Books, schools


Registered User
May 2, 2007
Hi guys,

Could anyone recommend books or schools in Southern California for clock repair. I have been at this with the help of books for about 3 months. I just graduated high school and am very much interested in learning how to repair clocks but, It seems there are no schools in California that I can find which teach how to repair clocks.

Its clocks or computers and, I love clocks.

Joseph Bautsch

NAWCC Member
Dec 9, 2006
Atlanta, GA
I don't think there is anything specific on California at this web site but it does have a beginners category that contained a lot of information and useful web sites you can use. It also has a lot of information on books and different clock repair schools and courses you may be interested in. You should also join the NAWCC.


Registered User
Sep 11, 2005
You can also try learning with the help of DVDs. There are people who put out videos showing how to repair clocks and watches on DVDs. If you do a search on the Internet with Google and eBay you should locate several sources. And you can search old message threads on this MB or ask people for their opinions on the course material.

Sometimes the local library will also carry some old tapes or books on clock repair.

I used to be in the computer and high tech field. It can be interesting...for a while and then the stupid high tech companies will drive you crazy coming out with revisions, bugs, bug fixes, incompatibilities and new software just because they need people to keep buying stuff.

An operative description of the high tech industry is TOTALLY OUT OF (your) CONTROL.

Old clocks don't give you that problem. :thumb: Most people prefer a good measure of control over our lives.

The main thing to watch out for is to not get in too deep too quickly and stick to only certain kinds of clocks and repairs until you are comfortable with them or you will end up owning too many clocks and way too many tools.

Prepare a plan and follow it.


Charles E. Davis

NAWCC Fellow
NAWCC Life Member
NAWCC Member
Golden Circle
Nov 6, 2000
La Verne, CA
The Southern California College of Watchmaking in South Gate dissapeared about 30 years ago. I spent Monday evenings there with Coffey and some others who I continue to see at Regionals. The watch program in Oakland lasted a few more years. The latest attempt was in connection with a contractors licensing program held in some buildings near where Chapter 4 meets. It was focused on "Instrument Technology" but was based on watch repair, as I understood it. It has not been active for nearly a decade according to what I have heard.
There are a number of adult education clock repair classes offered in Southern California. They are pretty much promoted by several of the local NAWCC chapters. Pomona, West Covina, Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley have had or are currently running programs. They generally meet for around 3 hours a week while schools are in session. I have long been associated with the one in Pomona. It meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 499 East Arrow Route, Pomona, CA
Charlie Davis, La Verne, CA


Apr 6, 2004
Mesquite, TX
I'd be remiss if I wrote, "self taught" because that would not give credit to the braintrust here - all those who've taught me as much, perhaps more than the books I have. But truly I say, I've never attended any clock course - to THAT extent, self taught. I just started buying clocks by the pound and seeking ANYone who wanted their clock repaired.
I believe what formal schooling does is accelerate the learning process - you learn more quickly.


Registered User
Apr 15, 2005
Loxahatchee, Florida
Clocks or computers.

With clocks it may take a while to build up clientel. Also, uncertain future as it is hard to predict what ebay and mass communication forums (like here for example) will have on clock sales and repair.

In short don't hold your breath to get rich selling/repairing clocks. Although it is fun, I must admit, you would do better starting your relationship with clocks as a hobby. See if it takes off from there.

Much of the clock/antiques industry got hurt by ebay and the communication powers of the internet. That and repair got hurt by quartz clocks. People put them in and forget about it.

Computers depends on what you desire to get into. Many avenues, some are swamped while others ok.

Truthfully, if you do pick computers. Don't pick computers 'per say', choose an engineering field. That will lead you to computer hardware and software development anyway.

The thing about programmers, everybody and thier brother become one latley. I have been to job seminars and see guys with masters degrees in programming can't get jobs. It's a really swamped field where employers have the pick of the litters.

Programming of itself is really nothing. Not even a degree really, some avenues have certificates.

While on the other hand electrical or mechanical engineering is a real persuit. Something to consider if your technically incliined.

If you do decide to just go for just the programming degree. Which I think is a total mistake, choose a buisness language like RPG, ORACLE or whatever boring report number crunching software language they have out now. That world is all about banking and sales etc. They are the one's that are hiring. That and website specialist that are a dime a dozen.

Don't make the mistake like I did and take C++. That language is basically good for engineering field. But if your not a person with degree in engineering you won't get hired. Which brings you back to square one.

Hope this helps.

Joe D.

Registered User
Dec 21, 2004
>>Has anyone taken the home study course from AWCI? Good, bad, or??

I highly recommend the AWCI Home Study course if you are serious about going beyond cleaning and oiling. You will need a lathe as well as a good set of tools to complete the lessons. When you are finished you'll be able to repivot, repair broken teeth, remount wheels, calculate missing wheels and pinions, etc.


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