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Watch or clock repairer

Alternative titles for this job include Horologist, clock maker

Clock and watch repairers mend and restore clocks and watches.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

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How to become a watch or clock repairer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

University

The following courses are available at a very small number of universities in England:

  • a degree in horology
  • a foundation degree in historic craft practices - clocks

You can also study for a postgraduate qualification in clock conservation.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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College

You could start by doing a part-time course in watch and clock repair at a local college. After completing a basic repair course, you could move on to more in-depth training like:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Clock or Watch Servicing
  • Level 4 Diploma in the Servicing and Repair of Clocks and Watches

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 3 Clock maker
  • Level 3 Watchmaker

These apprenticeships are recognised by the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could try to find a trainee position with a watch or clock repair firm who would then put you through their own training programme.

Other Routes

You could take training through the British Horological Institute. They offer short courses for beginners along with more advanced qualifications.

You can also study for a professional qualification on the Watchmaker Training Programme at The British School of Watchmaking.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the British Horological Institute and The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for training opportunities and professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about watchmaking careers from the British Horological Institute.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • inspect and take apart watches or clocks to identify faults
  • replace batteries
  • clean and oil parts
  • make new parts to replace worn ones
  • check for accuracy
  • fit new watch straps
  • etch or engrave designs onto a watch face
  • maintain and repair equipment and ensure cleanliness of workshop
  • liaise with customer and sales team regarding specific orders or repairs

Working environment

You could work in a workshop.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could manage a workshop or retail jewellery outlet, or run your own business repairing or designing watches. Some clock and watch makers specialise in working with luxury brands.

If you specialise in antique clocks, you could work in a museum conserving antique clocks, or work at an auctioneers as a valuer.

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