An Introduction to Watches

Introduction to Watches Course

Presented by Adrian Hailwood, this two-day course is an introductory program for those with little or no experience with watches.

£595 pp

An Introduction to Watches - Two Day Course

Benefits for you?

By the end of this two-day course, you will be able to talk confidently about the parts of a watch, its functionality, and other features. You will understand the difference between the various movement types and what makes a movement entry-level or high-end. You will have an insight into the fascinating world of watches and be inspired to discover more.

Benefits for your organisation?

Employees who engage more confidently with clients, offering information and handling questions, will build a better rapport and transact more business for you. Customers will have greater trust in you if your staff display knowledge and expertise.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for Valuers, Auction House Specialists, Pawnbrokers, Retailers, Novice Collectors, and anyone who wants a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of watches.


Courses are held in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.  If you require the content of any of these courses tailored to your organisation or have more than eight people to train, it may be better for you to host a private event. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss this.

Two Day Course - Day One Content

  • An overview of the history and development of pocket and wristwatches, highlighting the key innovations that have led to the modern watch

  • Terminology: the parts of a watch, strap, and bracelet and what they are called

  • Movements: how they work, their history, development, features, and benefits, including hand-wound mechanical, self-winding, electronic, quartz, kinetic, and spring drive

  • Materials: what the different parts of a watch are made from, and how this has changed over time

  • Case features: Snap backs, Screw backs, Screw-down case backs, Screw ring case backs, Front-loaders, HEVs and Water resistance

Two Day Course - Day Two Content

  • Complications: Date, Day-Date, GMT, Calendar, Annual and Perpetual Calendars. Chronographs, Fly-back Chronographs, Split-Chronographs, Equation of Time and Astronomical displays, Quarter and Minute Repeaters, Alarms, Tourbillons and Carrousels

  • Bezels: Dive bezels, Count-down bezels, Slide rule bezels, Weems bezel, Hour angle bezel, City rings. Pulsation, Tachymeter and Telemeter scales

  • Manufacturing methods and degrees of finishing from mass machining to hand work

  • History and current market positioning of the major commercial brands