Watch and clock maker and repairer

What they do

Watch and clock repairers make, repair, clean, assemble and adjust watches and clocks. They may work with either classic, mechanical time pieces or digital clocks, watches and accessories. They repair or replace faulty or worn parts such as crystals, hands, teeth and wheels, as well as cleaning, testing and lubricating each part. Some watch and clock makers even design their own distinctive and original time pieces.

Working conditions

Watch and clock makers and repairers usually work in a workshop with other technical staff, and will usually work with a range of technically specific tools. They usually work regular business hours, depending on the demand for their work.

Tools and technologies

Watch and clock makers and repairers use a range of small specialist tools including vibrating, depthing, staking, poising and uprighting tools, wheel stretchers, barrel contractors, lathes, drilling attachments, cutting machines and microscopes. Eyeglasses and tweezers are also common tools used by watch and clock makers.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a watch and clock maker and repairer you usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in watch and clock repairing. The apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.