Beginners Watchmaking Short Course Feb 2019

Sunday 17th and 24th February 2019  : 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

The EFHC  beginners watchmaking short course starts by teaching how to dissemble, basic fault find, clean, oil and reassemble a watch movement using a clone of the Unitas 6497 movement. This movement type was originally designed for pocket watches, but now finds its way into a number of modern style wrist watches.  It is a simple, large and robust Swiss Lever movement with a subsidiary seconds dial, and is an ideal project to give students the time to build up the understanding and dexterity needed, along with the confidence to work on small components.

This short course is intended to introduce watchmaking to those in associated businesses such as jewellery or watch retailing, introduce the Centre to non members or as a taster for those contemplating taking up watchmaking.  The class is limited to a maximum of 12 students. Places will be allocated in the order in which completed forms and payment are received.

As part of the course fee, each student is supplied with, and retains, a watch movement, case etc and a multi tub parts box.  At the conclusion of the course participants should have the watch ticking on their wrists. They are also given printed handouts on each session that compile to form a comprehensive set of notes.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are included, but students are advised to bring a packed lunch as it is a ten minute drive to the nearest place to buy food.

The Tutor for the course will be Richard Edwards. The course is held at the Centre over two consecutive Sundays from 10.00 am to approximately 5.00 pm on the 17th and 24th February 2019.  The fee for the course is £280.  Course enquiries should be directed to

Note : If they have them students should bring along a set of watchmakers screwdrivers, tweezers, a large movement holder and a suitable eyeglass or other magnification equipment. Alternatively these may be borrowed from the club on the understanding that all losses or damage are paid for.  The following is indicative of the type of movement being studied

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/44mm-parnis-blue-dial-6497-movement-hand-winding-Mechanical-mens-watch-P395-/111977097855

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