Course Catalog

AWCI has developed courses covering many different horological topics. Please visit the schedule of courses for information about when these classes are taught or submit a request to have a course taught at your affiliate chapter or in a city near you.

We are constantly developing new courses and we work with companies and individuals to develop custom education options. This list is not meant to be comprehensive.

WATCH 100: Introduction to Watchmaking

A survey course for the new or prospective watchmaker covering the basic skills and techniques used by the modern watchmaker. This class is perfect for anyone thinking about entering the profession of watchmaking or for the individual who just wants to gain a better appreciation for the art of watchmaking. (more…)

WATCH 102: Watchmaking Theory

This is a user friendly course is given to explain the inner workings of a watch. It is a must for anyone considering taking the CW21. It fills in some of the blanks and allows you to understand not only functional issues, but theoretical ones as well. Differences between modern fast beat watches verses their older counterparts will discussed and physical differences will be shown in an enlarged viewing state. (more…)

WATCH 103: Watchmaking Theory for non-native English Speakers

This is a modified version of our WATCH 102 class specifically designed to move at a slower pace with more time dedicated to vocabulary and nomenclature and with extra time allowed for quizzes with an emphasis on practicing discussing the function of watches both verbally and written. (more…)

WATCH 110: Profitable Watch Battery Replacement

Watch battery replacement can be a profit center for your watch or jewelry store. We’re not just talking about it bringing customers in your door. When properly performed, according to industry standards, battery replacement will generate real profits. (more…)

WATCH 120: Watch Bracelet Sizing

This class covers the essential skills necessary to quickly and properly adjust the size of the most common sizes of bracelets without causing damage. (more…)

WATCH 130: Water Testing using the Latest Devices

Not only will the testers be demonstrated, but each participant will go hands-on with each machine. Booklets full of operational procedures for each model brought, will be distributed. This training even includes programming these devices for their optimal use. (more…)

WATCH 175: Case & Bracelet Refinishing

Polishing a case today requires many skills. Complex case and bracelet designs are common in the marketplace. Standardized polishing methods were often not taught in watchmaking schools here in the U.S. until recently. Many watchmakers learned polishing by trial and error or observing the procedures of others. Today’s consumer has high expectations concerning the quality of the watch repair which includes the refinishing of the case and bracelet. Knowledge is the key. (more…)

WATCH 181: Modern Estimating and Business Practices

Learn tips and techniques to better estimate modern watch repairs. The practices of estimating will be re-evaluated for updating your procedures. This will include hands on estimating and damaged parts will be shown for viewing. (more…)

WATCH 182: Take-In Procedures

This course is designed for anyone involved in the reception of timepieces for repair including sales staff, customer service specialists, and watchmakers. (more…)

WATCH 183: Using your Modern Equipment to Quality Control your Repairs

Getting the most out of your equipment. Learning how to make testing more   effective including additional methods not normally known. Includes timing and timing machines, watch winders, water testing equipment and procedures, estimating tips, use of cameras and more. This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 184: Removing Scratches from a High grade Dial and Hands

Work hands-on with special High Grade dials to learn special techniques to lessen the effects of a scratched dial, sometimes eliminating the scratch altogether. The scratch could be the result of a broken crystal or an accident caused by the watchmaker. (more…)

WATCH 185: Refinishing and Re-Luminescing Hands

Learn tips and techniques for refinishing the hands, re-luminescing, cleaning and more.  This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 186: Lowering your Delta

Whether it’s a modern watch or a vintage, tips and procedures for lowering your Delta are discussed and put into practice. Includes hairspring centering, regulator pins, isochronal errors, adjusting balance and escapement endshakes and optimizing your timing machine troubleshooting skills. This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 187: Watch Crystals Explained

Many people entering the watchmaking profession have never had any instruction on the keys to understanding, selecting, and properly utilizing the crystal selection books like the GS and B&B. This tutorial course explains how these reference guides work and the small little secrets that most watchmakers never knew. (more…)

WATCH 188: Not your grandfather’s screwdrivers

This class teaches proper screwdriver maintenance including how to select and use sharpening tools. Learn about torque screwdrivers and new materials for screwdriver blades. (more…)

WATCH 189: The Staking Tool

A comprehensive class covering the multiple uses for the staking tool. This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 190: 21st Century Standards for Watchmaking

The purpose of this course is to teach the student the fundamentals and tolerances associated with mechanical watch repair. The “Standard Operating Procedures” (SOP’s) used in modern watch repair will be discussed and implemented. Verification and analysis of the individual components of the movement will be assessed and corrected. (more…)

WATCH 200: Modern Automatic Watches

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern mechanical automatic watch repair that are most prevalent on today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various diagnostics in evaluating the condition of the various components, cleaning, assembling, adjustments, dialing and casing. (more…)

WATCH 210: Quartz & Quartz Chronograph Service Procedures & Diagnostics

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs that are most prevalent on today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various important electronic tests e.g. current consumption, coil resistance, lower working voltage, fault finding etc. (more…)

