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The Atmos Instructor's Charges for the LeCoultre Atmos Clock.

Copyright © 1998-2017 Michael P. Murray & Mike's Clock Clinic Mike's Clock Clinic Membership: NAWCC 1600 Maryland Avenue Myrtle Point, OR 97458-1508 Phone: 541-559-1090, or 877-286-6762 (Toll Free) E-mail address: Mike@atmosclock.us My Web site is located at http://www.atmosclock.us/ Main FTP site is located at http://home.earthlink.net/~atmosman/earthftp.html

No longer teaching and have no alternatives.
I still overhaul your Atmos clock and that link is Atmos Clock Repair

Course Information on all Calibers of the LeCoultre Atmos
Introduction and Detail
You can view an outline of this course and a cost breakdown for the course. I make my living overhauling the Atmos and 400-day or Anniversary clocks from all over North America and Europe and I'm an Atmos overhaul Instructor. Many students travel to my shop in Myrtle Point and take the course one on one. As a matter of fact most times my course is taught to an individual rather than a group. I will travel to anyplace within 1,250 miles of my Clinic because I dislike plane travel. I will instruct any person or group of up to 16 students in the complexities and my overhaul techniques in servicing the Atmos. Students must be fluent in the English language. I require that all my travel, lodging expenses and my $500.00 Instructor's fee per day, must be pre-paid by the students. The Instructor's fee for the 2-day course is $1,000.00 and for the 3-day course $1,500.00 because the "course" takes 2 or 3 days of at least 10 hours per day including breaks and lunches. The students must provide their own or a customer's Atmos with a serial # of under 600,000. Serial numbers of over 600,000 comprise the Atmos caliber # 540 and that is a different beast and cannot be covered along with all other Atmos calibers which are the Atmos II, 519, 522, 526, 528, 529, & 532. If you want to add a third day, then I'll be glad to include the Atmos caliber # 540 which LeCoultre started producing in 1983 and is currently still in production. If you are already proficient in the 528/526 and earlier calibers, then I'd be glad to provide a one day course in the overhaul of the 540 caliber. Because of a 1-day course, I'll need 2-days of compensation or $1,000.00 because of the disruption to my normal schedule. If I can drive to your location or you or your group can come to Gardena then the normal fee of $500.00 is all that's required. If you'd like to include the Anniversary Overhaul Repair Course then please add 2 days to the total course fees and expenses. Please see the above link for more details. All course material is copyrighted. All course material will be given to the individual students at the time they take the course and not before. All courses are strictly a movement overhaul course and any case, dial, or hand restoration will NOT be covered. All parts must be paid for by the students whether or not they are supplied by myself or purchased before the course. I'm charging exactly what my customers are charged for any needed part. But this does not mean a "basket" case is acceptable for training. If I deem that your Atmos needs too many parts, then I will substitute one of my own for you to work on and that clock will not be allowed to leave under any circumstances. All information about part procurement can be obtained at: http://www.atmosclock.us/future.html I have rewritten the LeCoultre Repair Notes to include many steps that are not provided in these notes. My step by step Notes are now much more clear and include steps that I have discovered overhauling over 3,000 of these movements. If you, or your group, are considering coming to Gardena for this or any other class, you are most welcome to come. But due to the size of my facility, I can only handle four or less students at any one time. Instructor fees remain the same at $500.00 per day and all your travel, meals, and lodging must be handled by the students. Required Student Skills There are requirements for students taking this course. Each student MUST have the necessary skills prior to taking this course. 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 and that includes the platform. 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. Class Facilities Needed Where ever we meet, there must be a class room like facility, an overhead projector and screen, a blackboard and chalk or a free standing drawing pad and writhing implements, chairs and tables, source for electricity and good lighting. This can be anywhere and even in someone's home. Class facilities must be provided by the students. Tool List that the students must bring to the class. A copy of the Atmos Repair Notes which is available from most major clock part suppliers. Please read it prior to coming to the class. I'll have a supply of these notes and overheads from those notes. Tools: (It should be noted that I don't expect you to bring everything listed here but please make your best effort to bring as many as you possibly can). It is strongly recommended that an Atmos tool set be purchased and TimeSavers sells a complete set, which is part # 23781. If you are trying to get by with the minimum of speciality tools, then at the very least please purchase the following: The hand remover, part # 23919 The movement holder, part # 23920 or its equivalent as mentioned below The balance tube bender, part # 23921 TimeSavers, Inc. (Steven Berger) 7745 East Redfield Road # 500 P. O. Box # 12700 Scottsdale, AZ 85267 Phone: 480-483-3711 or Fax 480-483-6116 E-mail address: clocks@timesavers.com Web site address: http://www.timesavers.com/ A clock supplies material house. Specific Tools 1/100th second, hand timer or an electronic timer that reads BPH to at least two places after the decimal point or greater. 2 tweezers or more (any combination of # 3, # 5, # AA, or # MM) 2.5 mm flat blade screwdriver (either a # 6 or # 7 and bring several) 6 mm flat blade screwdriver (either a # 2 or # 3 and bring several) 5 sided cutting broach and smoothing broaches 8 mm or 5/16" box or open-ended wrench and corresponding sockets 6´ extension cord and one electric strip with at least a 4 plugs 4/0 emery paper 3/0 synthetic steel wool or ultra fine Sanding Sponge Atmos balance posing tool Atmos minute hand remover (You may use thin clock pry bars with a negative film strip) Atmos movement holder, or a Bulova electric watch movement holder, or a Bulova Universal Movement holder # 300 Brass hammer and nylon hammer Bench lamp Crow's foot Demagnetizer or Weller soldering gun for the same purpose Ear Syringe or other air blowing source Large thin clock pry bars (Bergeon # 30011) Loupe or other work magnifier Pegwood & toothpicks Penetrating oil Pithwood Portable bench riser of at least 8" x 12" x 6" high Portable bench vise Regular and needle-nosed pliers and bring several Shellac (Flake or liquid) Small smooth jaw parallel pliers and bring several Staking set (clock or watchmakers set). The watchmakers set is preferred. (Bring both if you can) Surgeon-type or cloth gloves Svelte or Shammy cloth Any of your own bench hand tools Any Atmos specific tools that you may have accumulated and most Atmos tools are available from TimeSavers. If the course is three students or under then we can share all my tools but try to bring as much of the above as possible. Return to Index
