“Wisconsin Institute of Horology Home Study Course”

“You Can Now Learn the Art and Skills of Watch
and Clock Repair from the Comfort of Your Own Home”

Acquire The Practical Techniques, Skills and Knowledge
Of Watch and Clock Repair From The Masters Of Years Past…

Now You Can Unlock a World of Opportunity, Explore the Possibilities of a Career in Horology and Master the Craft of Watch and Clock Repair At Your Own Pace…




“Riversdale Clocks Proudly Presents”

The Digitised Vintage Addition Of …  

“The Wisconsin Institute of Horology
Home Study Course”


“Home Study Course of the Wisconsin Institute of Horology”

A Complete Course of Instruction in Practical Watch Repairing
for the Beginner and Those Who Wish to Improve.

Second Edition Completely Revised, Improved
and Considerably Enlarged
Copyright 1921, by F. A. Thomas


course books

This amazing vintage Watch and Clock Repair home study course is a skilfully and meticulously scanned, complete copy of the famous Wisconsin Institute of Horology clock and watch repair course that was originally supplied to students in booklet form for distance learning.

The complete 23 lesson booklets course, page by page has been meticulously scanned and formatted into Portable Document Format (PDF) to allow for easier reading on electronic devices.

If you’re in a hurry…

The lessons cover all aspects of horology work from…


Elementary Work
Elementary Filing…
Lathes work…
Pivoting and jewelling,


Clock Repairing
Mechanical Construction…
Fitting of a New Mainspring…
                Locating the Causes of Stoppage of a Clock…
                Analysis of the Striking Mechanism


Practical Watch Repairing

Practical Watch Repairing…
                Watch Case and Jewelry Repairing…
                The Business End Of The Watch Making Trade…

                 And Much, Much, More…   (Check Index Bottom of Page)


Spelling and Grammar has been left as is, so as not to distract from the publications authenticity, bringing this vintage and extremely rare content into the ever evolving technology of digital publishing.

This course is truly a teach yourself watch and clock repair course at home as this was the goal and focus of the Wisconsin Institute as was Thomas and Byron Sweazey. and the BHI courses, it was designed for use at home as a correspondence course and consequently produced in parts.

The purpose of the home study course was to provide a way for people unable to attend the resident school, an opportunity to receive the same level of professional instruction at home. This allows anybody the ability to learn watch repair during their spare time, and from the comfort of their own home. This unique Professional Instruction teaches how to repair all types of clock and watches (Non Battery Powered), as each lesson is explained in plain, every-day language, just as your instructor would talk to you individually.

Images and illustrations

The illustrations that accompany every lesson are beautiful ink-drawn images and figures which are useful and clear, no photographs were used in the publication.

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The text from the “Wisconsin Institute of Horology Home Study Course” is from the glorious past of mechanical clock and watches, how they work, and how to restore them. Which will prove invaluable to you in your watch repair business and your horological studies?

It also makes a great irreplaceable reference guide and the step-by-step instruction is most valuable for the interested hobbyist, and this vintage rescued gem is a classic instructional manual that watch/ clock repairers, collectors and many horologists should have in their reference library.

Course Parts

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There are a total of 23 lesson booklets that encompassed the entire course…


Part 1: Elementary Work, – lessons 1-6.

Part 2: Clock Repair,- lessons 1-4.

Part 3: Watch Repair,-lessons 1-11.

Supplement 1: Watch Case and Jewelry Repairing- lesson 12

Supplement 2: The Business End Of The watch Making Trade-lesson 13


The course is divided into 3 sections that build upon each other…

Part 1 has 6 lessons, based on elementary work and basic skills which cover filing, lathe work, pivoting, jewelling, correct use of tools and much more…

Part 2 has 4 lessons covering all aspects of clock repairing…

Part 3, has 11 lessons and extensively covers all aspects of watch repairing…

Supplement 1: lesson 12 covers… Watch Case and Jewelry Repairing…

Supplement 2: lesson 13 covers… The Business End Of The Watch Making Trade.

