Learning from books and manuals can be confusing and frustrating. It can be difficult trying to recall what you previously learned in a class. That is why I have created these video courses for you. Even though I have learned from many books and manuals, nothing beats someone showing and telling. For over the last 15 years people from all over the world have been learning from my video courses. You can learn to repair antique clocks and watches.
My interest in clocks, watches and antiques started 25+ years ago. Since then I have
accumulated a wide variety of antique clocks and watches.
Most of the clocks and watches I bought needed some work, or did not work at all. That is where I came in - to learn to fix them all!
I still continue to buy, sell, repair, and collect many antique clocks and watches.
For most parts of the U.S., and outside of the U.S., there are very limited resources to learn clock and watch repair. These videos are for those people who have some or no access to antique clock and watch repair and restoration training.
The free online
clock repair and watch repair courses
This course enrollment is the
light version of the course “Clock Repair 1 and 2”.
You will be enrolled in “Clock Repair Basics”.
The full course “Clock Repair 1 and 2” consists of 4.5 hours
of training on video plus a course manual.
In this free light version you will receive the full 8 page
course outline in pdf format. You
can print or download the outline to your computer.
The course outline includes a glossary and diagrams.
Your “Clock Repair
Basics” course consists of 6 video modules along with a series of 8
emails which will have content teaching you various clock repair topics.
There will be links to the videos from the emails.
The email content along with the videos is what you are receiving
for this course. The videos
total approximately 30+ minutes of instruction.
This is an 11 day course.
This course enrollment is the
light version of courses “Introduction to Watch Repair” and “The
Watch Repair Course”. The
course in this enrollment is called “Watch Repair Basics”.
The full courses “Introduction to Watch Repair” and “The
Watch Repair Course” consists of 5.5 hours of training on video plus a
course manual. In this free
light version you will receive the 19 page full course outline in pdf
format. You can print or
download the outline to your computer.
Your “Watch Repair
Basics” course will consist of 6 video modules along with a series of
8 emails which will have content teaching you various watch repair
topics. There will be links
to the videos from the emails. The
email content along with the videos is what you will receive for this
course. The videos total
approximately 30+ minutes of instruction.
This is an 11 day course.
The British Horological Institute
Dear John, I am enjoying my recent purchase of your new programs. I can now fully enjoy my hobby of antique clock collecting and completing simple repairs. Having taught Forensic Science Chemistry and Serology on the college level, I want to commend Tick Tock Productions (John) on the sequential presentation, clarity, depth, and professional manner of the presented material. I look forward to future programs to be offered. I will HIGHLY RECOMMEND the programs to the local members of my local chapter members and friends. Sincerely, Robert - NAWCC #0040542.
"I have to tell you I received the beginner course the other day and watched it. You are a genius! I was impressed with the way you taught the course. You kept me interested through the whole course. I never got bored. The information was well taught and I have already taken my first clock apart and back together with great success. I am new to this hobby and you have done it a great justice by teaching these skills that are being lost.I will be buying the other courses as time goes on.The smartest money I have ever spent. Thanks," Craig from CT.
"I hope this message finds its way to John as I really want to thank him for inspiring me to proceed with Horology. He is the ONLY instructor out there doing this. His promotion of this profession is second to none. I have purchased most of his DVD's and will be purchasing the lathe series next. I have fixed several clocks now and have grown in confidence all the more. John, keep doing what you are doing. I wish you had a newsletter I could subscribe to. Also, will new DVD's be out soon. Thanks." Jeff from U.S.A.
"I am really learning a great deal from the John's work. I retired from teaching history and have too much time on my hands-no pun intended. Recently took a course at NAWCC - I live near Hershey PA near to NAWCC Headquarters and have been developing an interest in horology.
"John's instruction is great and quite a bargain considering the extent to which he covers watch maintenance and repair. In a short time I have acquired many tools, watches and an ultrasonic. Now, I guess, its a matter of study and developing skills. As I said the videos are helping quite a lot. I'm very glad that I found them. Please thank John for me because I really appreciate the time and effort it took to produce them." Bill from U.S.A.
"So far the course is great. I had taken a course many years ago from "The School of Clock Repair", and the DVDs show a lot that I had missed. I am looking forward to finishing the courses and starting my new "retirement" vocation." Dennis from IL.
"John - A few months back I rescued an old clock, (Ansonia Linscott) from the trash and thought to myself, golly, I wonder if I could fix that.
I watched your first video and I was hooked. What a wonderful job you have done. I got the thing running and now have taken apart my second antique clock, and as I just began watching your Advanced Clock Repair, I just went whole- hog and ordered a Sherline lathe.
