the loyalty of their customers.

We encourage all watchmakers whether self-employed, working in a retail environment, or employed by the manufacturer, to strive for excellence and abide by the standards and practices set forth by AWCI. Access to genuine spare parts is critical to this endeavor and as such we call upon manufacturers and distributors of timepieces to make spare parts available at fair and reasonable prices to all watchmakers.

In addition to our new spare parts policy the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute would like to encourage all members to adhere to our standards and practices. Many manufacturers have placed tool and equipment requirements as conditions to receiving spare parts. While the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute does not support these conditions and requirements, we do promote the highest standards of workmanship and we expect our members to exercise these standards. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • meeting or exceeding manufacturer’s recommended service procedures
  • using genuine parts when available
  • pressure testing water resistant watches to the depth rating specified by the manufacturer
  • restoring modern chronometer grade watches to chronometer standards
  • refinishing cases wherever possible
  • and providing a complete explanation of the scope of repair and/or restoration. Signed by, American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Board of Directors

Signed by,
American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
Board of Directors

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

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