Trades & Services

Watch & Clock Repairer

Watch and clock repairers service, repair and maintain both mechanical and electronic timepieces.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship

  • Job outlook

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What does a Watch & Clock Repairer do?

Watch and clock repairers service, repair and maintain both mechanical and electronic timepieces. Watch and clock repairers are also known as horologists.

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Work activities

As a watch and clock repairer, you would:

  • examine and strip watches and clocks to find issues or faults
  • estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs
  • clean and service parts
  • fit new ready-made or handmade parts, such as hands or dials
  • replace batteries and watch bands
  • test watches or clocks for timekeeping accuracy
  • usually work with either watches or clocks.
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Key skills and interests

To become a watch & clock repairer, you would need:

  • good practical mechanical skills
  • patience and concentrations
  • a high level of accuracy
  • the ability to carry out intricate and delicate work.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a clock or watch repairer you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. You may be required to work at the weekend if you work in a retail store.

Conditions

You would be based in a workshop, possibly at the back of a retail store. You would spend your time sitting, and doing close up work. Some watch and clock repairers are also jewellers or jewellery repairers.

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How to become an Watch & Clock Repairer?

Entry Level Education

To become a watch and clock repairer, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Watch and Clock Service and Repair. Employers usually require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Some watch and clock repairers also have qualifications in jewellery manufacture or repair.

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Job outlook

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Employment of watch and clock repairers is expected to decline.

More watches and clocks are now mass-produced, and personal timepieces are now being integrated into new technologies such as mobile phones and smartwatches. There is still some demand for classic timepieces which will need to be serviced and repaired, but to a lesser degree than previously.

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