The technicians have been quite busy! We have had three trial exams for the Gear Train in the past two weeks. We are graded on cleanliness (THE most important aspect of watchmaking), screw tightness (second only to cleanliness in importance), flatness and endshakes of gear train wheels, lubrication of the winding and setting mechanism, proper positioning of the mainspring bridle, and lubrication and endshake of the barrel. The final exam is coming soon. We have also been assessing power reserves in automatic movements using a technique that is quite simple but very reliable. A few of us have used the lathe to make custom anvils out of brass and steel for the Horia tool. These come in quite handy when adjusting jewels. At the end of next week, we’ll be a quarter of the way through our course. Time is truly flying by!
I will keep it short as I am running out of time! This week was extremely busy with trial exams for the technicians but also Dean and Tetsu had their real filing exams. Daniel from Sweden came for the bench test/taster course which was very nice! A balanced but also very intensive week! Have a great weekend everyone!