- Oct 22, 2013
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Have you taken any classes? I see a few online, but how can you tell if it's a good one or not?I was always intrigued by them, and would watch some of the watch repair channels on YouTube. When I decided that it was time to learn, I started paying more attention to those videos and soon I was able to follow along with what they were doing and seeing patterns in how watches were built. Eventually I felt like I could tackle one for myself.
All of the knowledge in the world is great, but until you handle the parts yourself, it doesn't fully prepare you. I quickly learned the value of quality tools, and while I could take apart a watch and put it back together, I realized that I basically had zero clue how to troubleshoot problems like low amplitude, end shake, side shake, regulation, etc. Another thing the videos don't show you is how to read the technical manuals, how to properly lubricate a watch, etc. That's where the courses came in handy. I eventually found a couple of online forums that provided a lot of this info, but I'd sincerely recommend taking some courses once you have a basic understanding of the insides of a mechanical watch.
It's a rewarding hobby, and I'd be happy to help you if you decide to take the plunge.
FWIW, I think building some Seiko divers is a great way to get in. I am a big Seiko fan, and have some divers myself. One of my very first projects was repairing and modding a Seiko PADI diver that I bought off of eBay. I wear that watch regularly. I thought about doing the same thing you described, and buying up several old vintage non-runners off of eBay, restoring them, and giving them as gifts for Christmas (probably next year).