Well one of my pocket watches I "think" may have had a mainspring break but instead of taking it to the jeweler I'm going to give repairing it a try myself.
This will of course COST more than going to the jeweler.
I started by searching for "watchmakers training manuals" and got several hits. Two of the books seem to be considered "the" training manuals.
"The Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking Watch Repair Training Manual" (currently in its 13th edition)
The Watch Repair Manual
both are hefty tomes...Bulova at 340 pages and WRM at 450....both Hardbacks.
Being the cheap sort I went to bookfinder.com and Amazon looking for used....use of smelling salts revived me...Bulova used is in the $250 range. BUT..a googe search came up with what appears to be a pretty huge supply house called Esslinger www.esslinger.com that has the Bulova new for $55 and WRM for $42.98 and (sigh...fellow tool junkies will understand) a Bergeon 500 page tool catalog for $11.95.
Since I really haven't bought anything other than food or paid more than the normal utility bills for the last couple of months I decided to give myself a treat and ordered the three.
Once I digest the books I'll see what tools I think I will need to buy to fix the watch....Ebay seems to have lots of odd watchmakers tools or whole benches full of tools from the estates of old retired watchmakers.