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Learn Watch Repair at Home with The Home Study Course of the Wisconsin Institute of Horology
This is a newly printed, hard covered edition, and the entire series of the Wisconsin course. Each course was mailed to students, one at a time. This books has 450 pages and contains 23 lessons in total including basic skills, 4 lessons in simple clock repair and the remaining 13 focused on watch repair.
This course was popular in the 1930s and 1940s. You can expect the course to teach you the basics up front on subjects such as filing, lathe work, pivoting & jeweling. This was the generally method of teaching at that time.... start with the fundamentals and move up. Of course, you have nothing holding you back from skipping to the other topics, unlike original students.
Regardless of age, this book has enough good, readable, useful knowledge that we brought it back into print once again. It will make an excellent addition to your horological library.
Soft Cover $25
Hard Cover $39.99
Chicago School of Watchmaking - SOFTCOVER Print and HARDCOVER printTHE watchmaking book to have is stranded on a desert island
This is an amazing Masterpiece of work that's over 700 pages in length. This book is a softcover professionally printed and bound, copy of the Chicago School of Watchmaker's home study course.
You will not find this book printed elsewhere in this format. Think "phonebook" when imaging the size and weight. It's on the must-have list of books for your horological library whether you're a novice or experienced watchmaker.
Made in the 1950's it covers modern practices that are stuff useful today. The format is very easy to use and it's filled with photographs and diagrams that make learning the concepts easy. This is a very hands-on type of approach. The tools and techniques taught are exactly the same as what basic mechanical watch repair is all about.
Electronic copies are readily available on the internet, but only here will you find a hard copy which is exactly what you need when handling this much material.
Get the hardcover This is a book that you will have for a lifetime. It's worth it having used both the soft and hard covers, the hardcover is the better of the two. I STILL use my softcover so it's not like it's useless.
Soft Cover $45
Fundamentals of Watchmaking - Elgin Watchmakers College
Written 1955 and used by the Elgin Watchmakers College to teach the "Fundamentals of Watchmaking" course, this is a good watchmaking lesson with lab book. Its focus is on the mechanics of watch repair more than theory.
The lessons are hands-on and instructional, so it is in the "Home Study Course" section as it helps you learn at home. Not just for beginners, even a seasoned watchmaker could find one or two things not previously known, or learn a different approach to something.
There many beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations in the book.
The 8 lessons themselves are all step-by-step instructions on how to complete the concept being taught. Some example steps are -- (1) Let down mainspring, (2) Remove ratchet wheel, etc. For each step there are key points that go with the step that are presented to add more detail about exactly how to perform the task.
Some highlights about the book
· Lessons are a step-by-step list of things you need to do to complete the bench work
· The first 20 pages are the lessons.
· Each lesson has the steps and illustrations that accompany the lesson
· Much more text based instruction is located in the second half of the book
· There is information on topics such as cannon pinion tightening, friction jewels, roller jewels, etc, in the second half of the book.
· One particularly strong area is on correctly centering and leveling a hairspring
· There is excellent instruction on setting up the escapement
The book is 38 pages in total. Some pages were removed from the original that were simply blank pages.