If you are in any horological studies or a watch/clock repairer a collector or interested hobbyist, this publication will prove an invaluable irreplaceable reference guide. Definitely a must have in any horologist book collection.

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The “Horological Encyclopaedic Dictionary”

This handy little book is just a wealth of Horological terms and understanding of watch and clock making technology. The information and drawings for this Encyclopaedic Dictionary have been taken from an old and out of copy book.

It is a valuable source of information and horological knowledge, covering many types of clocks & watches and their parts. Also included are descriptive passages on early devises used for the measurement of time. and many wonderful historical references.

This is an early glossary of horological general terminology covering an extensive and comprehensive work on watch and clock making.


We thoroughly recommend this publication for inclusion on the bookshelf of all horologists whether horological students, historians or interested hobbyists.







Head, Department of Horology
Southwestern Institute of Technology
Weatherford, Oklahoma



The purpose of this book is to present the fundamentals of horology, both in theory and practice.

Part 1 deals with wheel work and gearing, which involve the work of calculating the number of teeth of missing wheels and pinions and in determining their proper diameters. Principles of escapement design and an analysis of the balance and spring are given considerable space.

Part 2 treats repair methods, in which the making of a balance staff and the adjustment of the escapement are given more than the usual space allotted to these subjects.

Part 3 is concerned with the adjustments to position, isochronism, and temperature, factors that… 
may be called the finishing touches of the horological profession.




History of the American Clock Business

New Haven: 1860




A title by Chauncey Jerome, who was a Clockmaker in the early 1800s. He made a fortune selling his clocks, and his business became enormous. Deciding to go into business for himself, Jerome began to make cases, trading them to Terry for wooden movements. In 1850 he formed the Jerome Manufacturing Co. as a joint-stock company with Benedict & Burnham, brass manufacturers of Waterbury. His future should have been secure but in 1855 he bought out a failed Bridgeport clock company controlled by P.T. Barnum, which wiped him out financially, leaving the Jerome Manufacturing Co. bankrupt.

Written in Jerome’s simple language, and in a bungling manner, he has told his story of his life. As he said, he is no author, but claims a title which he considers nobler, that of a “Mechanic.”

Being possessed of a remarkable memory, and able to give a minute account and even the date of every important transaction of his whole life, he distinctly remembers events which took place when he was but a child, three and a half years old, and how he celebrated his fourth birthday. He could relate many instances of his boyhood and later day experiences if his health, and strength would permit. It had been no part of his plan to boast, exaggerate, or misrepresent anything, but to give only the “plain facts.

“This is a Must Read for any Clock Enthusiast or Horological Historian”…

So what’s all this worth to you!

Is it time to unlock your potential as an Horologist?

With this Complete Course of Instruction in practical watch and clock repair you can now take your watch and clock repair skills to the next level and transform your hobby into a passion with this comprehensive training course and learn to repair and restore watches and clocks to their former glory.

Transform your passion for horological repair or collecting into a lucrative endeavour or turn your hobby into a profitable enterprise as this course has the intention of teaching the student all that is required to repair watches and clocks adequately enough to open a watch repair business, as the lessons are all very hands-on and application oriented in nature.

This course is written in the old-school way of learning repairs. It is relevant as a historic example of horological teaching with an abundance of useful info, now a little out of date but the techniques and practices are as relevant today as they where when first published in the 1921

Horology Home Study Course


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PDF-download-imageDownload– 1 Introductory PDF file containing the download links for all the folders containing the 23 lesson booklets plus bonus books (these are electronic booklets) in PDF format for use on your Computer.

You can easily convert the PDF files to a similar format suitable for viewing on your Tablet, Mobile phone, Kindle, eBook reader or other device using the free software called Calibre.

Folder: Part 1: Elementary Work, – lessons 1-6.

Folder: Part 2: Clock Repair, – lessons 1-4. 

Folder: Part 3: Watch Repair,-lessons 1-13 

Folder: Bonus: 3 really special most advantageous publication

1 PDF file: containing the full index for quick reference 

1 PDF file: Publishers Notes


So What Does This Cost?

