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A little update…

by Tony

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It’s been awhile since I last posted and things are still going well at LWT.  Since our holiday break, we’ve been working on winding stems nonstop.  I believe we’ve been at it for about 3 weeks so far and one more final week.  Next week will be our WOSTEP winding stem exam.

When making a winding stem, one needs to have  A LOT of patience (just like everything in watchmaking :P ).  I was breaking them left and right when we first began.  It would be while I was working on the pilot, or filing the square, and most of all, while making threads.  It was a great experience though and I now know the sensivitity needed without snapping one in half.

I’m getting more and more comfortable turning smaller diameters now and my eyes are starting to adapt and see very small details that I couldn’t see before.  The progression I’ve made since September until now has been tremendous.  I’m still learning everyday and I’m surprised my brain hasn’t fried out yet!

Once we’re done with winding stems, pivot gauges will be right around the corner.  We’ll be making pivot gauges for several weeks and then we’ll take the WOSTEP exam for it.  After pivot gauges, we’ll be moving on and getting back into watches.  We’ll get a full overview of quartz watches and learn them inside and out.

This was a little update since I lagged a bit during the holidays but I’ll be sure to update more often as things get more interesting.

5 Comments

  1. Posted January 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear an update, Tony. Looking forward to hearing more about your class’s pivot gauge project.

    Best of luck with the winding stem exam!

  2. Jstn
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the update, Tony. Glad to hear about your progress. Keep it up.

  3. Bill B
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Really interesting to hear about your progress. I applied for the September 2009 enrollment and I’m anxiously awaiting to hear back from the school. The prospect of studying at Lititz is incredibly exciting! By the way, when did they bring you in for interviews/tests?

  4. Tony
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks all!

    Bill, the interview and tests are all year round. We’ve had a couple applicants come in so far for their interviews. You’ll most likely come in soon as it takes a month or so to get things started.

  5. Bill B
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the response Tony. I was getting anxious because I applied in the fall and was told I’d be contacted but still hadn’t heard. Patience is the key, right? Either way, thanks again and hopefully I’ll get there soon.

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