Watch Repairer

What They Do

Watch Repairers Career Video

Repairs, cleans, and adjusts mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Cleans, rinses, and dries timepiece parts, using solutions and ultrasonic or mechanical watch-cleaning machines.
  • Adjusts timing regulators, using truing calipers, watch-rate recorders, and tweezers.
  • Reassembles timepieces, replacing glass faces and batteries, before returning them to customers.
  • Disassembles timepieces and inspect them for defective, worn, misaligned, or rusty parts, using loupes.
  • Oils moving parts of timepieces.
  • Estimates repair costs and timepiece values.
  • Repairs or replaces broken, damaged, or worn parts on timepieces, using lathes, drill presses, and hand tools.
  • Tests timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.
  • Performs regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces, watch cases, and watch bands.
  • Orders supplies, including replacement parts, for timing instruments.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Antique Clock Repairer
  • Clock Repair Technician
  • Clock Repairer
  • Clock Smith
  • Watch and Clock Repairer
  • Watch Repair Person