I started thinking back to how much this information would have meant to me if I could have been able to get my hands on it when I started my career in horology, before I paid thousands out in tuition fees to get qualified, 30 years ago!.

So I’m sure you can understand when I say I don’t want to let the price of this Home Study Course get in the way of anybody acquiring the knowledge and skills of the old masters and even though I could charge (and get) a whole lot more, I’ve decided to sell this entire digitised package of this amazing vintage Watch and Clock Repair home study course, 23 PDF booklets and 3 special bonus books for the…

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The “Horological Encyclopaedic Dictionary”
A Practical Course In Horology
History of the American Clock Business

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(Please note there is no offer of support or training for this course.
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Part 1: Elementary, lessons 1-6.

Part 1 Lesson1
The Watchmaker’s Work Bench—Introduction to Elementary Work—The Use of the File——Filing of a Clock Screw—The Use of the Hammer—Filing a Conical Pin.

Part 1 Lesson 2
Making a Pair of Clock Hands—The Blueing of Steel and Iron—  Making a Pair of Hands of a Richer Design——Making a Small Setting Spring—Hardening and Tempering of Steel—Grinding and  Polishing of Flat Steel Parts—Making of a Set Lever Spring—Making of a Regulator—-Making of a Stem Set Lever.

Part 1 Lesson 3
The Millimeter Gauge-The Watchmaker’s Lathe and Its Use- Mounting of the Lathe—The Graver-How to Hold a Graver when  Turning-Turning of Small Movement Screws-Leveling, Grinding  and Polishing of Screwheads—Making of Screw Taps-How to Make Drills.

Part 1 Lesson 4
Making of a Barrel Arbor—Making of American and Swiss Winding Stems—Turning of Square Shouldered Pivots—Making a Pallet Arbor—Turning of Conical Pivots—Making of a Balance Staff.

Part 1 Lesson 5
Pivoting a Balance Staff or Pinion—Drawing the Temper for Drilling-—Centering and-Drilling of Staffs—Inserting the Plug and Turning of Pivot—Cementing of Staffs for Pivoting. 

Part 1 Lesson 6
What Jewels Are Used in Watches?—Tools Needed for Jeweling—Maklng a Cap Jewel Setting—Setting of Balance Hole Jewels—Replacing of Broken Balance Jewels—Making of Plate Jewel  Settings-—Setting of Centerwheel Jewels—Fitting of a New Jewel  and Setting Into a Swiss Balance Cock

Part 2: Clock repair, lessons 1-4.

Part 2 Lesson 1
Mechanical Construction of a Simple Clock Movement-—Preliminary Examination of the Escapement—Taking Apart of an American Clock Movement—Cleaning and Assembling—Final Examination of the Escapement—Oiling of Clock Movements-— Regulating to Time. 

Part 2 Lesson 2
Fitting of a New Mainspring Into an American Clock Movement—Straightening of a Bent Tooth—Fitting a New Tooth to a Train Wheel or Barrel-—Repairing of Click and Ratchet—Examining and Repairing of Depthings-—Topping and Rounding Off a Wheel—Enlarging the Diameter of a Train Wheel—Closing of  Wide Pivot Holes—Bushing of Wide Pivot Holes—Testing and Polishing of Pivots—Straightening of Bent Pivots—Pivoting a  Clock Pinion or Arbor—Repairs of the Cannon Pinion-—Repairs  of the Escapement—Repairing of the Lever—Straightening of a Bent Escapement Tooth—Adjustment of the Escapement Depth—  Errors of the Fork—The Suspension Spring. 

Part 2 Lesson 3
Locating the Causes of Stoppage of a Clock After Delivery—Examining the Hands and Center Arbor—Examining the Pendulum—Examining the Escapement and Train—The Dead Beat Escapement—Errors of the Dead Beat Escapement—The Brocot Escapement—The American Alarm Clock—Cleaning and Repairing of Alarm Clocks—Putting a Lever Escapement on Beat—Examining of the Roller and Safety Actions—Adjusting of the Hairspring-—The Balance Pivots—Setting of the Alarm.

