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Career That's Slipping Away #6Watch RepairersLikelihood of Computerization: 99 percent
If you've heard the expression "runs like clockwork," you should have an idea what people in this profession are all about. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, watch repairers repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of all sorts of timing instruments, including watches and clocks.
Bleak Outlook Factor: Watch repair is a time-honored tradition, but as people rely more on devices like computers or mobile phones for the time we might see this profession shrink.
"It's become increasingly common for people to check their phones for the time," says Miranda, although he doesn't expect to see the end of watches any time soon. "People will still buy and wear watches - but more so now as jewelry. If someone is interested in working in watch repair, they'd be wise to combine that skill with jewelry making or jewelry repair," he suggests.
Time is almost up for this once-thriving profession. Only 100 new jobs in this career are projected from 2012-2022, a growth rate of 2 percent.*
 

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I'd agree that if I were to go into watchmaking as a profession - I'd likely combine it with a couple of other related areas.

That said, there is and always will be a very important human element in watch repairs.
 

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Well, mechanical watches are very niche industry. Most of watch repairmen mostly replace bateries in quartz watches. Very small % actually works on mechanical watches.
 

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Well, mechanical watches are very niche industry. Most of watch repairmen mostly replace bateries in quartz watches.
In the State of Washington, they would be called Watch repairpersons.
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Anyway I agree, I think it's those who are just replacing batteries that will die out.
If anything, with resurgence in popularity of mechanical watches, those who can ACTUALLY repair watches will have even more work.
 

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Anyway I agree, I think it's those who are just replacing batteries that will die out.
If anything, with resurgence in popularity of mechanical watches, those who can ACTUALLY repair watches will have even more work.

I'm not 100% sure, most of mechanical watches sold in the world market today are affordable watches e.g Seiko, Seagull, Shanghai... not to forget thousands of mushroom brands that appear then disappear, the majority of those watches are not worth repairing at all.

Replacing batteries apparently isn't a good job either, what I saw most often in the streets are usually solar powered or Eco-drive watches.
 

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Everyone I know in the business is buried in work. Buried. Only 100 new jobs open? That's not so bad seeing as how there are only 40 people going for the 100 jobs.
 

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Lack of professional training facilities for the trade in this country (U.S.) seem to point toward making this a self-fulfilling prophecy. Couple that with a lack of interest, so it would seem, with the younger generation in watches in general and you end up with a stagnate if not dying profession. I would love to learn the trade, even at my advanced age!;-)
 

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...not to forget thousands of mushroom brands that appear then disappear, the majority of those watches are not worth repairing at all.
Most of those brands are using commonly-available movements from just a few sources (ETA, Sellita, etc). It'd be like repairing different cars that all use a Chevy small block. If the exterior suffers damage and there aren't any replacement parts, okay, I can see tossing it away (or changing to other, non-original parts), but I'll bet most repairs will still be able to be made.
 

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Mechanical watches are a luxury good. So it makes sense that there would be relatively few repairmen for them. You don't see a Ferrari dealership in every town. But you do see a Ford dealer. However I expect to see more in the emerging markets like China, India, SE Asia, Brasil since they are gobbling up high end watches now. Prices will go up though, since there's (relatively) fewer of them around.
 

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That's what the article said: Not so sure about this forecast. You?



Career That's Slipping Away #6Watch RepairersLikelihood of Computerization: 99 percent
If you've heard the expression "runs like clockwork," you should have an idea what people in this profession are all about. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, watch repairers repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of all sorts of timing instruments, including watches and clocks.
Bleak Outlook Factor: Watch repair is a time-honored tradition, but as people rely more on devices like computers or mobile phones for the time we might see this profession shrink.
"It's become increasingly common for people to check their phones for the time," says Miranda, although he doesn't expect to see the end of watches any time soon. "People will still buy and wear watches - but more so now as jewelry. If someone is interested in working in watch repair, they'd be wise to combine that skill with jewelry making or jewelry repair," he suggests.
Time is almost up for this once-thriving profession. Only 100 new jobs in this career are projected from 2012-2022, a growth rate of 2 percent.*
Sounds intriguing. Can I get a link to the full list of jobs going down hill?
 

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In the State of Washington, they would be called Watch repairpersons.
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Anyway I agree, I think it's those who are just replacing batteries that will die out.
If anything, with resurgence in popularity of mechanical watches, those who can ACTUALLY repair watches will have even more work.
Yup. The problem is that it takes a long time to train a watchmaker, so the supply is not as elastic as the demand. This leads to shortages and higher prices, which we have already seen.

The reduced respect of the young for the three-dimensional world makes recruiting a new generation of watchmakers more difficult.

Rick "expecting routine service to become not difficult to obtain" Denney
 

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disruption in the watch repair industry will follow swatch's decision to cut supplies of ETA movements and parts by end 2015.
 

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That article mentions postal clerks. Around here, I've always seen a line of customers at the post office -- indeed, at any post office I've visited within DC or its suburbs. I also will never expect the customers to be able to handle the self-service machines, judging by the incompetency they've displayed whenever I've seen them try.

IMO, there will always be a need for postal clerks. It's unfortunate that their availability is being reduced, however.
 
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