How to Become a Watchmaker

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The art of watch making isn't as popular as it used to be. But that means that professional, trained watch makers are in high demand. If these intricate time pieces interest you, you'll likely find a solid career as a watch maker.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

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    Join a hobby club. This is the best way to determine if you're interested in watch making as a career or as a hobby. A hobby club will expose you to all types of watches, watch parts and watch tools. A club like this one is also a great way to meet other people with whom you share interests and you can network among your new friends.

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    Find a job working with watches. Even if you're not allowed to repair the watches, being in the environment will allow you to learn a lot. And some companies are willing to pay for your training if you agree to come back and be a watch maker for them.

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    Train to be a watch maker. Courses are available at some trade schools, and some courses are even available online. However, watch making is an art that really requires hands on training. The Watches of Switzerland Training Education Program is considered one of the best training programs in the world. But if that's not a possibility, there are programs here in the United States where you can train.

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    Seek accreditation. This goes over and above your degree to show that you are an expert in your field. Rolex has the most recognized and marketable accreditation program. Other accreditation programs are available through Breitling and Omega.

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