Part 2 Lesson 4
Analysis of the Striking Mechanisim—The Warning and Unlocking Actions—Adjustment and Repairs of the Striking Mechanism —French Striking Clocks—The Rack and Snail Arrangement—The Unlocking Action—Cleaning and Repairing of French Clocks —Testing and Polishing of Pivots—Closing of Wide Pivot Holes —Bushing of Wide Pivot Holes—Assembling of French Clock  Movements—Testing the Striking Mechanism—Examining and  Adjusting of French Clock Escapements—The Quarter Strike Arrangement—Locating of Errors in Quarter Strike Clocks. 

Part 3: watch repair, lessons 1-11.

Part 3 Lesson 1
How to Keep a Watch Repairer’s Work Bench-—Taking Apart of a Key Winding Movement and the Names of the Various Parts—One Method of Cleaning Watch Movements-—Assembling of a Watch Movement-—Examining of the Escapement-—Putting a Watch on Beat-—Adjusting of the Dial and Hands—Oiling of Watch Movements—Classification of Errors and Causes of Stoppage of the Lever Escapement, Peculiar to the Construction of the  American Full Plate Movement

Part 3 Lesson 2
Taking Apart of a Three-Quarter Plate American Movement—-How to Determine the Sizes of American Movements—Setting of Ruby Pins—Straightening of Bent Pivots—Polishing of Pivots—Closing and Bushing of Pivot Holes—“Uprighting” of Wheels and Pinions—What Do We Understand by “Drop”?—What Is Understood by “Run”?—What Is the “Draw”?-—Adjusting of the Roller Action—Fitting of a New Guard Pin—How to Clean Watch Cases.

Part 3 Lesson 3
Errors and Repairs of the Train—The Mainspring and Barrel,  Its Possible Errors and Necessary Repairs—Determining the Correct Width of a Mainspring—Determining the Strength of a Mainspring—Fitting an American Mainspring—Fitting a Swiss Mainspring—Fitting a New Barrel Hook—-Straightening of a Bent Barrel Tooth—Inserting a New Tooth Into a Mainspring Barrel-— Trueing of a Mainspring Barrel—Closing of Wide Barrel Holes—-  Other Errors of the Barrel and Mainspring—Errors of the Click  and Ratchet Wheel—Repairing of the Center Wheel Pivots —-Bushing of the Center Wheel Holes—Uprighting the Center Wheel and Pinion—Fitting a Tooth Into a Train Wheel —-Trueing the  Center Wheel—Riveting a Center Arbor-—Fitting a New Center Wheel—Fitting a New Center Arbor or Pinion—Errors of the Dial  Wheels and Cannon Pinion—Errors of the Third Wheel—Straightening a Bent Pivot—-Replacing a Train Jewel—Testing the Depthing—Fitting a Swiss Train Wheel—Errors of the Fourth Wheel-—Errors of the Escapewheel and Their Repairs.

Part 3 Lesson 4
 The Detached Lever Escapement-—Technical Terms Employed in  Connection With the Lever Escapement—Practical Considerations  of the Detached Lever Escapement, Its Adjustment and Repairs—The Safety Action—The Pallet Action-—The Draw—The Drop—The Impulse Action—The Hairspring—The Balance Jewels-—The  Balance Pivots—Examination of the Escapement While Assembling-—The Double Roller Escapement—Errors and Causes of Stoppage  Peculiar to the Double Roller Escapement—Setting of Pallet Jewels.

Part 3 Lesson 5
 Making and Fitting of a Swiss or American Balance Staff-—Removing of the Roller Table—Removing of the Staff from the Balance Wheel-—Preparing of the Steel for a Staff-—The Balance Seat—The Collet Seat—The Upper Pivot—The Oil Cut—The Hub-—The Roller Seat—The Lower Pivot—Riveting or Staking of the Staff to the Balance Wheel—Truing of Balance Wheels-—Poising of Balances—-Fitting a Staff of American Standard Size.  

Part 3 Lesson 6
 Preliminary Examination of a Watch Movement With a Lever Escapement Before Taking Apart for Cleaning-—The Best Method  for Cleaning Watches-—Cleaning of  Rusty Watch Movements-—Essential Points to be Considered when Assembling Watch Movements.

