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Details on 2012 AWCI Convention

Friday, July 6th, 2012

HURRY! Register by 7/20/12 for “Early Bird” Discounts on the Convention*

*not applicable to room rates 


Please click here for PDF of Education Courses.

Please click here for PDF of Convention AGENDA.


We’ve just added a series of 30-minute sessions on specific products and techniques during the AWCI Vendor Fair.

Now, in addition to meeting vendors face-to-face, you can gain an in-depth knowledge of product performance and use.

The Convention & Educational Symposium Features:

  • Vendor Trade Fair (half-days 8/3 & 8/4) – Equipment, Tools, Supplies & Special Product Sessions
  • Educational Presentations for Watch & Clockmakers (CEUs offered)
  • Network with Peers and Give Input at AWCI Governance Meetings s
  • Fun Events! ELM Charitable Trust Fundraising Dinner Sponsored by Panerai (8/3) and The Rolex ELM Charitable Trust Awards Dinner (8/4), sponsored by Rolex USA. Event transportation sponsored by Swatch.




Sell Your Supplies to Watch & Clockmakers

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Where Else Can You Meet With So Many Watchmakers & Clockmakers at Once?

Only at the AWCI Convention/Educational Symposium in Denver, August 3-4, 2012!

This is your best opportunity to meet with so many potential customers at one time. As an exhibitor at the AWCI Trade Fair you can:

•  Showcase new products

•  Conduct business

•  Meet prospects and customers face-to-face

Consider offering a trade fair special to really build interest and sales. Or, sponsor items or meals for guests for maximum exposure. Call  for details.

How Much Does a Vendor Table Cost?

$349* – Two 8’ tables for two half days including internet and electric, (plus your convention registration fee and hotel cost)


What is the Vendor Fair Schedule?

Friday, August 3rd, 1:30 pm- 5:30 p.m

Saturday, August 4th, 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m


What Does My Vendor Space Include?

•  Free editorial to showcase your products and services prior to the event in the Horological Times July issue and on Editorial information needed by 6/22/12.

•  Two 8 ft. display tables with electric and internet for two half days.

•  Numerous additional opportunities to network with peers and create lasting connections with customers.

*  This fee grants you exhibit space during the trade fair. It does not cover  personnel at your exhibit. Additional staff will need to be
     registered (at the standard attendee rate). Only one Vendor Pass is needed per company to participate in the Vendor Fair. 

Take advantage of Early-Bird Discounts—Register by 7/13/12!

Go to and click on “Convention Registration” for details and registration. Or contact AWCI at 866-367-2924. Ask for Amy Dunn (moc.icwanull@nnuda) or Jennifer Bilodeau (moc.icwanull@uaedolibj).

Click here to download a PDF.



Austin, TX AWCI Affiliate Chapter Newsletter

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Capital Area Watchmaker and Clockmaker Guild

Central Texas Affiliate Chapter – American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI),



Meeting Date & Time Tuesday,  June, 26, 2012 Dinner:   5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Program:  6:00 PM

Pok-E-Jo’s Smokehouse 2121 Parmer Lane (near Metric Blvd.) Austin, TXPhone:  512-491-0434


An auction will be held on 5 to 8 items this month from the CAWCG reserves.  The auction will be between the meeting ending and the beginning of the program: Some items include: Demagnetizer/Magnetizer, Bronze Bushings in box,  Poising tool for watches, Power supply, Watch bushings in glass container in original box, and Miscellaneous Watch Box – parts and more.



Energizer Battery Ingestion Warning

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Did you know an average of 3,400 children in the U.S. swallow batteries annually?

The danger lies primarily in coin lithium battery ingestion, and this segment of the battery market is growing, which could lead to even more problems in the future. To increase your own awareness, and learn about the steps battery manufacturers are taking, please visit:

The Battery Controlled is a campaign supported by Energizer, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, to alert parents and other caregivers to the hidden danger of swallowing coin lithium button batteries.




2012 JCK Show

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Tom Schomaker teaching a watchmaking class the JCK Show


Here is what a few AWCI members that visited the JCK 2012 Show had to say about the AWCI presentations:

David Kurdzionak was at the JCK show and he said there was “standing room only” at the AWCI presentations by Tom Schomaker! 

