The Schaublin 70 Lathe


Aim of the course:

To give the participant a good basic understanding of machine-turning in general, and of how to get the most out of this highly versatile machine. 


Program (may be modified at any time):

The program is flexible, since a great deal depends on the level of each participant. Those who complete the essential aspects of the course ahead of schedule will be given the opportunity to continue with more advance projects.

The course is almost entirely practical, including exercises which have each been specially chosen to demonstrate particular aspects of the lathe's capabilities.

The participants will also be encouraged to put forward solutions to mechanical problems and to produce their own drawings, since an ability to solve problems and think creatively is extremeley important for anyone who wishes to progress to a higher level of watchmaking.

However, we intend that all participants should achieve at least the following basic elements:


  • Understanding the importance of the clearance angles. Making various machine gravers in hard metal using the tool-grinding machine.

Turning and drilling:

  • Preparing drawings and producing several pieces in brass and steel
  • Different techniques for centre drilling
  • Turning tapers and angles
  • Parting off
  • Cutting threads.

Milling and dividing:

  • Milling flat faces and squares
  • Different methods of division
  • Cutting wheels

Special projects requiring a combination of the different techniques.



Participants must already have a solid knowledge of both watchmaking and basic micromechanics.



8:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:00



04 to 15 September 2023 (FULL)

27 May to 07 June 2024 



CHF 4'700.- per person (accomodation and meals not included)

  • 75% discount for Partnership teachers
  • 25% discount for active members
  • 10% discount for donators

WOSTEP reserves the right to adapt its prices at any time.



Please note, that if you cancel your participation less than 30 days before the beginning of the course, the fees will not be reimbursed.


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