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NAWCC Watch and Clock APPRAISAL COURSES
with Joe Cohen (FL) FNAWCC*

NAWCC Watch and Clock Appraisal Courses provide opportunities to learn about fundamentals of watch and clock appraising, basic research materials, and books needed for identification and research. Hands-on examples are discussed.

NAWCC Watch and Clock Appraisal Courses are held at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA. Class sizes are limited, so be sure to register early. These are intense courses that require evening reading, use of the NAWCC Library, and completion of research assignments. For more information, or to register, contact Katie Knaub (717) 684-8261, ext. 237 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) have initiated a joint program to streamline the process for appraisal accreditation in the specialty areas of clocks and watches. ISA members wishing to advance from the member level to the accredited level must demonstrate their chosen specialty field through an approved course of study or via an independent thesis project. The ISA offers approved courses as part of the process, but no clock or watch courses. This new partnership enables approval for graduates of both the NAWCC Clock and Watch Appraisal Courses.

Graduates of the NAWCC Clock and/or Watch Appraisal Courses may also attend the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies. Upon completion (and if all other requirements are met) graduates of both courses will be assigned to the accredited level. The combination of an enhanced understanding of timepieces and appraisal methodology will ensure that appraisals done for clocks and watches meet the highest standards within the industry.

The ISA Core Courses cover appraisal objectives, intended uses, market identification and analysis, research methods and skills, ethics, professional conduct, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and a detailed presentation of report formats and checklists. Information is available at the website www.isa-appraisers.org.

 

Clock Appraisal Course:
“Understanding the Fundamentals
of
Clocks for Valuation”
May 23-28, 2014

 

    

 

Watch Appraisal Course:
“Understanding the Fundamentals
of Watches for Valuation”

May 30- June 4, 2014

The NAWCC Clock Appraisal Course includes an overview of the evolution of clock types and appropriate terminology and establishes criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants learn clock examination techniques, what to photograph on a clock, and research tools and methods. They also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course includes a day of general overview on appraisal methodology, report writing, practices, and an overview of USPAP requirements taught by professional appraisal educator Leon Castner, International Society of Appraisers director of education.

The cost for the 5-1/2-day program is $1,000; the 4-1/2-day program (without the overview day described above) is $900. Both registrations include course books ($175 value) and handout material for those who register 90 days in advance. Those who register after 90 days will need to purchase course books. The NAWCC Museum and Library are available to participants. Laptop computers are required; rentals are available.

Previous students’ comments:

“There is no other clock course out there like this. I've been waiting for 10 years...It was great and definitely met my expectations...There were collectors, clock repair people and appraisers and we were all learning from each other...I’d definitely recommend this course to others.” —Katherine Yellen (Member ISA, AAA)

“The course is more than a basic introduction.  The info was presented well and Joe tried not to overwhelm us, but was really an introduction to a huge field...I found it very beneficial and it was a golden opportunity.” —Richard Rustico (Member ISA, ASA)

“In my business I work with antiques and need to do clock appraisals.  I’ve found this class to be indispensable for identification purposes...This course is one-of-a-kind.  If you want to appraise clocks, you've got to take the course.” —Donna Einhorn (Member ISA, ASA)

 

This 40-plus-hour class, combined with formal appraisal training, offers a unique opportunity to become a competent watch appraiser specialist.

The NAWCC Watch Course includes an overview of the evolution of watch types and appropriate terminology and establishes criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants learn watch examination techniques, what to photograph on a watch, and research tools and methods. They also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course includes a day of general overview on appraisal methodology, report writing, practices, and an overview of USPAP requirements taught by professional appraisal educator Leon Castner, International Society of Appraisers director of education.

The cost for the 5-1/2-day program is $1,000; the 4-1/2-day program (without the overview day described above) is $900. Both registrations include course books ($175 value) and handout material for those who register 90 days in advance. Those who register after 90 days will need to purchase course books. The NAWCC Museum and Library are available to participants. Laptop computers are required; rentals are available.

The course will cover the following areas:
• Identification process of cases, dials, materials, size, jewel count and type, movements, and complications
• Identification of watchmakers, manufacturers, trade names, models, and private label watches
• Understanding authenticity of case, dial, and movement
• Evaluating originality and condition of case, dial, and movement
• Understanding effect of repairs and restoration on value
• Understanding the eminence of maker
• Understanding uniqueness and rarity
• Requirements of provenance
• Understanding comparative analysis and valuing

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Learn fundamentals used and needed by appraisers, collectors, 
insurance adjusters, auctioneers, antique dealers, and museum professionals.


 

 

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