SAWTA 3 Prep

SAWTA 3 Prep

We're focusing hard on the ETA 2824 in the run-up to our third pass-or-go-home test.

SAWTA 3 will be our intermediate watchmaking exam, and the 2824 is the perfect vehicle to test our skills. With an automatic module and a date mechanism, it's more complex than the first exam watch (the 6497) and is considerably slimmer. This exam will also include the all-important aspects of casing the watch (setting hands, etc.).

The 2824 isn't an overly challenging movement—we began training on it last summer—but it's one that requires delicacy and care to assemble properly. Our instructors are quick to point out that students seldom fail exams for what they don't know, they fail for what they don't do.

The automatic and date modules add several additional layers of mechanisms, all which need to be checked for functionality and freedom, and all of which must be assembled and lubricated properly.

Right now, we're training for accuracy and thoroughness in diagnosing any introduced problems in the watches. It's important to follow a comprehensive and methodical process when making functionality checks, so as not to overlook anything.

The test is in a couple of weeks, so we'll be transitioning to speed training as well. The test will be here before we know it, and after that, it's right on to SAWTA 4!

Watchmaking student at the Lititz Watch Technicum, formerly a radio and TV newswriter in Chicago.