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Watchmaker/Repairer  What They Do

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Repairs, cleans, and adjusts mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Visual and Design Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Oils moving parts of timepieces.
  • Repairs or replaces broken, damaged, or worn parts on timepieces, using lathes, drill presses, and hand tools.
  • Cleans, rinses, and dries timepiece parts, using solutions and ultrasonic or mechanical watch-cleaning machines.
  • Disassembles timepieces and inspects them for defective, worn, misaligned, or rusty parts, using loupes.
  • Reassembles timepieces, replacing glass faces and batteries, before returning them to customers.
  • Tests timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.
  • Fabricates parts for watches and clocks, using small lathes and other machines.
  • Estimates repair costs and timepiece values.
  • Performs regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces, watch cases, and watch bands.
  • Records quantities and types of timepieces repaired, serial and model numbers of items, work performed, and charges for repairs.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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