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Students Build Timepieces

From Horology magazine, October, 1938

Students Build Timepieces

W. H. Samelius, director of the Elgin Watchmakers College believes that a student of horology should be able to design and make a complete timepiece, since such knowledge is an asset in performing everyday repair work.

Many students take advantage of the mechanical drawing classes which are conducted at the Elgin Watchmakers College to plan and build complete instruments, in addition to the regular course of horological study. A number of other students have used the experience and knowledge gained at the college to make some outstanding pieces long after leaving the school. 


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