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Keeping the clocks ticking

In the world of clocks and watches, the job of a repairer is to refurbish – that is, to breathe new life into clocks and watches of all kinds, new or old. This means dismantling, cleaning, oiling, greasing, calibrating and doing whatever else is needed to repair parts and mechanisms for clocks and timers. They may have to recreate missing components, such as wheels and pendulum mechanisms. Clock repairers deftly handle everything from minuscule parts to sizeable components of chronometers, counters or clocks with chimes. 

With a sharp eye, they examine each device and use their expertise to work out what is stopping it from functioning properly. They determine what repairs are needed and estimate the costs, giving this information to the customer before setting about repairing the faulty components. The work of a repairer ranges from straightforward adjustments or a thorough cleaning to the refurbishment of mechanical components. With a particular passion for the traditional art of watch and clock making, the repairer handles all kinds of timepieces with ease, be they electronic or mechanical, with a self-winding design or featuring complications. They restore the devices handed over to them within the agreed time frame and guarantee impeccable quality. 

Once refurbished by the repairer, timepieces are as good as new, looking and operating as though they were fresh from the factory. This profession is one for experienced specialists in the field of watch and clock making, and requires a high level of autonomy and flexibility. A prospective clock repairer must first hold the position of clock maker before progressing to this specialised area of work, which requires a wealth of experience. 

As well as carrying out purely mechanical repairs, clock repairers may also be called upon to personalise or embellish a timepiece. This little-known training path opens up access to a range of jobs and workplaces, such as the watch- and clock-making industry, specialised small-scale retail trade, watch repair shops or large retail outlets.

Skills required: precision – meticulousness – good concentration – patience and neatness – good spatial vision – manual dexterity 

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