That's how much of an influence your video series has been on me. You have really changed my life.
Thanks for a job well done my friend! Best to you in 2016." Rich CA. U.S.A.
"I am a new student of your Clock Repair 1 & 2 training course - I'm very pleased with the level of detail covered in the training." Terry from U.S.A.
"I meant to write earlier but with one thing and another...
I enjoyed your DVD course enormously and thought I would let you know that I got all my clocks cleaned up and running again. They are all ticking away and I have managed to adjust them to keep pretty much perfect time. Your presentation on the DVDs was clear, concise and relevant to all the cleaning and repairs I needed to do. Thank you so much for leading me to my favourite new hobby! All I have to do now is to find some more clocks to fix." Best Wishes, Peter from London.
"After recently buying the first DVD set I just wanted to say how great this beginner course has been, just what I was looking for. Thanks for a great start into a possible new career." David from UK.
"Thank you John. As far as I can tell you have the best, most easy to follow clock repair series I have seen and is worth every penny you charge. I can tell you enjoy helping people, I am the same way. I am a computer network engineer by trade and I'm in the business of helping folks out. I love what I do and besides, it's what God lead me to do (if you are spiritual). I can't tell you how much I love old clocks and how much I love to work with my hands. I am a very mechanical type of guy, always have been since I was a kid. Last night I bought an Ultrasonic Cleaning machine as I can use that for multiple things in the shop. ( I also build vintage Corvettes) , and I ordered a new Sherline lathe as well. My main use will be for clock work but it will also be nice to have for other things in the shop. My 11 year old has a big interest in making things as well so we decided he will make a hammer when the lathe arrives! I think at this point the only tool I will be needing is a Bergeon bushing tool as far as the higher cost stuff goes. I already had most of the small hand tools in my overstuffed Snap On box. My wife just shakes her head LOL…
Okay John, sorry for being long winded but I do love talking shop. I hope to meet you in person someday and of course if you find yourself coming to Nashville, please call and dinner is on me…."
JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS TIME TO THANK YOU FOR A GREAT PURCHASE
ON CLOCK REPAIR FOR BEGINNERS 1/2.
I'M A NOVICE ON CLOCKS AND FOUND YOUR DVDS VERY EDUCATIONAL
AND A LOT EASIER TO UNDERSTAND WHILST WATCHING A PRO DO IT.
MOST OF THE REPAIRS I'VE DONE ON CLOCK MOVEMENTS HAS BEEN BY BOOKS.
AND A LOT OF TRIAL AND ERROR TILL I GOT IT RIGHT.
I WAS THAT IMPRESSED WITH THE FIRST PURCHASE I HAD TO ORDER THE DVDS ON CLOCK CASE RESTORATIONS. I KNOW THE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE I GET ON THIS SUBJECT THE MORE I WILL PURCHASING YOUR GREAT DVDS .
SO ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU ARE DOING.
REGARDS," GARY from Australia
" I have purchased every set of Mr. Tope's Clock Training, Advanced Training, Wooden Movement repair, Lathe Operations and Case Restoration and Repair. Some purchased a while ago; some in 2008. I have recently retired full time and started to utilize the DVD's. As far as I am concerned, THEY ARE THE BEST ON THE MARKET FROM EVERY ASPECT." Robert from CT.
"I recently bought your watch making course, and your watchmakers lathe courses (Basics and Projects). I've enjoyed the first two enormously, I haven't made a start on the third yet. I had already been studying from books and experimenting by myself for a couple of months before I got your videos, but I was really feeling the need to compare notes with another live human being, unfortunately I was unable to find any clubs etc in my area. Your videos come close to being a substitute. I particularly enjoyed that the videos were not too heavily edited: if something went wrong you described the recovery then carried on. This is very reassuring because it means I needn't feel like an idiot when something goes wrong for me as well. I haven't said much about the lathe courses, but I found your segment on disassembling, cleaning and maintenance of the headstock particularly valuable. Where else can I find this info? I really have no idea. All of my lathe books describe operation and accessories etc, none describe maintenance (except one book which suggests sending it back to the mfr for servicing. Hah!). I had no idea that the headstock even needed oiling until I watched your video! In short, please keep 'em coming!" Don from U.S.A.
