Monday, April 15, 2019

Watchmaking 2.0B - what a day to be proud of

Of course I was nervous - we had raised our students’ expectations so high that five of them had travelled thousands of kilometres just to spend 10 hours with us. Would we be able to meet and perhaps even exceed their expectations?  Would it be possible to teach a novice how to use professional tools, disassemble and reassemble an automatic wrist watch in one day- and would the watch even keep time and be waterproof for years to come after reassembly?

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes!  Our students were simply amazing. They followed instructions, and got into it with great enthusiasm.  By 7pm yesterday they were completely worn out - but over the moon. Together, we had managed to get all 5 Seikos disassembled, reassembled and up and running.  Each student had learned a great deal and their appreciation for fine mechanical watches had simply skyrocketed. 

What really impressed me the most: all five had such a refined attention to detail - the quality most prized in horology. No doubt each one of our students would make a good watchmaker.  

A big 'thank you' goes out to my small team who made W2.0B possible.  Andrew, Gemma and Michael were my three right hands.

Of course, there is plenty of room for improvement and fine tuning but with each class we are raising our ability to teach, share and transfer knowledge.  Our next W2.0B all day Seiko 7S26 course is not scheduled yet but most likely it will be held one Sunday in mid-May.  If you wish to attend, please, get in touch with us as soon as possible because seats are limited to 5 students only. Call Karin on (02) 9232-0500 and she will tell you more.

I for one can't wait to move our workshop to Mittagong: we are already excited about setting up a proper classroom with a number of dedicated benches, each tooled up, with plenty of natural light and in a quiet rural setting.   In perhaps the not too distant future - in a couple of years from now - we will be able to run not daily but weekly watchmaking courses.

And every time you spend a few dollars on a screwdriver, tweezers, loupes or even polishing cloths you are making this dream a reality. On behalf of all future students and my apprentices:  thank you.

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