Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Over!

Whew!  I've been ill with a cold all week.  Bad timing, because this is the week when we take our CW21 certification exams!  Today I finished the final task.   It's quite a grueling test because of all the different components which are as follows:

1. Theory
2. Quartz overhaul
3. Micromechanical tasks (restaffing/turning a barrel bushing)
4. 7750 Chronograph overhaul

Overall I feel like my performance was up to standard, but we'll have to wait to see what if any weaknesses the examiners find in my work!

I have now cleaned out my desk and packed up all my watchmaking gear.  I'll head back in once more to say my farewells to everyone at the school and pick up the results from my final exams.

It's been a extremely busy but fulfilling two years here in Seattle.  I've made lots of new friends, got to experience a new city, and obtained a skill that will be able to support me for years to come.

I'd like to extend a big thank you to my watchmaking instructors Elaine and Erik.  I would also like to thank the program coordinator Shawn for her help in getting through these last two years.

I'll continue to post interesting watchmaking factoids and oddities as I enter the professional watchmaking world, though I'm sure I'll find reason to post much more rarely.  Thanks for following me on this journey!