Watch Fundamentals 101 Online Course

About this course

$55.00 Per trainee

1 hour for video content

Chapter Quizzes

60 days to complete

Certificate upon completion

Course Curriculum

  • Watch Case Features
  • Differences in model and serial location by brand
  • Serial number locations
  • Understanding the model number on the case vs. reference materials
  • Understanding what model numbers indicate (model type, bezel type, metal type, etc.)
  • Intro to basic case lugs, bracelet attachments, and removal tools
  • Understanding case hallmarks
  • Comparison of vintage hallmarks vs modern hallmarks
  • General hallmark locations
  • Types of watch bezel designs
  • Functional bezels found on watches
  • Bezels that measure The winding crown (operation and function)
  • Understanding setting a watch (positions 0 through 4)
  • Watch Crystals: acrylic vs sapphire
  • Water resistance (explanation and reference location on timepieces)
  • Common dial designs
  • The watch bracelet and its components
  • Watch strap buckle and clasp assemblies
  • Bracelet clasp markings
  • Intro to genuine vs aftermarket vs counterfeit
  • The watch movement
  • Quartz vs Mechanical
  • Mechanical manual wind vs automatic
  • Basics of the quartz movement and the ETA
  • Key movement components
  • Chronometer certification
  • Watch functions: analog, analog chronograph, and digital analog.
  • Chronograph types and functions
  • How to operate a chronograph
  • Basics of the helium escape valve on diver’s watches
  • Standard watch packaging
  • The terminology used for levels of watch condition
  • Rating the condition of a watch
  • Intro on how to measure the wear of a watch bracelet
  • Estimating strap “wear and tear” and attaching value
  • The watch condition checklist
  • The top 7 things that negatively affect the value of a watch
  • Important magnification and image resolution details related to buying and authenticating
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