Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity

Time is ticking by without a second thought and we are fast approaching the end of 2014, so why not book onto the next Understanding Watches course which is taking place at Assay Office Birmingham on Wednesday 17th September 2014.

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We have a few spaces still available.  The cost of the course cost of £195 + VAT. Peter Tales is the tutor for this course.   Following a successful career with the Signet Group, managing their watch and jewellery repair business he created Horology Consulting in 2010. Originally trained as a jewellery designer, Peter has also worked for Seiko UK, and learned his watchmaking skills with an independent Omega service agency. With many years experience in retailing and repair services, Peter’s expertise also includes business management, staff training and development, and performance measurement and analysis. As well as running Horology Consulting, Peter is a Senior Examiner at the British Horological Institute.


Understanding Watches is a hands-on course that is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience around watches. The one day course will provide an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches whilst helping to improve self-confidence in selling or assessing a watch. The course gives each delegate a chance to handle and study watches closely, and disassemble items using standard basic tools. It will teach basic practical skills, which will enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs.

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The course also allows attendees to see behind the scenes action of the Hallmarking operation which is not open to the general public and to view the historic surroundings of Assay Office Birmingham before we move to our new building next year. You can download a course guide and booking form by clicking on the following link below; To book a place on the Understanding Watches course, please call us on 0121 262 1024 or email We look forward to welcoming you soon.




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