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Category Archives: Watchmaking School

Watchmaking is like Craft Beer

Did I grab your attention? I probably did. Let me start by saying I don’t know the first thing about brewing beer, or drinking it for that matter, but I heard an intriguing story on NPR this morning which pushed me towards drawing this connection. The story is about how Aspiring craft brewers hit the […]

Tourbillon Model

What students at the Lititz Watch Technicum have been up to: I wish I had made one of these. I love this stuff.

Fewer watchmakers in the world

St. Paul Technical College has announced the end of their watchmaking program: Why time has run out for Saint Paul College’s Watchmaking Program Apparently details are murky but it seems to me it is a simple matter of economics. Rolex has pulled their funding in support of other schools. Those who wish to fault Rolex […]

Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11

Some really neat projects are starting to pop up at Rolex backed watchmaking schools in the States, which include Lititz, OSU, and NSCC. One of the most notable I’ve seen recently is Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11, which is a faculty designed ebauche (rough watch movement) that is finished and assembled by each of the […]

LWT Students & Alumni

Far and away most of the discussion on this blog has centered around watchmaking schools. It seems lots of people want to become watchmakers. Which is fantastic! For those of you looking to talk to some graduates of watchmaking school, or current students you should check out the LWT Students and Alumni page on facebook.

The work of another

Ryan just informed me that he posted some pictures of his projects from watchamking school on Check them out at If you would like to see more of Ryan’s work, which looks really good to me, let him know with some comments.

A Steep Learning Curve

I recently serviced a watch with a steep learning curve. I guess I though a quartz watch, was a quartz watch. But, alas, they are not! The watch was a Piaget Caliber 8P2. I tested the electronics before agreeing to service the watch because I knew that I was unable to order parts from the […]

Win a 2010 Rolex Calendar

Some of our most popular posts here on the blog have to do with watchmaking schools, of which there are very few left in the world. We have done our best to cover what we do know about watchmaking schools and related courses, but we can’t cover all of the bases. So, if you are […]

Distance Learning

As most of you know, I’ve just started my journey on watchmaking, and I have much to learn. This is exciting and frightening at the same time. It is exciting because I really love watches, pocket watches, clocks and anything time keeping related, and realizing that this is what I want to do for the […]

What to Expect as a Watchmaker

While in watchmaking school we worked on a handful of “common” calibers. Our main repertoire included: Unitas 6497 Rolex 1570 ETA 2824 ETA 2892 Valjoux 7750 ETA ETA Lemania 1873 We also got limited exposure to some other modern movements and were responsible for providing other watches in an effort to increase our […]