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On A Journey To Become A Watchmaker..

by Tony

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My name is Tony and I have officially started my journey to become a professional watchmaker.  I’ve become a contributor to this blog because I was accepted into the Lititz Watch Technicum just like J. Peter.  This will be my first blog ever, and I’m not quite sure how this goes but I’ll try my best.

My main purpose here is to let everyone know what goes on here.  First off, I have no experience in watchmaking or any kind of jewelry for that matter.  I’m sure you know the basics like micromechanics, watch repair, etc. but I’ll be giving more in depth information weekly or daily.  Before I  started, I was surfing the internet trying to find as much info I could get but to be honest, there’s not too much out there.  Yes, the Lititz Watch Technicum was talked about but there were no articles talking about what goes on inside.  This blog was the closest I could get without calling the school everyday! Anyway, I’ll be talking about what I learn and the interesting things that happen in the next 2 years.

I’ve only been there for 3 days and I have learned so much already.  Not necessarily about watches but problem solving using analytical thinking.  Sometimes it seems like you’re doing random work, but the motto all the staff has been using is, “everything has a purpose.”  The first day, we took apart our vices attached to our work bench.  They haven’t been serviced in years and some of them were slowly deteriorating.  We were asked to use them and determine if there were any issues.  We would either say, yes or no, and start to take them apart.  Memorizing where all the parts go, how each part works in relation to eachother, and what needs to be fixed was the purpose of this activity.  At first I thought this was just busy work but soon enough, I realized what it would do.

Watchmaking is all about problem solving.  Customers will bring in their timepieces and say, “fix this.” More often than not, they won’t know what’s wrong and will expect you to rip it apart, diagnose the problem, and fix it.  As in this exercise, we got a first glimpse of what analytical thinking, problem isolation, and repairing will do for us in this profession.

This was a little bit of what happened so far but I already have a project due and I should get on it.  Stay tuned!

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