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Still going, and going, and going..

by Tony

Hi all, sorry for the extreme lack of updates but school has been very busy as of late.  If I recall, the last time I posted I was still working on winding stems.  Well I’ve taken the WOSTEP exams for the winding stem and pivot gauge and proud to say that I’ve passed them! Well, we haven’t received the pivot gauge results yet but I’m pretty confident in my performance.

Anywho, we’ve gone full force into watches now and it’s been awesome.  I’ve learned how to lubricate most of the watch.  Oiling in itself is quite a feat and I have to remember all of the lube points but that’s just through repetitiveness.  In J. Peter’s earlier post, he talked about routine and that’s what our teacher has been trying to instill into our brains.  Get into a routine!

I’ve also been thoroughly introduced into the quartz watch and all the theory that comes along with it.  I never knew that there was so much to learn! The theory can be overwhelming and learning how to service it also adds stress.  I still have fun and enjoy learning everyday though.  Also, we’ve been installing the dial, hands, and casing it up.  Our next SAWTA exam will  be a full service on the quartz movement from head to toe.  This includes cleaning, assembling, oiling, casing, and polishing.

And one more thing, we’ve been working on our school watch as well! We rotate from watches to micromechanics throughout the week so things don’t get too stale.  I’ve formed almost all the recesses for my bridge and now getting ready to finalize my design.  It’s an extremely fun project and hopefully I’ll be able to post it up in a couple weeks.  We’ve been allowed about a month for our school watch so I’ve been focusing on that.

I’ll update soon, but just wanted to stop by and let you know how I’ve been doing.  Thanks again for reading!


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  1. rloper
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    That sounds so fun! I was there in April for my bench test… hope I get it. I also apllied at NSCC. Good luck with your exams.


  2. J.Peter
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    The school watch is a fantastic project. If you make any mistakes take the time to go back and fix them, you’ll be looking at this thing for a long time to come and those little imperfections might start to gnaw at you after a while – and once you get out of school you will not have time to fix them.

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