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The Canadian Horological Institute (Toronto 1890-1913)

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A dedicated Ottawa area man has been doing some fabulous research on Canada's first school for training North American watchmakers.  THE CANADIAN HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE was set up in Toronto by Henry Playtner and Edward Beeton in 1890. 

For the next 23 years, the staff trained students of all ages and with varying levels of experience in the theory and practice of watch making and repair.  They came from the United States as well as Canada.  The Institute closed in 1913, apparently because of declining enrolment.

Go to
Gary's web site to read more about this unique Canadian training school from a century ago and see pictures of some student classes and their "masterpiece" watches made during the courses.

Gary would appreciate hearing from anyone who can provide more information - you can contact him through his web site.