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    Re: Tips for a beginner watchmaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post

    ...There's debate over whether one should start out working on broken movements or running...
    There seems to be no debate among educators in the craft...or in most other professions.
    First we learn about "normal"...then "abi-normal" (ref Young Frankenstein)..."normal" has to be the reference datum...

    As important is selection of size and level of complication. Larger is better...as is basic time-registration without day/date auto-winding or other complications.

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    Re: Tips for a beginner watchmaker?

    Azkid seems to be doing well with his collection of running and semi-running movements. However, from a professional education perspective, I think BG's approach makes much more sense. Many hobbyists will be concerned only with cleaning and lubricating their movements. Someone who is training to become a professional watchmaker has many more skills to learn such as using a lathe, gravers and files and broaches, staking, jeweling, hairspring repair, and so on. These small incremental steps would be important. You can't learn advanced organic chemistry without learning the periodic table in chemistry 101.
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    Re: Tips for a beginner watchmaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcoffin1981 View Post
    Azkid seems to be doing well with his collection of running and semi-running movements. However, from a professional education perspective, I think BG's approach makes much more sense. Many hobbyists will be concerned only with cleaning and lubricating their movements. Someone who is training to become a professional watchmaker has many more skills to learn such as using a lathe, gravers and files and broaches, staking, jeweling, hairspring repair, and so on. These small incremental steps would be important. You can't learn advanced organic chemistry without learning the periodic table in chemistry 101.
    The first two lines, anyway. That'll generally do it for O-Chem.
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    Re: Tips for a beginner watchmaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    The first two lines, anyway. That'll generally do it for O-Chem.
    Gene Jockey is educated in the sciences. Yes arsenic and barium are not going to be used. This is one of the few classes I've done poorly in, not because it was so difficult, but studying the structure of the molecules was downright boring. Biology and microbiology was more my thing

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