Why This Seminar?

The Watch Fundamentals Seminar is a must for anyone getting started in the watch industry, whether you're involved in retail, purchasing, or appraising. You will gain an understanding of the basics of how watches work and what to look for when evaluating them. The seminar covers timepiece fundamentals including naming the components of a watch, understanding their functions, and identifying different types of watches.

If you want to be more informed and effective in your role in the watch industry, this seminar is essential.

How It Works

  • Participants will have three months from the start of their seminar to access the content. The lessons are in multimedia format consisting primarily of images, photographs, animations, video, narration, and text-based content.

  • A link to Frequently Asked Questions is provided as a resource in Blackboard.

  • Upon completion of the lessons in Blackboard, students will receive a Letter of Attendance for their participation in the seminar.


Basics of watches including:

  • History

  • Language of watchmaking

  • Types/styles/designs

  • Technology

  • Materials

  • Market

  • Complications

Topic of Interest
Ways to Learn
Self-Paced Online
$250 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount)
Suggested for
Retail jewelry/watch sales associates, appraisers, buyers, pawnbrokers and watch enthusiasts
How to Register
Click on the Register Now button and create an account on the GIA Alumni Collective Community