Jordan Ficklin, CW21, stated that, “The AWCI booth at JCK looked great and what I saw of one of Tom’s presentations was great.  I’ll be wanting the full set of DVDs.”
AWCI Instructor, Thomas Schomaker, CMW21, taught 6 different classes June 1-3 in Las Vegas the 2012 JCK SHOW.
DVDs will be available for purchase on the AWCI website soon.
Topics include:

1.  Water Testing – Demonstration of both wet and dry methods of testing for water resistance including the condensation test.
2.  Quartz Testing and Diagnostics – Using a modern quartz watch analyzer to check movement parameters and to diagnose existing problems. This will include tips and helpful information for all skill levels.
3.  Watch Repair Take-In Procedures – this program will aid in the development of your take-in procedures. Along with helpful information, there will be tips and examples of how to identify fake brand name watches.
4.  Battery Replacement – Tips and procedures to ensure more trouble-free repairs. Highlighting dangerous practices. Demonstrating solid basic methods when replacing batteries.
5.  Quality Controlling Watch Repairs – Explanations of common problem areas that can be checked before the customer picks up the completed repair. A higher quality of service and customer satisfaction can be achieved by employing some simple checks.
6.  Anatomy of a High Grade Watch – a unique, dissected look at the inside of a complicated watch including the steps involved in its repair. Hundreds of parts, many difficult lubrication points, and a true appreciation of the engineering and design characteristics of these modern marvels.




AWCI Convention Travelogue for 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Click here for downloadable PDF with convention information.Click here for downloadable PDF with convention information.



Get Paid to Share Your Fascinating Watch/Clock Story

Monday, April 23rd, 2012


AWCI’s Horological Times is interested in publishing YOUR story about a fascinating or
next-to-impossible watch or clock repair you were involved in.

Do you have an interesting repair story you can share? Please email: moc.icwanull@uaedolibj 

(In addition to being published in Horological Times, your story may also be covered by additional media (radio) in the near future).

A writer’s appreciation fee is offered for published stories.


(Photo courtesy of Ernest Tope, CMW21)





Watchmaker Needed – Virgin Islands

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Watchmaker Needed – LIVE & WORK IN PARADISE 

Little Switzerland is one of the largest Caribbean-based retailers of fine jewelry and timepieces. They sell Breitling, Tag Heuer, Omega, Cartier, Rado, Baume & Mercier, Raymond Weil, Movado and more. 

Must have completed factory training and certification by at least one of the following: WOSTEP, Breitling, Omega, Tag Heuer of Cartier. 

Full watch service facility located in St. Thomas, USVI. To apply, email resume to moc.ocpxnnull@yenoocm

New Advanced 21 Classes

Monday, January 23rd, 2012


It’s the education you’ve been asking for! 

– Improve Your Expertise on High Grade Timepieces
– Increase Your Productivity and Profitability
– Update Your Reference Library (New 100-Page Service Manual Provided)

February 20th – 24th Rolex Series / caliber 3035
March 19th – 23rd Rolex Series / caliber 3035
April 16th – 20th Rolex Series / caliber 3035
May 21st – 25th Rolex Series / caliber 3035

Visit http://www.awci.comand Click on Education/Certification/Classes FOR MORE DATES.

Beginning in February 2012, AWCI will offer all CW21 and CMW21 holders a special series
of continuing education courses focusing on the service procedures of specific high-grade
timepieces. These courses will cover proficiencies such as:

• Maintaining Factory Standards (Timing / Escapement / Lubrication)
                       • Diagnostics and Repair (Barrel / Gear Train / Winding System / Calendar)
• Dialing and Casing Procedures
• Estimating and Quality Control
• Case and Bracelet Refinishing and Repair

 The Advanced 21 Series courses offered in 2012 will focus primarily on Rolex caliber 3035
with training materials on loan from Rolex Watch USA. Classes will be taught by AWCI’s
Watchmaking Instructor, Tom Schomaker, CMW21. Mr. Schomaker’s expert teaching
capabilities—and his substantial experience as a retail watchmaker specializing in Rolex watch
service—will make these sessions the flagship event in AWCI’s broad range of educational offerings.

To Register, Please Contact AWCI: Daniela Ott, Education Coordinator,
866-367-2924 ext. 303 or email: moc.icwanull@ttod.

AWCI’s New Class Technology

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

In 2011 the watch classroom at the AWCI Academy of Watchmaking was equipped with the latest technology equipment to improve the quality of our instruction. This recent classroom upgrade makes every seat a good seat for viewing and comprehending a topic.

Click here to learn more