Great news for horologists and time enthusiasts alike, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is announcing a new online learning series launching in May. This remote learning tool gives NAWCC supporters access to a variety of horological courses taught by experts in the industry. The NAWCC Online Learning Series allows participants to choose from watch and clock repair workshops that regularly occur at their Columbia, PA branch without actually being present in the classroom.
Understanding that many people are unable to travel to the on-site branch, the NAWCC is now opening their classes to any interested person with a computer. Participants can choose from topics ranging from clock repair to pocket watches.
“Battery, Bands and Bracelets” will be the first course offered and will provide an overview on the removal and installation of watch batteries, watch bands and bracelets in a variety of styles and across multiple types of watch cases. These are items typically handled in jewelry stores, department stores and mall kiosks and are considered common repairs. All makes and models of watches will be included in the instruction which will include removal of case backs and watch bands, battery and band selection, and battery and band installation.
“We are extremely excited about our online offerings and the enormous opportunity it brings for members and non-members alike,” states Katie Knaub, NAWCC Director of Education. “We understand the difficulty in shop owners having trouble leaving their stores in order to participate in our classes in person. That’s why we want to make every effort to keep our instructional material as accessible as possible to anyone who shares a love and passion for horology like we do.”
If you are interested in participating in this or any other NAWCC course please contact the national office at 717-684-8261 ext. 237 or visit www.nawcc.org and browse the education tab where you’ll find course and registration information.
The NAWCC was founded in 1943 by a group of 43 men who sought to exchange ideas and trade items with others who were hungry for horological information. With 52 charter members in 1943, the organization has grown to include international participation with over 16,000 members from 52 countries and 170 chapters. The NAWCC publishes two bi-monthly periodicals: the Watch and Clock Bulletin and the Mart and Highlights. In 1977 the NAWCC opened an 8,000 sq. foot gallery which, today, has expanded to the National Watch and Clock Museum and encompasses the entire building it originally occupied, with additions, and now includes office space for staff, a library and research center.