How to Become a Watchmaker – Part One – Introduction

So you have an interest in watches, and like the idea of becoming a watchmaker. As a watchmaker myself, who made a very conscious decision to choose this career and embarked upon a path to become traditionally trained, I cannot recommend the industry highly enough. The sense of satisfaction from taking something old, worn and …

British Watchmaking

BRIEF HISTORY OF BRITISH WATCHMAKING Watchmaking is a British trade. Every major escapement design, and around three-quarters of the remaining innovations came from these shores. It can be said to have started with Thomas Tompion (1639-1713), often referred to as the father of English clockmaking. A student of Tompion, George Graham(1673-1751), made further innovations before …

How to Polish a Watch Case and Bracelet

A watchmaker’s work is often left unappreciated as it is hidden inside the case. The fact that the watch is keeping time and functioning as it should are the only outside indicators of a well serviced watch. When studying to become a watchmaker we were often told the mantra that “you can’t see a good …

Robert Loomes Stamford Ltd.

Overview Founded: 2011 (watchmaking heritage since 1654) UK Staff: 12 Watches Produced: c.400 per year Price Point: £3,850-£17,800 Percentage British: 100% _________________ About Robert Loomes Stamford Ltd. is an established clock and watch repairer with a long heritage and contribution to British horology. Alongside their repair and restoration business, within their workshop they manufacture entirely …

Watch Anti-Shock Settings

The balance wheel pivots are the thinnest in the watch, as they are the lowest torque. However they also carry what is often the heaviest wheel and so therefore are very vulnerable to break if the watch receives a shock. For pocket watches and clocks this was not a huge problem as they were generally …

BHI Exams and the WOSTEP course

I now have experience with both the BHI’s (British Horological Institute) qualifications and the WOSTEP (Watches of Switzerland Training and Education Programme) course and so I can talk about the differences. The BHI reinvented its qualification structure in 2011. They offer 3 major qualifications that are taken in sequence: The Diploma in Clock and Watch …

Global Luxury Watch and UK Watch Repair Market

I have put together this report to provide a brief overview of the state of the global luxury watch market, identify the popular brands and demonstrate the current size of the UK watch repair market. The Swiss luxury watch industry is extremely secretive and figures and data are never directly provided by the watchmaking brands …

BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 3)

This is the final part of the series into the cock and plate exam that forms part of the BHI’s 2nd year exams. The 1st part is here where I do some planning, make the screw and the arbor, and the 2nd part is here where I make/mess up the plate. Under the new exams …

BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 2)

This is the second part describing the process to create the Cock and Plate assembly. You can see the 1st part here. The first part seemed to have gone well. Perhaps it wouldn’t be wrong to say it went at least 80% as well as I could have hoped. By far the biggest problem I …

BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 1)

The 2nd year of the British Horological Institute (BHI) exams includes a practical exam where the candidate must make a Cock and Plate assembly for a carriage clock. This article will be split over 3 parts. This first part will focus on the preparation prior to getting started and then look at the making of …