A watch repairer is more commonly known as a watchmaker, someone who makes and repairs watches. Since a majority of watches are now factory made, most modern watchmakers only repair watches. However, originally they were master craftsmen who built watches, including all their parts, by hand. Modern watchmakers, when required to repair older watches, for which replacement parts may not be available, must have fabrication skills, and can typically manufacture replacements for many of the parts found in a watch. The term clockmaker refers to an equivalent occupation specializing in clocks.
Due to factory/genuine spare parts restrictions, an increasing minority of watchmakers in the USA are ‘independent,’ meaning that they choose not to work directly for industry or at a factory service center. The Rolex watch brand now pre-qualifies independent watchmakers before they provide them with spare parts. This qualification may include, but is not limited to, holding a modern training certificate from one of several reputable schools; having a workshop environment that meets Rolex’s standards for cleanliness; using modern equipment; and being a member of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.
In modern times watchmakers undergo training courses such as the ones offered by the BHI (British Horological Institute), or one of the many other schools around the world following the WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program) style curriculum. Some USA watchmaking schools of horology will teach not only the WOSTEP style including the ETA range of movements but also focus on the older watches that a modern watchmaker will encounter on a daily basis.
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