Watch and Clock Repairer


Watch and clock repairers clean, repair and adjust mechanical and electronic timepieces.

Duties & Tasks

Watch and clock repairers may perform the following tasks:

  • replace watch power sources such as batteries and capacitors
  • perform minor repairs to watch parts including bands, glass, crown and winder
  • test watches for water resistance to agreed depths and Australian standards
  • remove watch and clock mechanisms from cases and examine them for signs of wear or damage
  • repair or replace faulty parts such as cracked crystals, broken hands and bent teeth or wheels
  • clean, test and lubricate watch and clock components
  • test and analyse electronic circuits in quartz watches and clocks
  • reassemble, fit and adjust timepieces to make sure they work correctly
  • provide customers with description and estimated cost of repairs
  • sell new and used watches and clocks to the public.

Working Conditions

The watch servicing industry uses both mechanical and electronic technologies. There is more demand for electronic watch servicing, although an increase in the popularity of mechanical watches has resulted in an increased demand for their servicing.

Watch and clock repairers spend extended periods at workbenches concentrating on detailed work.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy technical work
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • above-average sensitivity of touch
  • patience for fine, continuous work
  • high level of cleanliness and tidiness
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • high level of organisational skills.

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