Learning Watchmaking

How to Create Your Own Real-World Watchmaking Program

How to Create Your Own Real-World Watchmaking Program

This is my personal experience with Watchmaking programs and how you can go about creating your own. In this process, it’s my hope that you take action to learn quality watchmaking in whatever shape or form it may be in (with all excuses aside).

Create a "[INSERT YOUR NAME] Fund" that would replace [INSERT WATCHMAKING SCHOOL]. Let's be extremely conservative and say a typical watchmaking program costs you $35,000 (not factoring in rent, food, living expenses, tools, etc.). 

With the fund, you would aim to spend $35,000 over two years on education, training, and tools. The caveat is that you have to be ready to lose all of the $35,000.

Think of this as a sunk tuition cost. The hope is that the skills, mindset, lessons learned, and the people you meet will be worth the $35,000 investment. The two-year plan is spent on the learning experience (long term ROI) and not for short-term ROI. 

3 Principles of Watchmaking & How I Teach

3 Principles of Watchmaking & How I Teach

I teach watchmaking with a principles based approach backed by practical actions. My approach to watchmaking can largely be based off of 3 key principles. The principle of Investigation & analysis, mechanical interlock, and skill. Read more here

Advice for Watchmaking Students

Advice for Watchmaking Students

Consider this as a personal guide in the beginning stages of your watchmaking career. Since you're part of the club now, I will be blunt. I wrote this article with one thing in mind and one thing only. I wrote this because I wished I would've had this information when I first started watchmaking. I wrote this so that one of you will benefit from this and in hopes that you won't have to learn the hard way like I did.

The Art of Oiling in Watchmaking - Lubrication 101

The Art of Oiling in Watchmaking - Lubrication 101

Read this Fundamental post on Oiling in Watchmaking. I go over the reasons why we oil, common oilers, frequently used lubricants, dos and donts, and the history of oiling. This should serve as a broad definitive guide to the art of oiling in watchmaking.

How to Get into Watchmaking

How to Get into Watchmaking

With Watchmaking, it's a binary decision. You can't be half pregnant. Either you're fully committed or you're not. If you even have to ask whether or not you should get into watchmaking- you probably shouldn't. People who are deeply invested and are serious about learning watchmaking will find a way. If there's a will, there's a way.