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Course Offering - "Understanding Fundamentals of Watches for Valuation"

Gene Klodzen

NAWCC Member
Aug 24, 2000
Springfield, Virginia

COLUMBIA, PA: From April 17 through 22 instructor Joe Cohen, FNAWCC*, will teach professionals and novices the identification of watch types; key watch characteristics and components; the role of construction and materials in the proper identification of watches; basic understanding of watch conservation, restoration, refinishing, and repairs and subsequent impact on value.

Cohen includes an overview of the evolution of watch types and appropriate terminology as well as criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants will learn watch examination techniques, what to photograph on a watch, and research tools and methods. They will also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course includes a day for the appraisal novice on appraisal methodology, report writing, practices, and an overview of USPAP requirements taught by professional appraisal educator Leon Castner, director of education, International Society of Appraisers.

Class size is limited to ten, so register early. This is an intense course that requires advance reading as well as reading and completion of research assignments during the evenings. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last day is a half day that ends at noon. Some evening research and work are required as part of this course. Current appraisers report on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

The cost for the 5-1/2-day program is $1,000; the 4-1/2-day program (without the overview day described above) is $900 and is geared for current appraisers only. Both registrations include course books ($175 value) and handout material for those who register 90 days in advance. Those who register after 90 days will need to purchase course books. The NAWCC Museum and Library are available to participants for their research during the course. Laptop computers or tablets with word-processing capabilities are required; rentals are available.

The course fee includes the following course books: Appraising Personal Property: Principles and Methodology (non-appraisers only); Price Guide to Watches (current edition); Watch and Clockmakers of the World (Loomes 2005).

All students must purchase and read (several times) before class Instant Expert: Collecting Watches by Cooksey Shugart. This book is out of print but can be found used online. Students should also purchase Collectors Dictionary of Clocks & Watches by Eric Bruton (1999) and Watch and Clock Encyclopedia by Donald deCarle (1984).

For further information and to register, go to http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/workshops/field-suitcase-workshops or contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or education@nawcc.org.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with over 14,000 members, representing 52 countries. The NAWCC operates the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts, and a Library and Research Center with more than 30,000 books, catalogs, and periodicals. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.

Kim Craven
NAWCC Marketing and Events Coordinator
p: 717.684.8261 Ext.231

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