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 …

June 2016 Update

5 years ago I made the decision to become a watchmaker. It was a completely unexpected result of seaching for a new career, and it has been a very interesting journey. I’ve written about the story of becoming a watchmaker here. Anyway, some news. Firstly I’m writing articles again now after an extended break. The …

Becoming a Watchmaker

It’s been an interesting and unexpected journey in becoming a watchmaker. If I knew at the beginning what I would have to sacrifice to get to where I am now, would I still have gone ahead? Damn right I would have. Watchmaking is a fabulous career. I always look forward to and gain incredible amounts …

August 2015 Update

It’s been some time since I’ve provided an update, but fear not I have been busy behind the scenes. First up I took my 3rd year BHI exams in May 2014, which also included the Drawing Clock/Watch Escapement exam that I had postponed from the 2nd year. The reason for the postponement was that I …

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 …

Making my First Watch

I have talked before about some watch designs that I’ve been thinking about for my first watch. See the article here. Originally I was going to make an ambitous regulator layout with retrograde hands, although once I calculated how much work was involved I decided to scale things down a little. Now I am satisfied …

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 …

January 2014 Update

The website is just a little over a year old, I thought that I’d give an update. As I write this, the site has: 28 published posts containing 35,000 words and 400 images I was actually beating myself up for not having done more this year, but after seeing the tally of the work – …