Watch seminar for English speakers


Become a watchmaker in two days and build your own mechanical wrist watch! Experience the traditional handicraft in a two day hands-on watch seminar in Dresden and take home your self-assembled timepiece at the end of your seminar.

You are a group of 3-4 persons? Contact us and arrange your private hands-on watch seminar in Dresden:

Delivery time: 5-10 Werktage

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Product Description

The two-day watch seminar will take place every Saturday from 8.30 AM – 5.30 PM and Sunday from 8.30 AM – 5.30 PM at the watch workshop “Uhrenwerkstatt Dresden”. A maximum of only 4 attendees enable a relaxed working atmosphere and fast learning at professional watchmaker workplaces.

The following services are included in the total price:

  • Fully functional, mechanical wristwatch (2 types: pilot or navy)
  • Professional support by master watchmaker Max Rüttinger
  • Detailed seminar manual
  • Supply of tools and machines
  • Food and beverages during the seminar (lunch excl.)

The watch workshop Dresden is located in the green district of Rähnitz. The charming village character has been maintained thanks to the many preserved three-sided farms. With great attention to detail, Max Rüttinger has built up his workshop in one of these farms three years ago. Tradition and innovation are brought together in a unique symbiosis. Under the woodwork of a restored farmhouse, mechanical watches of any color are restored and repaired. He fabricates spare parts and new parts on site with his precision machines. His customers appreciate his professional consultancy and his sense for both human and mechanics. He has built up a reputation as a master watchmaker not only with his customers.

Master watchmaker Max Rüttinger starts his career in the Oberallgäu region. He finished his apprenticeship as a watchmaker on the second place of Bavaria. In the center of the watchmaker guild – in Villingen-Schwenningen – he completed his apprenticeship as a master watchmaker in 2011. His thirst for knowledge also emerges in his career. Glashütte Original, A. Lange & Söhne and NOMOS Glashütte are some of his most important stations. For three years he has been working at the Uhrenwerkstatt Dresden and has now looking back to 20 years of experience in the watch industry.

Seminar program

On the first day of the seminar, we reveal the secret of ticking mechanics in the theoretical part. Mechanical watches with manual winding consist of more than 100 small individual parts. Precise and calm work is required when disassembling the clockwork. Step by step you will get to know the necessary tools and steps. In the afternoon you start with the refinement of the clockworks. Personalize your clockwork with blued screws, practice the perlage of the base board and pallet bridge and test your dexterity when grinding the crown and ratchet wheel.

On the second day we dedicate ourselves together to the assembly of the clockwork step by step. Finally, you deal with the sheathing of the clockwork into the case and attach the dial and the wristbands. Final program point is the regulation of the clock on the timegrapher. Here we listen to the ticking of the clock and observe how time can be visualized and adjusted.

Manually wound watches

In the watch seminar you can choose from two seminar wristwatches. You have the choice to disassemble and re-assemble a pilot watch or a navy watch under professional guidance during the one-day watch seminar. The seminar watch is part of the seminar price.

  • Caliber: Manual winding clockwork Seagull ST3620 with shock protection, pallet-lever escapement, yoke winding mechanism, diameter 36.6 mm (16 1/2 lines), height 4.6mm, 17 stones, power reserve 36 h, works development based on the Unitas 6498-2 from the fifties.
  • Dial: Dial Prototype B – in use for pilot watches from 1941, large minute track 5-55 and small hour-scale 1-12, Logo “Zeitversteher”, title “self-made”
  • Case: Stainless steel (316L), diameter 42mm (without crown), bezel 45°, sapphire glass on the front, mineral glass on the back; pilot watch with polished case, marine watch with polished case;


The seminar will be paid by invoice, which you receive six weeks before the seminar. The seminar fee is payable up to 14 working days before the start of the seminar.

Tips for your travel planning:

Visit Max Rüttinger on the website of Uhrenwerkstatt Dresden and watch first impressions of Dresden and the watch workshop on the following link to the YouTube video. Plan your arrival with Google Maps or use the timetable information of the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe:

  • By car: Bauernweg 12, 01109 Dresden (free parking possible, 20 minutes driving time to the inner city).
  • By public transport from the main station (total duration: 45 minutes): tram line 8 (Straßenbahn Linie 8) in direction „Hellerau“ to the terminus Kiefernweg. Follow the Vorerlenweg until the end, then turn left into the Bauernweg, then continue to the „Autoservice 1A Menzel” (about 8 minutes walk)

The family-run Pension Rähnitz is our tip for your accomodation and only a 3-minute walk from the Uhrenwerkstatt. An ideal starting point for your visit to Dresden after the seminar, as well as excursions to the castle Moritzburg or the nearby beer city Radeberg.

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