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New Retail Watch Technician Course Offered

Gene Klodzen

NAWCC Member
Aug 24, 2000
Springfield, Virginia

COLUMBIA, PA: There is currently an ever increasing demand by jewelers and retailers for knowledgeable sales associates and watch technicians. To meet this demand, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) School of Horology has partnered with the largest horological sales and repair center in the world to design a course to train current employees, business owners, and prospective employees. The “Watch Technician for the Retailer” course has been developed with the needs of consumers and retailers in mind and will fill the gap that exists between the customer and the watchmaker.

This watch course is targeted towards employers and individuals. This class offers training for a retailer looking to bolster the skills of current employees, retailers looking for a graduate from the course, or an individual anticipating starting a new career.

“To my knowledge, this will be the first course offered with the needs of the business owner in mind. In recent years jewelry stores have limited their involvement with watch sales and repairs because of the shortage of qualified sales associates / watch technicians. Upon completion of this course, employers can take advantage of the excellent source of income watch sales and repairs have to offer, while reducing the liabilities,” states School Director Jim Michaels.

The four-week course (IND101) runs from February 2 through February 27, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students who complete the course will be able to:
• Understand how watches are and were made.
• Identify fake watches.
• Determine the age of the watch - whether it is antique, vintage, or modern.

• Identify case materials and be able to polish, remove dents and scratches, and check for water resistance.
• Identify band types and how to replace and size bands.
• Replace and polish crystals in antique, vintage, and modern watches.
• Identify and replace crowns.
• Check battery voltage and replace batteries.
• Understand how a watch works and how to estimate common problems.
• Identify and record any imperfections upon taking a customer’s watch.
• Know how to use various timing machines.
Program fees include $15 registration, $150 lab fee, and $2,800 tuition. The prerequisite is a high school diploma or G.E.D. For more information visit www.horology.edu. To register for this course call 717-684-8261, ext 218 or email school@nawcc.org. There are still several openings for the February session.

The School of Horology is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research. Class size is limited to ensure students the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.
The NAWCC School of Horology is a division of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Hundreds of students have come through the School’s programs since it opened in 1995. The NAWCC also operates the National Watch & Clock Museum and Library and Research Center in Columbia, PA. Additional information can be obtained by visiting our website at www.nawcc.org.

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