Watchmaker

Craft both traditional and modern mechanized timekeepers.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Watchmakers do?

A Watchmaker’s job is to make, clean, and repair watches and clocks. That’s the practical definition of the job. Because it’s not just about timepieces but also about time, however, there’s a philosophical side to it, too.

It’s said that time heals all wounds. When you’re a Watchmaker, therefore, you’re both a Craftsman and a Doctor, doing your part to treat life’s contusions by turning abstract hours into tangible time, which makes people older, wiser, and, hopefully, happier.

As the name implies, Watchmakers traditionally made their living by designing and constructing watches. That required fabricating the individual parts — including the various gears and wheels inside the watch, as well as the case, face, hands, and strap — then assembling them to make working timepieces that could be sold to consumers.

Although you may still practice this craft, most modern-day watches — many of which are digital instead of analog — are manufactured and mass-produced. Most of your work, therefore, involves cleaning and repair instead of actual watchmaking, which is now largely the work of machines.

To that end, you typically spend your days cleaning, rinsing, and drying watch parts. You also oil and lubricate watch gears, inspect and “diagnose” broken watches, and repair and replace damaged or worn parts. In addition, you disassemble and reassemble damaged timepieces, replace batteries, and test then fix timepiece accuracy.

People often talk about the “fabric” of time. At the end of the day, that makes you a Seamstress, weaving time into timepieces so that everyone knows when to get up, when to go to work, and — most importantly — when to take their lunch!


Should I be a Watchmaker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Watch Caser, Watchmaker Apprentice

    How to become a Watchmaker

    Most Watchmakers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9vaaad&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29||||doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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