Labelled a dying profession, a watchmaker is often surrounded with an aura of mystique. With most watches now being factory manufactured, long gone are the days of the High Street watchmaker. But here at Luxiani, we want to encourage people to learn what a watchmaker does and inspire others to join us in our quest to create the world’s most desirable watches by becoming a watchmaker!
Understanding the Role of a Watchmaker
A watchmaker is an artisan, someone who devotes their care and attention towards the manufacture and repair of watches. Watchmakers have been handcrafting watches under the names of famous watch brands such as Rolex, Seiko and Vacheron Constantin for centuries. While it’s true that most watches are now mass produced, there do remain a few traditional watchmakers who bring joy to others with their timepieces. They are few and far between though, with nowadays most watchmakers only repairing, not manufacturing watches. Often, they are associated with a large brand whom retailers send watches to for repair work. Consequently, it is not a profession many people enter, with low job opportunities, remuneration and many years of training required before you can give yourself the title of ‘professional watchmaker.’
Exploring the Role of Watchmakers in the Past
In today’s world, time is money. Watch designers will often create a new model and then send it to the factory to be manufactured. This results in the availability of multiple units for sale within a short period of time. Labour costs are also low, with technological advances in the manufacturing process requiring little if no human input.
In the past though, watchmaking was highly regarded profession. Young men were often taken on as apprentices to a master watchmaker and taught the secrets of the trade for many years. They would then either take over the business or start up their own.
In England, the apprenticeship would last seven years and membership to a watchmaker’s guild was required before they could sell even their first watch. In more modern times, America and Denmark established schools where attendees were able to learn this beautiful craft. Today though, those pursuing this industry as a career are more likely to take on an apprenticeship than attend formal schooling.
What Exactly Can a Watchmaker Do?
As mentioned, watchmakers of today are more likely to repair rather than build watches. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t do it. In fact, you’ll be surprised at the tasks they can do, including:
- Designing watches
- Constructing watches
- Repairing watches
- Identifying issues and problem solving
- Servicing of watches
- Replace batteries
They also have a solid understanding of the history of watchmaking, excellent knowledge of the mechanical and technical workings of watches and may even be able to construct replacement parts for them.
It’s said that if you love your job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life! Here at Luxiani, we love spending time chatting with others, who like us, have a passion for lovingly crafted and high quality watches. We’d love to hear from you and invite you to explore our luxury watch collections today.