Most modern watchmakers repair and maintain analog watches. They typically are employed by jewelers, but dedicated watch repair shops also exist. While most watches are manufactured by larger companies, in some cases a watchmaker will still get the opportunity to design and craft custom creations for very high-end customers. In some situations, watchmakers will also service expensive clocks and their inner workings.
Much of what a watchmaker does involves working with a great deal of manual dexterity on intricate, tiny parts of the machinery and gears that power a watch. The watchmaker carefully removes the parts of the watch he or she is servicing and, typically using magnification equipment, identifies faulty coils, springs, or gears. For many watches, it is important that the items are replaced with authentic parts from the manufacturer, so that the timepiece retains its full value.
This is a field that requires incredible attention to detail, and that is one of the key attributes and aptitudes required for someone interested in this career. Watchmakers typically learn their trade at dedicated technical schools or vocational programs. Normally, a watchmaker will serve at a junior level in jewelry repair to acquire the necessary practical experience to be considered for full-time work. Watchmakers typically work regular business hours in a jewelry workshop environment.