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Fine wristwatches are tiny, intricate machines. Repairs and maintenance require the talents of highly skilled watch repairers. Many watches and clocks made today are mass-produced and battery operated. As a result, it is generally less expensive to replace them…than to fix them. But luxury watches, chronographs and antique watches and clocks are a different story. Instead of batteries, they rely on mechanical movements and manual winding springs. That old-style function is achieved through dozens of minute gears and components. Expert watch repairers use precision instruments and magnifying equipment to inspect each part; cleaning, oiling and replacing as needed. They may use special metalworking tools to create new components. They need excellent mechanical and problem solving skills. Several associations offer certification programs. However, most learn the trade by studying alongside a master watch repairer as well. And training can take several years. The work is quiet and fairly solitary. Occasionally, you may have to go to a site to fix such things as grandfather clocks that are too big to bring into the shop. Even Big Ben needs attention once in a while! Expect to spend the day sitting at a workbench. This is a profession that requires great concentration, a steady hand…and exquisite patience. After all, it takes time…to ensure watches keep time with faithful accuracy.

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