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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:31 am Reply with quote
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Oklahoma State University School of Watchmaking, after 72 years of operation, is to Close. (as reported in Hodinkee.com, June 6, 2018) The School of Watchmaking at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) will close at the end of 2018, after graduation of the current class. OSUIT is phasing out the Watchmaking & Microtechnology program within the School of Engineering Technologies and will no longer be accepting applications for or enrolling new students. The Program is closing due to an overwhelming budget crisis in the state of Oklahoma

Founded in 1946, the Program initially focused on education for veterans. The OSUIT School of Watchmaking was in part funded by the Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance (SAWTA). SAWTA is a program created by Rolex to standardize the curricula of watchmaking schools, as well as the testing and certification of watchmaking students in the USA. With the closure of the OSUIT School of Watchmaking, there are nine full-time watchmaking schools left in the USA.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:19 am Reply with quote
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The other reason they closed is lack of interest in the program.

I suspect many people are passing on watchmaking because they find out they cannot get parts from most companies, and most of the service centers have terrible starting pay.

On top of that 3-4 of the surviving schools are associated with certain watch companies so the programs are not truly independent in terms of what they train or include in the curriculum.

The programs in 2 other watchmaking schools are very dubious in reputation.

Have you all heard about Livesay's of Tampa Florida, closing after 49 years?

The supply houses are in deep doo-doo too.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:53 pm Reply with quote
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And you, my friend, MAY be the last man standing..........

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:53 pm Reply with quote
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I agree with Neil.
No point being a watchmaker if you can't get the parts you need.

You don't need much training to change a battery Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:19 pm Reply with quote
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There are watch repairmen and the are watchMAKERS!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:52 pm Reply with quote
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What are all of the expensive Swiss and European companies such as Rolex, Patek, etc. supposed to do if nobody can repair their watches? Aren't they making sure that there are enough watchmakers available to repair their watches?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:53 pm Reply with quote
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My mate is a properly trained watchmaker.
No schools around here for years so he packed up his life and moved to Switzerland to do his training.
Took years and he had to learn the language as well.
He has all the right papers from all the right schools and he has the skills but he can't get parts.
It appears all the big makers are keen to bring as many repairs as they can back in house to keep their own people going.

Kodak did the same thing with their cameras as the film market shrank but in the end it did not save them.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:39 am Reply with quote
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Thanks Steve, that makes sense.
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