Watch repair (called “watchmaking” in the U.S.) is a challenging field that requires strong mechanical reasoning skills, good manual dexterity, keen eyesight, patience and an appreciation for the beauty of fine craftsmanship. Well-qualified individuals are needed to service the popular mechanical timepieces on the market today.
Watchmakers work in a clean environment in several possible venues. In a retail setting, communication with customers is important. The watchmaker typically keeps records, estimates repairs, orders parts, repairs watches, refinishes cases, and performs quality control tests on the repairs. In a service center, the watchmaker repairs or replaces watch movements and possibly performs case refinishing tasks.