"I have been watching your clock repair videos with absolute awe and wonder. I have watched the first in the series, Clock Repair 1 & 2. Perfect. I've watched the second in the series. Wonderful. You don't know how much a godsend you are. My dear Father had a clock that he loved and played with. My last memory of him is doing something with a nail on his jewelers lathe to fix his clock. There were 17 ruined nails in a pile...When he died, the clock was working, but it wasn't totally reassembled. That was 4 years ago. Thanks to you, and your instruction, I will hopefully be able to fix his clock. I have his jewelers lathe, the parts and pieces, the calipers and a lot of the tools of which you speak. Do you know what my dad could have done with your video instruction? It boggles the mind because I do think he was doing things the hard way. Thank you." Margaret from U.S.A.
"I have purchased your first two courses and finished course one. It was terrific and I am working on a couple of clocks now." Rodger from U.S.A.
"I've been able to disassemble and reassemble the works several times. I'm truly impressed with your videos since I have no previous experience in clock repair." Bob from U.S.A.
Just wanted you to know that I just got through watching the DVD's on clock case restoration. What a wealth of information!! I really appreciate all the information. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated these videos. Thanks again!" Cindy from Kansas.
"Thanks for another superb clock course!" Joe from U.S.A.
"Dear John, I very recently bought your lathe basics course and must congratulate you on the quality; I'm really enjoying the course and am looking forward to being able to advance to the intermediate course. Many thanks in advance for your assistance and for your inspiring course material (you make it look too easy!)" Mark from U.K.
"Excellent training. Very detailed with excellent filming to give hands on experience. I couldn't be more pleased with the set of 4 DVDs. John knows how to get down to the details that are required to properly repair clocks. He also teaches many of those important items learned through experience that are not in the books. So very professional with extremely clear visuals and verbal explanations. Like working beside John as he goes through his teaching." Frank from U.S.A.
"Started watching and could not stop - great material delivered very timely. Frank from FL.
"I ordered your Clock Repair 1 and 2, and was very impressed with the video. It has proven to be very helpful. I just placed an order for your Advanced Clock Repair. Looking forward to watching your Advanced clock repair." Neil from U.S.A.
"Wanted to let you know I received your course yesterday -- thanks for the fast shipping. I am enjoying the course immensely so far!" Robb from FL
"Good production, lighting and close up work well though out. John Tope is knowledgeable and articulate. Clock Repair 1 and 2 was well done, quite informative, and very well lighted. Close ups are sharp and well thought out. Dialog is kept simple and direct to the subject. Too many teachers love to hear themselves talk. I like John's minimizing the need for expensive tools if it can be done more economically." Ralph from U.S.A.
"Thanks John, it arrived Dec 24th. Christmas present
for my 12 yr old son who is seriously getting into clock repair and has
practically worn out the first "Intro" set of DVDs. Please tell John how
much we enjoy the material, it's been a great help." Chris from U.S.A.
"Just a line to say that the Clock Restoration Course arrived yesterday and from what we have seen so far, another winner. Thank you so much for the brilliant service." Margaret from U.K.
"Hey John, Just wanted to tell you that I finished watching the DVDs, and feel like you taught me a lot about clock repair. I am glad you went through TOTAL dismantling and reassembling of a movement. My wife got me into it. Her father was really good at fixing old clocks. He learned from his father. So we decided to buy him a Gilbert clock as a present, and I was winding it, and the mainspring broke. I was going to give him a clock and a project (which he would like). None of his 5 kids are really interested in clock repair. This past Christmas he and I started talking about clocks. When my wife and I decided to get him the clock. I started getting excited about clock repair. He was going to start teaching me about how to fix clocks. We talked a lot on the phone, and he did teach me a little. Unfortunately, both he and my mother in law were killed in an auto accident the day before his birthday just a few weeks back. After awhile, I decided to try to learn enough about clocks to repair that Gilbert we had gotten for him. I feel it's something I want to do for him. He had previously given us a clock and given clocks to all of his other children. Now the family is kinda looking to me to learn enough to keep them all running. I just thought you might want to know that your courses on repair have given me the confidence to say, "I think I can do it!!" Thanks a bunch!!" Chris from U.S.A.
"Loved your advanced course and plan to order the pro course today! Thanks." Randy from PA
"Very clear, thorough treatment. Good photography--I appreciated the close-ups." Christopher from U.S.A.
"John: I have received the educational video/info and am impressed by all the practical and helpful information. Thank you for taking the time to produce this very practical, beneficial information!" D.W. from IL
"I enjoyed your quality DVD Clock Repair 1&2 course that I bought from you in February 2004 and look forward to the next one I just purchased. Great Job! Thanks!" Mike from U.S.A.
