Watch or clock repairer

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What's it like?

You would fix watches and clocks. You could work on anything from people’s favourite wristwatches to valuable antiques like grandfather clocks. However, you would usually specialise in either watches or clocks, as they involve different skills.

You would:

  • Take apart the watch or clock to find the fault
  • Replace batteries
  • Clean and oil parts
  • Fit new hands, dials, straps and other parts
  • Check that it keeps time accurately

In most cases you would work in a shop such as a jeweller's, where you might serve customers as well as doing repairs.

You might specialise in repairing and restoring old or antique clocks. You could also learn to make clocks to your own designs.

You’d have to handle very small pieces of machinery so it would be important to be able to concentrate on doing delicate and intricate work.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, or sometimes on Saturdays. Part-time work is possible.

Environment

You would usually be based in a workshop. Most of your time would be spent sitting at a bench and using specialised tools and optical aids.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Helping customers
  • Working on your own
  • Accuracy
  • Working with your hands
  • Repairing and fixing
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no set entry requirements for this role but most employers value a good general education.

A small number of employers may offer a traineeship.

Birmingham City University offers a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in Horology and you will need 280 UCAS points to enter this course.

There is also a Diploma in Clock Conservation at West Dean College in Sussex.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Technologies subjects

Helpful to have

Training is on the job but it is possible to gain relevant qualifications from the British Horological Institute (BHI). It offers distance learning options.