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How to become a Watch/Clock Repairer

watch/clock repairer careers

What does a Watch/Clock Repairer do?

Clock and watch repairers, also known as horologists, service and repair clocks and watches. They usually specialise in either watches or clocks as each involve different skills and techniques.

Watch repair usually involves cleaning, oiling, fault finding and fitting replacement parts from stock. Quartz watches, which run on batteries, require electronic faultfinding equipment. Repairs involve making adjustments, replacing parts or fitting a new battery. Repairers also fit and alter straps and bracelets.

Much of the work of specialised clock repairers involves working with old or antique clocks.

What's the working environment like working as a Watch/Clock Repairer?

Repairers in the retail sector work around 35-40 hours a week Monday to Friday, but may include Saturdays. It is possible to obtain part-time work in retailing.

Most of the work involves sitting at a bench and the use of optical aids. A driving licence may be required if the work involves visiting customers.

What does it take to become a Watch/Clock Repairer?

To be a watch/clock repairer you should:

  • have an interest in mechanical gadgets
  • be able to work with intricate and delicate mechanical devices
  • be able to pay attention to detail
  • have good practical hand skills and great patience
  • have an aptitude for measurement and preparation of technical drawings - important for old or antique clock repairing
  • be able to relate well to people and help them with their problems
  • be able to schedule your own work and be able to deal with all the financial and administrative responsibilities (for self employed watch/clock repairers).

Watch/Clock Repairer Career Opportunities

Most watch and clock repair is carried out by small firms, often employing only one or two assistants. There are some larger service workshops, however, which provide a service for jewellery shops or watch houses.

Some jewellery shops have their own repair facilities. Repairers may also have to serve in the shop and may have the opportunity to gain promotion to management on the retail side.

Self-employment is common in the trade. Some operate franchises within department stores or shopping centres.

There are also opportunities to work in the museums service, either repairing antiques or providing educational facilities.

Until recently, the number of watch/clock repairers was decreasing, but as mechanical watches are becoming more fashionable again, it is expected that demands for experienced and qualified repairers may increase.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Watch/Clock Repairer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

British Horological Institute (BHI)
Upton Hall
Upton
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG23 5TE
Tel: 01636 813795
www.bhi.co.uk

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
www.clockmakers.org

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