Level 1: Getting Started
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Welcome to the first course in our watch repair study series. Everybody has to start somewhere and this course does just that. It covers the absolute basics.

This course covers the tools and consumable products you will need before going into the anatomy of a basic mechanical watch movement and how it functions.

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You are not yet enrolled on any course. The Watch Repair Course is a project developed by Mark Lovick with the support of many Patrons in order to provide an accessible entry into the field of watch repair for anybody with an Internet connection and a desire to learn.

41 Videos

This course contains 41 High Definition videos to demonstrate the lesson content.

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When you have gone through the course and quizes you will receive a certificate of completion.

What will you learn?
  • Creating an optimal work environment
  • The essential tools you will need to get started
  • What oils and consumable products you will need
  • The different kinds of watch cases and how to deal with them
  • The basic watch movement and identifying all of it’s components
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    There are no pre-requisites to taking this course. This course covers all the basics from the ground up.

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    Wether you are a hobbyist, a watch collector or would like to pursue watch repair as a potential career, you have to start somewhere.

    This course assumes that you do not have any prior knowledge or experience in watch repair and covers everything from different watch case types, including straps, glasses, watch backs and how to open them, the tools you will need and how to use them and breaks down the basic mechanical watch movement, explains all the components and what they do, and finally goes through all the individual watch parts to help you identify them.

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    Target Audience

    Anybody who is interested in watch repair as a hobby or a potential career will truly benefit from the foundations this course provides.

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  1. By Jeff Trish pogo3d on October 1, 2017
    If you enjoy watching his youtube videos, and truly want to learn the proper way to work on watch movements...
  2. By Carlo Tacchetti Carlo Tacchetti on September 29, 2017
    As a beginner I found extremely useful this part of the course. Nomenclature and basic concepts on each part function related to shape and position is fundamental. Mark has an easy and clear approach to these concepts
  3. By Philip Orrow MechPhil on September 21, 2017
    I am yet to finish my level 1 but am very impressed with the layout of the course and how easy it is to follow its simple to leave and go back too just where you left off or repeat a lesson,in my opinion all the sections are very well scripted by Mark
    Thanks Phil
  4. By Mike Raymond Mike Raymond on October 3, 2017
    The course style works OK, the videos clearly inform the student about each topic , the video is supplemented with a PDF text overview and there is very useful descriptive dialogue with diagrams with each presentation. The whole thing is pulled together with an assessment at the end with a pass mark which certainly focuses the mind whilst watching.

    Enjoyed it, learned a lot.
  5. By Thomas Judd tjudddvm on September 9, 2017
    Nicely paced, well presented! Can't wait to take level 2!!
  6. By Dave Gordon EagleDave on October 14, 2017
    I am new to watch repair and have watched a lot of YouTube videos. I wish I had started with the Watch Repair Courses.

    There are so many details Mark covers that YouTubers just seem to either don't know or pass over.
  7. By Frank Showalter Frank Showalter on September 9, 2017
    I started my watch education with a course recommended by a watchmaker. The course was good, This course is better with several advantages including; a more modestly priced movement for initial practice; excellent video; using additional movements to highlight similarities and differences; excellent instruction; provided the knowledge, techniques, cautions and warnings a beginner needs.
  8. By Erik Backer Erik Backer on October 27, 2017
    I had minimal watch repair experience going into this class. I have mostly modded watches and only most minor repairs. This class gave me a much better understanding of the movement works and how each section goes together and interfaces. I am definitely going on to level 2.
    I saw Mark's videos on youtube which led me to the site. He makes it fun and interesting!! Thank you!!!
  9. By Fredrik Signal Fredrik Signal on September 9, 2017
    I have been seaching and waiting for a course like this for a long time. And this one is very easy to follow. Mark is doing a brilliant job, explaining and showing his skills and his experiance. I recomend this course to all of you out there!!

  10. By Andrew Solomons stoli67 on September 9, 2017
    The level one course gives some good information about setting up your work space and what tools that you will need to start stripping watches down. Lots of good tips