Balance Recesser

Tend semi-automatic turning machines to cut recesses in the balance wheels.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Balance Recessers do?

Tends semiautomatic turning machine to cut recess in watch balance wheel: Fits center hole of balance wheel over pin protruding from face of quill, using tweezers. Fits holding ring over wheel and depresses pedal to clamp ring in place. Depresses pedal to start machine. Observes machine operation to detect malfunction. Lifts recessed wheel from pin, using tweezers, when machine automatically stops at end of cycle. Verifies contour of recess, using go-not-go gauge, depth of recess, using upright gauge, and quality of cut, using jeweler’s loupe.


Should I be a Balance Recesser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Balance Wheel Facer, Bar Pointer

    How to become a Balance Recesser

    Most Balance Recessers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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