Has anyone taken watchmaking courses?

The Horological Society of New York offers short classes on some of the basics of watchmaking. They are not a true school or anything, its more like a weekend “see how your watch works” type of deal. They offer a traveling class that will be coming to California later this month on the 16th and 17th. Courses are $550, is it worth it? 

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I hope to one day and at $550, that's not unreasonable.

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Another option is to put the money towards purchasing some tools and then sit back with a drink of choice and watch a bunch of videos from Wrist Watch Revival on YouTube and try to apply what you learn on a non-functioning watch to see if you can bring it back to life. 

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Or the lessons from Marshall's mentor...

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UnholiestJedi

Or the lessons from Marshall's mentor...

Who?

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This really does look cool.  At this point of my life, my biggest accomplishment was being apply to change the battery in all my quartz watches.  That saves me a lot of money because I have over 50 quartz.  The guy I used to go to charged 20 and up to change them and I buy about 12 batteries for around $10 or less.

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UnholiestJedi

Or the lessons from Marshall's mentor...

Love watching those videos!

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JapanExclusive

Who?

Marshall is the name of the guy that does Wristwatch Revival

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No, which is why I have a movement on my desk that I got to run, but now I have extra parts.

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What I am gathering is a good set of tools and some spare time might be a better deal. 

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I just muddled along making mistakes until I got better. There's a lot of videos and help out there if you want to try.   I would like to take a class to learn more about movements and building those.

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I think an in person, hands on course would be really fun. So, should I fly 18 hours from NZ to do it? 🙄

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KiwiWayne

I think an in person, hands on course would be really fun. So, should I fly 18 hours from NZ to do it? 🙄

If you wait about a year or so they may come closer to you! They do global tours!

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JapanExclusive

What I am gathering is a good set of tools and some spare time might be a better deal. 

That’s my personal view. I think you will get more out of the experience. That’s what I’m considering doing. Marshall from Wrist Watch Revival has a video going through the basic tools.

https://youtu.be/4tl7xNPvmyM

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I've bought some tools and a movement to start out, because if I can't swing that on my own, it's unlikely paying for a course is going to be worth my time/money. I emailed Chris (head watchmaker) at AnOrdain, and he provided some guidance on some available courses (see image). 

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