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How My Watchmaking Journey Began

Back in the Summer of 2019, I found myself with plenty of time at my disposal when an illness meant I needed to spend more time at home recovering.  I had always been intrigued by watches and had a small collection of vintage Seiko and Swatch chronographs that I loved but never taken it any further. 

 

While brainstorming how to fill my time and stop going out of my mind with boredom, I came to the conclusion that learning the basics of watchmaking was the perfect option.  After many hours of online research, I found that this was not too mainstream, and class locations were few and far between.  The nearest option for me was a Horology Centre around 90 mins from where I lived that ran a reasonably priced 40 week course.

 

I spent a hot Sunday attending the one day taster session where we disassembled and reassembled the majority of a working pocket watch.  At the end, I felt comfortable that this was something I could and would enjoy, so I signed up to the course the following week.

 

This is where my journey really began, and I've been hooked ever since.  

 

I'm not a professional watchmaker and probably never will be, just a guy who enjoys cleaning, servicing and repairing watches and wants to continue learning more.

 

The goal of this site is to share my passion and knowledge with those already bitten by the watchmaking bug.  I've often spent hours searching online for answers on a specific issue, and even though there is a wealth of information out there, it hasn't always been very useful.  Hence why I wanted to share my own findings.  

 

I will share my experiences from servicing and repairing a watch, what tools I've purchased and used, and what household objects I've repurposed that have been massively helpful and saved me money.

 

I'm no expert and am learning every day, so please feel free to leave comments/message me.  I value your input as I continue to evolve my craft.

So after...

 

  • 10 Months Experience

  • 220+ Hours Practising

  • £1,639.10 Spent on Tools / Parts / Movements

My Journey Continues...Thanks for joining!

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