Watchmaker

Watchmaker

“A watchmaker uses their skill and labour to service and repair a range of watches, including quartz and mechanical, both manual winding and automatic”

A watchmaker uses their skill and labour to service and repair a range of watches, including quartz and mechanical, both manual winding and automatic. As an apprentice, you’ll find that the work is of a very delicate and skilled nature and requires the use of hand and machine tools and complex test equipment to service and adjust the movement and refurbish the case, so that the watch meets the manufacturer’s standards and is water resistant to the specified pressure. A watchmaker services watches within the range from quartz to automatic, ether as a sole trader, working for a small business such as a jeweller, or part of a team of watchmakers employed by a large service company. Completion of this apprenticeship meets the requirements for eligibility for membership of the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild.

Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum