New to Watchmaking?

For the watchmaker newbies, wannabes and dreamers. Now is the time to stop thinking and start doing. Let us help you take the first steps on your watchmaking journey into the world of horological wonders.

How to Become a Watchmaker

Whether you simply have a passion for timepieces or dream of restoring vintage watches to their former glory, the path to becoming a watchmaker involves a combination of rigorous training and hands-on experience.

Watch Terminology

If you’re new to watchmaking and the world of horology, you will find that there is a whole new dictionary of definitions and glossary of terms to learn. Whilst some of them are self-explanatory, there are a lot that may stump you upon first reading or hearing.

Watch Forums

Whilst there are many places to discuss watchmaking and interact with fellow horologists, watch forums serve as vibrant online platforms where watch enthusiasts, collectors and watchmakers meet to share their passion and expertise.

New to Watchmaking FAQ

Watchmaking is the craft of designing, making, repairing, and servicing watches. Watchmaking involves various skills, such as mechanical engineering, precision machining, microelectronics, and artistry.

Watchmaking is not an easy hobby to get into, as it requires a lot of patience, dedication, and investment. Watchmaking also involves working with tiny and delicate parts that can be easily damaged or lost. However, watchmaking can also be very rewarding and enjoyable for those who have a passion for timepieces and mechanics.

To start a career in watchmaking, you need to undergo formal training and education from a reputable watchmaking school or program. You will learn the theory and practice of watchmaking, as well as the history and design of watches. You will also need to gain hands-on experience by working as an apprentice or intern under a master watchmaker. You can then apply for certification from a professional organization, such as the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) or the British Horological Institute (BHI).

You can teach yourself watchmaking to some extent, but you will still need guidance and feedback from experts and mentors. You can find online courses, books, videos, and blogs that can help you learn the basics of watchmaking. You can also join online forums and communities where you can interact with other watch enthusiasts and watchmakers.