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My name is Drew. I live in Austin Texas and I am brand new to watch making. I plan on signing up for the moderators classes, later this summer. I am pretty excited to get started, but will be taking baby steps along the way. I am hoping that my son might take an interest in this hobby as well. I will be asking a lot of questions later when i am able to dive deeper into this. 

Looking forward to reading some good watch discussions.



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Thank you very much for the information! I will start looking over it. I am starting my journey with purchasing my tools. =D Baby steps.... I dont want the boss to get on to me too much. Cause i KNOW she will later =D

On 5/28/2022 at 1:59 AM, Michael1962 said:

Welcome to the forum Drew.

Do you think your son may get interested enough to make it a career?

Thank you Michael. 

I dont know yet. Its really early for him. When we discuss it he seems very interested in it. I have a vintage Elgin that my wifes uncle left her. We started looking up the serial number. I also showed him how to open it (hunter case) and we just looked at the balance and the bridges. I have not gone any further than that. He did seem to think it was pretty cool. I cant tell yet if he is just humoring me (he just turned 18) or really in to it. Too early to tell, right now. 

On 5/25/2022 at 4:01 AM, watchweasol said:

Hello Drew and welcome to the forum,   I have attached a little information to get you started.

1612608791_ToolsfortheHobbyist (2) (1).pdf 371.51 kB · 2 downloads TZIllustratedGlossary.pdf 4.2 MB · 1 download


WOW!! thank you very much for that info. I just looked over the list of items, and perused the illustrated one. Fantastic information! I am planning taking off a couple of weeks from work (couple of months) and taking Mark's classes. I will be doing that, but man this info is great! 

I do have a question, and please let me know if I should be posting it on anther thread. I am trying to figure out what loupe to get... I know the most common are the ones you highlight in your lit. What i was wondering about are the visor type of magnification. Is that even worth it or should i just stick with the single loupe with a "headband"? I was thinking the visor (with a light) would offer more/better field of vision. I just have not seen any watchmakers wearing those. I do wear readers, so i didnt want to interfere with those. 


Thank you, again! That was very nice of you 😃

-Drew M

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Hi Drew   I use both as I wear glasses but take them off when using the loupe. Both are comfortable but the bi nocular types do give a better field for general work and the loupe for close work. I think its a question of what fits your need at this time, neither ar prohibitly expensive.

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1 hour ago, watchweasol said:

Hi Drew   I use both as I wear glasses but take them off when using the loupe. Both are comfortable but the bi nocular types do give a better field for general work and the loupe for close work. I think its a question of what fits your need at this time, neither ar prohibitly expensive.


1 hour ago, RichardHarris123 said:

I also use a head visor for most work, a lope for closer work and a microscope for inspection. I also wear glasses. 

thank you both for the info. I think i will go with both and see how it goes. it will be awhile before i can test it out. buying my tools sloooowly for now. dont want to give the boss a sticker shock =D 

I will let you know how it goes. 

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