Part 3 Lesson 7
 Fitting of Swiss and American Hairsprings—Selecting a Hairspring—Colleting of Hairsprings—Trueing of Hairsprings—-Vibrating—Pinning the Hairspring to the Stud-—Fitting Of Breguet Springs—Bending of the Breguet Coil—Timing of a Watch Movement with Breguet Spring—Isochronism.

Part 3 Lesson 8
Regulating and Timing of Watch Movements—Ordinary Regulating of Watches—Timing of Movements with Plain Balance Wheels—Increasing the Weight of a Balance Wheel—Weakening of a Hairspring—Close Timing of Railroad and Other High Grade Movements—-Adjusting a Lever Movement to Positions—-Adjusting a Cylinder Movement to Positions—Demagnetizing of Watches—-The Principle of Compensation—A Quick Way for Timing Watch Movements.

Part 3 Lesson 9
Repairing of Swiss Movements-—The Center Wheel and Pinion—Fitting of a Hollow Center Pinion-—Fitting a New Center Pin-—Tightening a Center Pin—Repairing of Depthing Between Barrel and Center Pinion—Fitting a New Center Wheel-—-Fitting a Swiss Pinion—Errors and Repairs of the Swiss Lever Escapement-—Adjusting of Solid Bankings.

Part 3 Lesson 10
Practical Considerations of the Duplex Escapement-—Examining and Adjusting of the Duplex Escapement—Analysis of the Chronometer Escapement, its Adjustment and Repairs-—Mechanical construction of the Chronometer Escapement—Cleaning and Adjusting of Movements with Chronometer Escapement.

Part 3 Lesson 11
The Cylinder Escapement, Its Adjustment and Repairs-—The Mechanical Construction of the Cylinder Escapement—Adjusting the Depth of the Cylinder Escapement—Adjusting of the “Passage”—Causes of Overbanking of the Cylinder Escapement—Fitting of a New Escape Wheel Pinion—How to Determine the Correct Proportions of Wheels and Pinions—Determining Number of Leaves of a Lost Escape Wheel Pinion-—Fitting a New Cylinder—Pivoting of a Cylinder—Summary of Errors of the Cylinder Escapement

Part 3 Supplement 1 Lesson 12
Fitting of Lift Springs—Fitting of Lock Springs—Removing of Dents From Watch Cases—Making a Tight Joint to Work Easy—How to Make a Case Shut Properly—Fitting a New Pendant Bow—Adjusting and Fitting of American Winding Stems—Fitting a New Stem to a Lever-Set Movement—Fitting of New Stems to Stem-Set Movements—Fitting a New Joint Pin— ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION IN MAKING AND REPAIRING OF  JEWELRY—The Alcohol Lamp and Gas “Duplex Burner”-The  Blow Pipe—The Charcoal Soldering Bloch—Fluxes for Soldering  and Melting of Gold and Silver—The Borax Slate— Solders and How to Make Them—The Pickle—The Anti-Oxidizer—-Soldering—Making of Jewelry—Melting of Gold and Silver—Hammering,  Rolling and Drawing of Gold and Silver—Making of a Plain Band  or Wedding Ring—Sizing of Rings with Stone Settings—Making  of a Tiffany Ring Mounting—Making of a Scarf Pin Diamond Setting—A Few Pointers Pertaining to the Setting of Stones

Part 3 Supplement 2 Lesson13
THE BUSINESS END OF THE TRADE—Advice to the Young Watchmaker on “How to Deal with Customers”—Keeping of a Watch-Repair Record—How to Take in Watch Repair Work—Legitimate Scale of Charges for Watch Repairs—How to Apply  and Secure a Position, and How to Write and Answer an Advertisement—How to Enter the Watch Repair or Jewelry Business  Without, or  But Very Limited Capital—Selecting a Business  Location—What Supplies and Watch Material Will Be Needed to Conduct a Repair Business?—How to Order Watch Material— How to Open Accounts with Material Houses and Other Concerns—How to Make Sales Without Stock on Hand.