The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute is taking its Build a Watch classes on the road and will hold them at three U.S. cities starting in August.
The group’s upcoming lineup includes a class in Cincinnati on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richter & Phillips Jewelers; in Dearborn, Mich., on Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henry, Autograph Collection hotel; and in Austin, Texas, on October 9 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on both days.
The group previously held a class this year during JCK Las Vegas.
The six-hour class is billed as “crash course in watchmaking.” Attendees begin with a disassembled Swiss ETA 6497 movement and then put it together, getting quick lessons in proper lubrication, adjustments, servicing, timing, and regulation. For the final step, they add the dial, hands, case, and straps.
Attendees can even wear it home.
The group says the Build a Watch class is “a great experience for jewelry store employees…. This class leaves store staff and salespeople with a better understanding of the timepieces they sell, what makes them tick, and the expertise it takes to repair them.”
More information is available here.
(Image courtesy of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute)