Fine wristwatches are tiny, intricate machines. Repairs and maintenance require the talent s of highly skilled watch repairers. Many watches and clocks made today are mass-produced and battery-operated. As a result, it is generally less expensive to replace them than to fix them.
But luxury ...
watches, chronographs, and antique watches and clocks are a different story. Instead of batteries, they rely on mechanical movements and manual winding springs. That old-style function is achieved through dozens of minute gears and components.
Expert watch repairers use precision instruments and magnifying equipment to inspect each part, cleaning, oiling, and replacing as needed. They may use special metalworking tools to create new components. They need excellent mechanical and problem solving skills.
Several associations offer certification programs, however, most learn the trade by studying alongside a master watch repairer as well, and training can take several years. The work is quiet and fairly solitary. Occasionally, you may have to go to a site to fix such things as grandfather clocks that are too big to bring into the shop. Even Big Ben needs attention once in a while.
Expect to spend the workday sitting at a workbench. This is a profession that requires great concentration, a steady hand, and exquisite patience. After all, it takes time to ensure watches keep time with faithful accuracy.
Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Oil moving parts of timepieces.
Demagnetize mechanisms, using demagnetizing machines.
Test and replace batteries and other electronic components.
Fabricate parts for watches and clocks, using small lathes and other machines.
Test timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.
Gather information from customers about a timepiece's problems and its service history.
Adjust timing regulators, using truing calipers, watch-rate recorders, and tweezers.
Repair or replace broken, damaged, or worn parts on timepieces, using lathes, drill presses, and hand tools.
Reassemble timepieces, replacing glass faces and batteries, before returning them to customers.
Perform regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces, watch cases, and watch bands.
Disassemble timepieces and inspect them for defective, worn, misaligned, or rusty parts, using loupes.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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