"I want to thank you for the video course I received, finally something I can relate to, easy to understand and you are not pushing the student to buy expensive equipment's and tools. I am a French speaking guy who understand English but not with those 3 foots technical words that some writer use.. Your video are very explicit and easy to understand….. thank you thank you thank you.. I will buy the other course next week through your web site." Daniel from Canada
"I finished watching the DVDs you sent last week I have started watching them again - all four sets. I appreciate the level of instruction you provide. Your instructions are very clear. Thank you again." Robert from, GA
"Great Video. Very informative. Good descriptions and camera work. A great intro for a complete beginner (me)." Michael from U.S.A.
"I received your DVD course last week and wanted to send along a brief message to let you know that I am thoroughly pleased with the quality and with the wealth of knowledge contained therein. Your instructions are clearly presented, with no short-cuts, and at a pace that a beginner like myself can appreciate. I'm glad I found your website! Thank you for this excellent instructional video, John! I look forward to continuing my home education using your courses!" Jay from, CA
"Mr. Tope. The clock repair program has helped me a lot, and I want to thank you." Shelby from U.S.A.
"An excellent intro video to clock repair. John's open and down to earth style of presentation make you feel like not are you learning but also right there and his best friend and assistant. John opens the door to a new world of challenges for the beginner without over-whelming the viewer. As a "newby" myself, His detail is sufficient to allow you to understand the breakout on a clock but yet realize that clock repair is either something you have an aptitude for or not." Mark from U.S.A.
I got the clock courses and I'm thrilled! I had previously gotten the basic course in 2006 and loved it. I know that eventually I'll end up with all of them.
I followed up with positive feedback on all of them for you. I know I'll be back!
Have a great day. Thank you again for making this very valuable information affordable and so detailed. It is a tremendous help when trying to maintain my clock collection." Valerie from U.S.A.
"I've watched your first DVD set "Clock Repair 1 & 2" several times and must say I have completely enjoyed them. I've also ordered the next series of DVDs to complement my collection and will, no doubt, be adding the final set at some point in the future. Once again, thanks for the GREAT videos and I'm looking forward to receiving my next set." Bob from MO
"Thank you so much for the wonderful course on clock repair. The production was wonderful and I should know because I work as the Creative Services Director for a television station. I have always wanted to learn clock repair and I have you to thank for starting me on this exciting and fun journey. As soon as I gain a little more experience on repairing clocks I am going to order you next two courses. I really did find them fascinating. Thanks again for a GREAT course and sharing your clock restoration secrets." Dennis from U.S.A.
"I purchased your Clock Repair 1 & 2 about 6 months ago... I have really learned so much. I am on my second time viewing and each time I see something I didn't see or understand from the first viewing. Great Job! Thanks, John! It's a pleasure learning from you!" Jean from U.S.A. "P.S. I just recently joined the NAWCC because of your involvement. Just to let you know!"
"I am finding your clock courses FANTASTIC!!!! Thank you very much." Gary from U.S.A.
"Excellent repair course. (Clock Repair 1 and 2) Easy enough for the beginner to understand yet thorough enough to move one further up the ladder of experience. I highly recommend it.This part of the four part set of training DVD's was a continuation of well produced, real life examples and solutions to professionally repair the mechanical movements of the older clocks. I short, four excellent training DVD's.
"This was the final DVD of the 4 DVD set on Professional Clock Repair. It was just as full of interesting information as the first DVD's. John Tope produces the finest clock repair DVD's I have ever viewed. These are the type of training DVD's that one can review over and over and still learn something new with each viewing." Jake from GA.
"I received the DVDs today and was nicely surprised with the presentation and overall quality of the product. I expect to purchase more as I work through them." Chuck from U.S.A.
"Thought the clock works DVD was very well done and a wealth of information. I hope to get the next set of clock repair DVD soon. Thanks Patrick" Patrick from U.S.A.
"Clock repair is almost a lost trade there is not that many clock repair tradesmen doing it any more mostly because a lot of old-time clock repair men have passed away or they are to old and cannot continue doing repairs. Times have changed and we live in a throwaway world where you buy a new clock and if it stops running you just throw it away and buy new one. There is still a lot of clocks out there that people want to have repaired this is why we have to keep this trade going. This is my first time watching a course on clock repair. I am glad that John has made these courses to get a new generation of clock repair people interested again in the trade. John tope has done a good job with this advanced course. This course on Advanced clock repair has good techniques and gives you step-by-step procedures on repairs. This course is for someone that has already some knowledge of clock repair, you must already know how to completely take apart and reassemble a clock before going through this course. I recommend it and if you already know how to do some of the repairs on this course it is always a good opportunity to watch a other clock repair person to get their techniques to make you more knowledgeable for repairs. I look forward to watching his other clock courses." William from U.S.A.