WATCH 211: The Ronda 8040.B Quartz chronograph

The servicing of this model includes the “Big Date” calendar mechanism in addition to the chronograph. This movement is now being used in many name brand watches. Servicing the movement, testing the movement on a quartz analyzer and positioning the big date and hands are some of this program’s highlights. (more…)

WATCH 215: Quartz Analyzing and Testing

The one day program focuses of learning how to proper use the newer quartz analyzers to maximize efficiency and the accuracy of you estimates. Hands on testing of watches with and without errors will be furnished. Participants are invited to bring their own quartz testers to maximize their usage. Technical information will be provided. A useful chart for troubleshooting will be given to all participants. (more…)

WATCH 220: Modern Mechanical Chronograph

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the basics of the modern mechanical chronographs that are most prevalent on today’s market as well as to give the student a profound understanding of how chronograph watches operate. (more…)

WATCH 230: Balance Staffing & Timing

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of balance staffing. Topics covered will include the verification and analysis of the escapement function, poising (static & dynamic), truing and timing adjustment in a mechanical watch. Cutting out a balance staff on a lathe and adjusting the balance staff, and removing balance staffs from Glucydur balances with the Horia tool. (more…)

WATCH 231: Strictly Dynamic Poising

Most short term timing classes only briefly get around to the issue of dynamic poising. This class is strictly focused on nothing but. Learn how to confidently fine tune the timing of your watch when needed. (more…)

WATCH 240: The Swiss Lever Escapement

The purpose of this course is to gain a good theoretical understanding in order to evaluate the condition of the lever escapement and thus proceed with the verification and analysis of the escapement functions. Students will learn (more…)

WATCH 241: Repairing Escapement Issues

Learn how to identify and correct power robbing friction in and around the escapement. Making the appropriate checks and corrections can make an otherwise difficult watch much easier to repair and less likely to become a problematic comeback. Sample errors will be shown for hands on identification. A very important breakdown of how much of an effect each error has on the watch will be discussed and analyzed.  (more…)

WATCH 250: Essential Micromechanics-The Watchmaker’s Lathe

The purpose of this course is to teach the student basic micromechanics skills and all the basics of operating a watchmaker’s lathe. (more…)

WATCH 251: Making a Hairspring Removal Tool

This handy tool will allow you to remove the new style collets, as well as the older ones, with much less risk. This intense course includes lathe usage, filing, hardening and tempering, turning and polishing. Many skills will be used to complete this useful tool. Different than the common tools that are currently available, this lever will quickly become one of your favorites. (more…)

WATCH 252: Threading

Learn the proper use of taps and dies for forming both internal and external threads. (more…)

WATCH 290: CW21 Preparatory Course

This course is designed to help individuals who have taken courses at AWCI to identify areas in which improvement is still needed and provide them with individualized instruction to help them prepare for successful completion of the CW21 Exam. (more…)

WATCH 300: Advanced 21-Rolex Caliber 3035

This course covers the standard operating procedures specific to the Rolex caliber 3035 movement. Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or other Industry recognized certification or diploma (more…)

WATCH 303: Vintage Wristwatches

The purpose of this course is to teach the student the fundamentals of vintage watch repair. Candidates should be proficient with the use of a watchmakers lathe. (more…)

WATCH 320: Modular Chronograph Featuring the Vertical Clutch System

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.  (more…)

WATCH 330: Precision Timing

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. (more…)

WATCH 350: Tool Making for Watchmakers & Clockmakers: The Watchmaker’s Lathe II

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. (more…)

WATCH 375: Separation of Function Bezel for Rolex Watches

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. (more…)

WATCH 420: Vintage Chronographs

This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 430: Hairspring Vibrating

This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

WATCH 431: Hairspring-O-Rama

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. (more…)

WATCH 475: High-End Horological Decoration and Finishing

Techniques used by high-end brands, including black polishing, straight graining, sablage, and other techniques as time permits. (more…)

WATCH 476: Restoration & Construction Techniques

Techniques used in vintage restoration and construction of “kit” watches used by high-end manufacturers. (more…)

CLOCK 120: The American Style Time-and-Strike Movement

This course is aimed at analyzing the American style, time-and-strike movement, which are often the “bread-and-butter” of many shops. This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

CLOCK 150: Servicing the Aging Modern Floor Clock in the Home

We will be examining, through a series of photographs, the most common problems encountered when repairing the aging modern floor clock movement and how to correct them.  We will also perform hands on repairs and adjustments to the modern Hermle clock movement. (more…)

CLOCK 180: Selecting & Maintaining a Lathe for Use in Horology

This class will show you how to select the lathe that would best meet your needs.  The instructor will demonstrate how to care for small lathes used in horology, as well as advise you on key aspects when purchasing a new or used lathe.  Then the course goes into the numerous capabilities of various lathes and common areas to look for damage or wear. This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

CLOCK 190: Advanced Clock Repair

This class is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in this class you may request it using the form below.

CLOCK 240: Escapement Adjusting for Clockmakers

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CLOCK 241: The Platform Escapement

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