Watch Repair – Clock Repair Course Review

Aug 2, 2010

It’s been a couple of days since my first article covering the Tascione

Courses. Here’s the scoop so far. I’ve spent numerous hours over the past

two days watching Bobs videos and studying course material. These courses

have been more than impressive. Seeing Bob perform a particular technique

or repair while explaining the process is helping me learn at an

astonishing rate. Bobs enthusiam, experience and love for what he does is

so obvious in these courses.

I’ll cover both clock repair and watch repair separately.

Clock Repair – I’ve already dissasembled and reassembled an American Seth

Thomas time and strike movement. The count wheel strike has given me some

trouble. Timing the strike is tricky. If not for the videos and especially

the excellent interactive striking animations I’m not sure I could have

done it. When I purchased the course I was under the impression the

animations were “still” pictures but they are actually long running MOVING

animations with which you can interact. Bob uses the word “Powerful” to

describe them and that’s exactly what they are. And there are a lot of

them. I don’t yet feel confident enough to tackle any actual repairs like

bushing. I’ll move on to that after I’ve reassembled the movement a few

more times. It has nothing to do with the course. It’s just that for me

things tend to sink in with a little practice.

Watch Repair – The watch repair course is great. The amount of information

is mind boggling. It would seem overwhelming if I actually had to know

everything Bob teaches just to service my own collection. The good news is

that I won’t. He covers basic dissasembly and reassembly of a watch first

then cleaning, changing mainsprings, staffing and the list goes on and on.

Most of my watches have only required a good cleaning and oiling in the

past. This seems to be far more common than all other repairs combined. So

I feel I’ll be able to put what I’ve been learning about cleaning and

basic maintenance to use right away and learn the more advanced techniques

over time. So far I dissasembled and almost reassembled an Elgin 16 size

movement last night but messed up putting the balance back into the watch.

Aligning the pallet fork with the roller jewel – yes, I learned those

names in the course – didn’t go well. My fault though. Bob showed me the

correct way to line things up but being my cocky self I didn’t feel it was

necessary. It was necessary. I called it a night and will tackle it again

the correct way this morning.

I ordered some watch repair and clock repair cleaning solutions, rinses

and oil the day after starting the course. They should arrive soon. I’m

going to try to do some cleaning so I will post the results in a few days.

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