Role and Skills of a Watchmaker
- Artisan who makes and repairs watches
- Originally built watches by hand, including all parts
- Majority now only repair watches due to factory-made production
- Requires fabrication skills to manufacture replacement parts
- Clockmaker refers to an equivalent occupation specializing in clocks
Training of Watchmakers
- Historically underwent a seven-year apprenticeship and joined a guild
- Modern training courses offered by organizations like BHI and WOSTEP
- US watchmaking schools focus on both modern and older watches
- Danish apprenticeship lasts four years, covering clocks and watches
- France offers diplomas in horology, ranging from two to four years
Watchmaker as a Metaphor
- William Paley used the watchmaker analogy to imply the existence of God
- Richard Dawkins applied the analogy to argue that evolution is blind
- Metaphor utilized in Alan Moore's graphic novel 'Watchmen'
- Watchmaker profession associated with the villain Sylar in the TV series 'Heroes'
- Watchmakers portrayed as a sub-species in the novel 'The Mote in God's Eye'
Watchmakers in Popular Culture
- Watchmaker metaphor central to the backstory of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen'
- Villain Sylar in 'Heroes' is a watchmaker with the ability to gain superpowers
- Watchmakers depicted as a sub-species in the novel 'The Mote in God's Eye'
- Pierce Brosnan plays a watchmaker-turned-professional killer in the film 'Survivor'
- Watchmakers play a role in various forms of media, showcasing their precision skills
References and Resources
- 'The Watch Repairer's Manual' by Henry B. Fried
- 'How to Make a Verge Watch' by Ferdinand Berthoud and Jacob Auch
- 'Practical Watchmaking' by Vigniaux
- Additional references and resources can be found on external websites
- Wikimedia Commons has a collection of media related to watchmakers
Watchmaker Data Sources