"As starting out in clock repair, I recently purchased you Clock Repair 1 & 2 and thought it was great! I repaired my first movement and it actually worked!" Russell from U.S.A.
"Another great repair course by John Tope. The Wooden Movement Clock repair course - all four DVD's - took away all of the worry, for me, regarding these old wood movements. Another professional production by John filled with useful tips, troubleshooting and repair information." Jake from GA.
"I've watched 2 tapes the first night. Can't wait to get started! I have three Terry type movements now in various states of repair. Now I have a much better insight on the movements. Until now I have found very little on the repair of these WW movements." Mark from U.S.A.
"Congratulations on an outstanding job of training. I bought 2 courses and I can tell you that I thought they were better than any suitcase class I have ever had at the NAWCC. Great job! It was worth the money!" Art from WA.
"I cannot thank you enough for the great videos you produce. The wealth of knowledge has saved me a hundred times what I would have had to fork out to a professional clock repairman. Explained in layman's terms your videos are easy to follow with countless money saving tips on tools, books, etc. I am simply amazed that someone like myself with limited mechanical knowledge, but a sincere desire to learn, can actually repair clocks 80+ years old following your step-by-step procedure." Eric from Japan.
"WEALTH of information!!! Excellent video!!!! Thank you John!!!!!!!" Kathy from U.S.A.
"I received the tapes for Clock Repair 1 and 2. I have viewed them both with great interest. Thank you VERY MUCH for taking the time to put together such a thoughtfully presented, detailed and non-condescending video course. I plan to watch them again!" Joe from California.
"Exactly What I was looking for. Many thanks." Randall from Concord, CA
"I just wanted to let you know I just finally had time to watch your video. It was EXCELLENT!! It was very down to earth and easy to follow!! I will be ordering the advanced video soon." Peggy from U.S.A.
"Excellent tape on Clock Repair. Thanks." Al from Southampton, MA
"I received the clock repair program and it is very detailed and informative...I like the videos and the manual is an excellent supplement...I'm going to perform surgery on several of my time pieces and keep them maintained successfully!!!" Sharlyne from Tallahassee, FL
"The videos are fantastic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." William from U.S.A.
"Your instruction is by far the most descriptive and easy to understand! No other instructor has anything on you for quality of instruction on tape format! Others are overviews....covering a lot in one lesson, but little detail or questions answered." Katie from Meridian, ID
"Great stuff you can learn from these tapes. I will buy from you again. Thanks John." Greg from U.S.A.
"John, first let me say "THANK YOU" for your videos. I was a bit apprehensive about spending the money for all 3 courses, but I am simply delighted that I did. I have already gone through the first 2 courses and have found myself replaying particular parts over again to get the specifics down correctly. Well done thanks!" John from ME.
"Amazing product! Highly instructive and detailed! Thanks!" Stephane from Quebec, Canada
"Great video's. I really like your product. After viewing "Clock Repair 1 & 2, I have disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt 7 movements with little trouble. Really got me off to a good start fixing clocks." Greg from Cincinnati, OH
"FANTASTIC HOME CLOCK REPAIR PROGRAM. THANKS A BUNCH!" Debra from U.S.A.
"EXTREMELY DETAILED. VERY IMPRESSED." Tim from St. Paul, MN
"Thanks for the great video...we're only 1 1/2 hours into it...very organized, thought out layout. Some great time savings hints. Hope to get the advanced course soon." Kathryn from Kaukauna, WI
"I have your first basic set of tapes and find them very, very good. Thanks." Dan from Stuart, FL
"I must congratulate you on the very fine photography--I know it is difficult to get close up shots so clear, and there is no "wiggle" whatsoever. Thanks again!" Roger from Bakersfield, CA
"I am very pleased with the Advanced Clock Repair tapes I bought." Roger from Aurora, CO
"Video exactly as described. Recommend to all!!" Linda from Kenosha, WI
"Great videos and learning a lot. Thank you." Joseph from Bossier City, LA
"Thank you very much for making the tapes, they are very helpful. I watch them over and over again and get something helpful every time." Gordon from Piedmont, SC
I would like to thank you for those wonderful instructional DVD's about clock repair. I believe no class could have explained and demonstrated things better than your DVD's. They are very helpful and educating." Thomas from U.S.A.
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