A watch worn and kept for years is automatically subject to a number of shocks, scratches or various repairs, and an amateur can easily overlook essential elements that may reduce the value of the property. The skills of an expert constitute one of the central professions in the watchmaking field, and thus demonstrate the value of calling on a specialist to take charge of operations.

The role of the watchmaker

The watchmaker is a professional skilled in creating, adjusting, assembling and repairing different types of time measuring devices (clock, watch, alarm clock, etc.). The expertise of a watchmaker is without appeal concerning the stages of creation and he will obviously be able to assemble precisely all the parts that make up an object. He will be all the more capable of identifying and resolving all types of malfunctions in a system and manufacturing parts that are not available on the market. A watchmaker is also part of a network of professionals and suppliers in order to enable him to obtain the necessary resources for manufacturing. The latter brings his expertise and practical advice to his customers when he works in a boutique or a large surface area.

Watchmaker: a precision profession

A watchmaking professional often operates alone in a workshop to carry out the manufacture or repair of orders placed by customers. The work is not, however, linked to sedentary conditions, and can easily lead the watchmaker to travel to the homes of individuals who call on his talents to work on imposing and fragile devices such as clocks. The heart of the work is, for its part, very meticulous and requires the implementation of a battery of tests and checks at each stage of the operations. Indeed, the optical instruments used are effective in improving manual dexterity, but require a dust-free space with artificial light. The watchmaker then intervenes with fine spring-loaded pliers to grasp the light and extremely small parts. The working hours remain regular, although certain periods of the year are nevertheless likely to generate additional work.

Becoming a watchmaker, what studies or training should I choose?

The path to becoming a watchmaker is not unique, different diplomas and courses of study can lead to the profession. A CAP in watchmaking and a Bac +3 with a specialization in instruments offer the possibility of entering the watchmaking field and there are even certificates for those already working in the industry. A watchmaker can quite easily become a watch technician during his career, and will thus be able to specialise in certain specific models or set up directly as a jeweller-watchmaker.

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