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AWCI Convention

by Jordan Ficklin

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AWCI ConventionI just spent 4 days talking watches from 7am to 11pm. It was fantastic! It was the first time I had attended the AWCI Convention and it was even better than I had expected. It is truly amazing to be surrounded by professional watchmakers (and clockmakers) who work in magnificent situations.

Even before going to the convention I had been told that there was much more to learn between sessions than in the actual classes themselves. That isn’t to say that the classes aren’t informative. All of the presentations were very well done and I learned some good things there as well but I took much more away just from talking with all the different watchmakers.

Attending the convention will help me better serve my customers. The knowledge I have gained makes me a better watchmaker. It makes me able to serve the customers whose work I might have refused before. I now have contacts with many specialists in so many aspects of the profession which will allow me to help customers repair other fine watches.

For those of you considering the profession: You should join AWCI right from the beginning. It is a fantastic organization. Get involved locally and on the national level, it will make you a better watchmaker. It’s a community. it’s inspiring! I didn’t realize I would leave the convention with a new vision for the profession and a desire to make myself the best watchmaker I can possibly be, but I did.

There will be more to follow about specific classes and presentations, but for now, the convention was the best thing I’ve done in watchmaking since I left school.

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