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Costs of the Atmos Course

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Mike's Clock Clinic 1600 Maryland Avenue Myrtle Point, OR 97458-1508 In continuous horological service since 04/01/82 E-mail address: MCC's Web site is located at
COSTS of my ATMOS OVERHAUL BENCH COURSE The cost of my 2-day course is relatively fixed. Considering a general airfare price of $300.00, a general meeting place price of $125.00 per day, and a general hotel price of $75.00 per day, I have broken down your group's costs relative to those numbers. Please keep in mind that any place with good lighting and adequate facilities such as tables, chairs, overhead projector, and screen can be used. Please make sure that this location can be locked, so that we can leave everything there overnight for the second or third day. This will reduce your overall costs if this can be provided by your local meeting place or someone's house. Another possibility is for me staying with one of the participants and eliminating the hotel costs. As long as I have my own room, TV, and bed, then I'll be content. Another consideration is that I smoke cigarettes and will smoke outside if necessary but I will smoke. AWCI had a bench course in the Repair of the Atmos Clock which I have taken in 1990. That course costs were based on a per student fee for the 2-day course. My course is much more complete and I have a 16 student limit and the course I took had a limit of 8 students. So your savings could be significant because I do not charge on a per student basis. I charge $500.00 per day plus air and hotel (or at a participant's house). Also I have the capability of doing a third day on the 540 caliber for an additional $500.00 which AWCI did NOT offer. Participants must meet my skill requirements and must provide an Atmos of the appropriate caliber. These skills, for the Clockmaker, are the knowledge and skills required in order to completely disassemble and properly assemble a "carriage" type clock with a platform escapement. Or the knowledge and skills to completely disassemble and properly assemble a pocket watch. Any watchmaker, with the knowledge and skills in order to completely disassemble and assemble a mechanical watch, may also take this course. If a student comes to the class that is obviously not qualified to work on the Atmos, then I'll be forced to ask them to leave or sit quietly. The reasoning here is because this two or three day course cannot provide introductory lessons for the beginner and each and every student would suffer and I doubt that we will be able to cover the overhaul in it's entirety. You must bring one Atmos clock of the appropriate caliber. For the two day course any LeCoultre Atmos with a caliber # of 532 or less is required. This translates to a serial # of 599,999 or lower. For the third day, any LeCoultre Atmos clock with a caliber # of 540 or higher is required. This translates to a serial # of 600,000 or higher. This clock does not have to be working, but must be as complete as possible with all the parts you have even if they are not installed.

Item Two days Three days
Air fare $ 300.00 $ 300.00
Fees 1,000.00 1,500.00
Meeting place 250.00 375.00
Hotel 225.00 300.00
Total $1,775.00 $2,475.00

I know that my course is the most complete and covers areas like replacing the old soldered type of bellows. As far as I know I'm the only one offering a course on the caliber 540, which began production in 1983 and still continues today. For the airfare, I'd need at least 3 weeks notice and at least the airfare money advanced to me in order to pay for the trip. To further reduce your overall costs, I'll fly the cheapest way as long as I arrived within 4 hours from the time I take off. All other expenses, like the hotel and Instructor's fees should be paid at that time but I'm willing to wait until I arrive and someone locally can pay for the hotel and I must be paid for the Instructor's fees the day I land at your location. Parts and tools are available and please see this page for details. Please see for all of the particulars. Respectfully, Michael P. Murray A specialist in Atmos and 400-day clock repair. Also, I overhaul most plug in electric clocks. In continuous service since 04/01/1982. Mike's Clock Clinic Memberships: NAWCC My Web site is located at Main FTP site is located at Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC N.A.W.C.C. International 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 Published in Chapter 168's "Torsion Times" Formally AWCI's 400-day (Anniversary) clock Bench Course Instructor!

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