Thursday, March 21, 2019

Watchmaking 2.0 – a unique opportunity to take your horology to the next level of sophistication!

How cool would it be to claim that the very watch you wear daily is the same watch you have personally disassembled, reassembled, modified  and  adjusted - all with your own two hands? Indeed, only a handful of watch collectors and enthusiasts that I know have taken their love for watches to this level.

Thanks to W2.0 you too can join the Hall of Fame - and tell/show everyone what you are made of!

I am prepared to help you reach this important milestone by offering a unique opportunity:  tools, assistance and all the necessary support to turn your project into a GUARANTEED success.

Watchmaking 2.0 is a group project, available to a maximum of 5 students. The watch:  Seiko Divers SKX007/009. Time: four x 2 hour sessions during the month of April.   At our premises.

I would be happy to provide the following:

- a brand new Seiko watch, original 'made in Japan' automatic day-date watch.   The cost of the watch is $490
- top quality Swiss tools, your investment of $498
- tutoring (4 x 2 hours) , access to specialist tools, lubricants, timing machine, cleaning machine, water pressure tester, and supervision at bench ( $490)
- guaranteed success:  at the end of the month, your Seiko will perform like a brand new watch again.                       

You are expected to :

-  set up your own work area at home and do the majority of disassembly/assembly on your own
-  be cooperative, enthusiastic and focused to complete the project
-  make a total investment of $1,478. Of course, the watch ($490) and tools ($498) are yours to keep.

A few years ago, I created an online disassembly tutorial for the Seiko 7S26 watch. Since then, hundreds of watch enthusiasts all over the world have successfully completed the project, but only 1 in 5 have completed the reassembly. Watchmaking is tricky: without the supervision and guidance, as well as access to expensive tools and professional environment, an online tutorial can only take you so far.

W2.0 takes a completely different approach:  it's time to get serious!  With all students working on  the very same calibre, using their own high quality tools, and guided by a third-generation watchmaker face to face, the chances of completing the project are 100%  guaranteed.

Seats are limited to 5 students. There are also a couple more pre-requisites:  good eyesight, a steady hand, and the willingness to learn. I am looking for students who will appreciate the opportunity to enter my private workshop space and spend time under my guidance - not merely a customer who will buy a watch or tools for the sake of acquisition.  If you are one of those online students who have previously attempted my 7S26 DIY course, then this is the time to get it right.

To book/reserve your spot, please email me directly, introducing yourself.   If we have a spot for you, Karin will take care of the rest.

Finally, a word of two about why a Seiko SKX divers watch is the perfect choice for intermediate students of horology.

- it is complex enough to work on, but in the case of loss or damage, parts are abundant
- it is a great value for money watch with huge base of online followers. Like no other Japanese watch out there, SKX has proven its relevance, adhered to Seiko’s strong reputation without mega-dollar Swiss-style marketing
- fully waterproof, very robust, a great looking sports watch recognisable not just by watch enthusiasts but real, everyday watch owners all over the world.
- possibly the only 100% in-house made watch in the world
- an excellent time keeper! While SKX models assembled all over Asia tend to be reasonably accurate, domestic Japanese pieces are absolutely fantastic. Here is the photo of a SKX out of the box , checked last night: +2 to +4 seconds per day, beautiful amplitude and zero beat error

- fully repairable: a complete brand new movement is available for under $100 . Brand new Japanese divers rubber strap: $19!

A photo of you , behind the workbenches,  with your watch disassembled down to the last bit, then reassembled and ticking like new? Priceless!

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