The Chicago School of Watchmaking

Home Study Course

by Thomas B. Sweazey and Byron G. Sweazey.

Lessons 6, 15, 22 and 29 are available here so far, others will come on at some point soon. For now I have left off the home study introduction to each section as well as the self test portion. These are just the body of the lessons.

* Lesson 6
Moter and Jeweled Barrels
* Lesson 14
Friction Jeweling
* Lesson 15
Replacing Factory Balance Staffs
* Lesson 16
Truing Balance Wheels
* Lesson 22
Principles of The Lever Escapement
* Lesson 29
Lathe Work

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