Purchasing the Course Material ONLY
Your opportunity to purchase the course does NOT preclude the need for purchaser (student) to be a competent horologist. This means that in order to quality for the 30 days of E-mail help from me you must have the necessary skills in order to work on the Atmos. In other words, if you are a complete novice and purchase the course, then you will be on your own. As soon as I determine that you do not have the experience to work on the Atmos, then all E-mail help will stop and there is no chance what-so-ever for any type of refund on the $500.00 paid. In light of the above paragraph, I'm going to repeat the "student requirements" again. A novice can still purchase the course but don't expect any help from yours truly. Required Student Skills There are requirements for students taking this course. Each student MUST have the necessary skills prior to taking this course. 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 and that includes the platform. 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. Costs and Potential E-mail Help If you want to purchase the course material only, then the cost is $500.00 including shipping via electronic delivery (E-mail as attachments). You would get both the standard 528/526 course and the 540 course and all the supplemental documents. I'll be available to help with any problems you may encounter for only 30 days (more on that in the next paragraph) and the material is copyrighted and only for your personal use. I take no responsibility or liability for anything positive or negative that may occur once you purchase the course. PLEASE be aware that many techniques that are in the course materials are stated as "to be demonstrated" and that will NOT occur if you purchase the course. I will make myself available for 30 days after the course is E-mailed to you. During that time I will answer all E-mails pertaining to your taking the course. I'll try an answer all your questions and guide you through the techniques BUT realize that my patience does and will have limits and if I determine that we are just practicing an exercise in futility, then E-mail help will terminate and all help will terminate. DO NOT phone me because that kind of help will NOT be provided. Once the 30 day period is over you will be completely on your own. All sales of the E-mailed course are final with no possibility of a refund under any circumstances. It is strongly recommended that an Atmos tool set be purchased and TimeSavers sells a complete set, which is part # 23781. If you are trying to get by with the minimum of speciality tools, then at the very least please purchase the following: The hand remover, part # 23919 The movement holder, part # 23920 or its equivalent as mentioned below The balance tube bender, part # 23921 TimeSavers, Inc. (Steven Berger) 7745 East Redfield Road # 500 P. O. Box # 12700 Scottsdale, AZ 85267 Phone: 480-483-3711 or Fax 480-483-6116 E-mail address: clocks@timesavers.com Web site address: http://www.timesavers.com/ A clock supplies material house. The complete tool list is mentioned above in the Introduction and Detail Before you purchase the course, I STRONGLY suggest you purchase the original LeCoultre Repair Notes from TimeSavers. These are good quality photocopies at an extremely fair price. TimeSavers Atmos supplies. The part # is 15640. I would like payment by money order, certified check, personal check, business check, or through Pay Pal or Square, which is the only way I take credit cards. I do prefer a check over Pay Pal because Pay Pal takes 3% and over Square because they take 2.75%. I only take credit cards if you are in the USA or Canada. Either the 3% or the 2.75% are added to the total bill if you use a credit card. With Pay Pal you can pay me directly using "friends and family" where you absorb all fees and I'm paid the full amount. There would be nothing added amount to the final fill if you absorb all fees. Here you log on to Pay Pal and send me the full amount of my bill, so there is no E-voice coming from me with this method and you will be charged all Pay Pal fees on top of my final bill. With either Pay Pal or Square, I will send an invoice to your E-mail address. Here you are dealing directly with either service and not me. You do have to be a member of Pay Pal in order to issue a payment but you may use Square without any membership or additional Square fees but the 2.75% will be added to your total bill. For Pay Pal 3% is added. With Square, I can also take the credit card information which includes the number, expiration date and the last 3 or 4 #'s of the security code from the back of the card BUT that adds 3.5% to the final bill. I'd prefer to avoid this method but it is an option. All of the added fees are exactly what either service charges me for taking your credit card.
Return to Index A service from, E-mail address: Mike@atmosclock.us Mike Murray Founder of Clocksmiths 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: Clocksmiths & NAWCC 1600 Maryland Avenue Myrtle Point, OR 97458-1508 Phone: 541-559-1090, or 877-286-6762 (Toll Free)
My Web site is located at http://www.atmosclock.us/ Main FTP site is located at http://home.earthlink.net/~atmosman/earthftp.html Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC N.A.W.C.C. International 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 Published in Chapter 168's "Torsion Times" Published in AWCI's "Horological Times" Formally AWCI's 400-day (Anniversary) clock Bench Course Instructor!

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