Techniques used in vintage restoration and construction of “kit” watches used by high-end manufacturers.
Techniques used by high-end brands, including black polishing, straight graining, sablage, and other techniques as time permits.
This class encompasses the basics of hairspring manipulations. You will start with a uncolletted, unstudded hairspring. One error at a time will be introduced and correction and the logic behind the repair will be discussed prior to the correction. [Read more…] about WATCH 431: Hairspring-O-Rama
WATCH 420 :Vintage Chronograph course to be conducted by Bernhard Stoeber at AWCI on July 8 to 12, 2019. For further information on the class, or to register, contact Jason Champion, AWCI Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (866) 367-2924, ext. 303. There is limited seating, so register soon.
Instructor: Bernhard Stoeber
Location AWCI, 701 Enterprise Dr., Harrison, OH 45030
Dates July 8 to 12, 2019
Prerequisites: CW21, SAWTA, WOSTEP, recoginzed certification or instructor approval
Goal To give the participants both a theoretical understanding and practical experience at the bench of different vintage chronograph calibers with emphasis on trouble shooting, repair, and adjusting of the chronograph mechanism.
Movements: The following caliber movements are going to be used during the hands-on training portion of the course. Each student/
member should provide their own movements or watches (in running condition). AWCI has some in case the student/member does not have certain calibers.
Please indicate with your registration which calibers you will bring:
Valjoux 7733 (or 7734 or 7736)
The following movements will be discussed and/or demonstrated:
Omega 321 (Lemania 2310)
And any other calibers that you may bring – time permitting.
This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel including water resistance testing. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.
This course is a continuation to Watchmaker’s Lathe I and the purpose is to teach the student the necessary knowledge and hand-skills to manufacture various parts in steel that will be functional in a mechanical watch, e.g. the winding stem.
The purpose of this course is to teach the student most common causes of timing errors and methods of correcting them. Performing precision timing exercises, including staffing, static & dynamic poising.
- Having a minimum of five (5) years in mechanical watch repair, or having participated in the AWCI Basic Watch Repair
- Reading Chapter 7 of The Theory of Horology prior to attending the course is recommended.
Length of course: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Thursday 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
The course will teach the student the basics of a modern mechanical modular chronograph. We will also explain in depth how a vertical clutch system works and how this chronograph modular couples and uncouples from the base movement. This same chronograph system was also used on early model quartz chronographs as well.