I am Colin Andrews, a watchmaker with a keen interest in encouraging people within the industry and helping to promote Britain’s pivotal role in watchmaking history; and hopefully being part of its revival.
At the moment I am busy working on creating a series of watches for sale, including “The Few”; a watch handmade from a WW2 Spitfire.
Previously I spent 7 years hand-making my own watch as well as training 5 of my own apprentices to become watchmakers.
In recognition of my efforts I was made a Fellow of the British Horological Institute in 2019. I have studied both the WOSTEP and BHI qualifications, and have attained 1st place worldwide in my exams in subjects including Technical Drawing, Practical Making of Components as well as earning the 1st place results for both the Diploma in Clock and Watch Servicing and the Diploma in the Servicing and Repair of Watches.
I was a relatively late starter into the industry, having previously spent 8 years in China, mostly running my own fine art business and having learned fluent Mandarin Chinese. I returned to Britain at the end of 2010 and I decided to embark a new specialised career path. After some thinking I chose Watchmaking.
Watchmaking seemed like a romantic choice of career. It was a real skill, and felt like a proper job. It also seemed that the British watchmaking industry was suffering, and this appealed to me as it was something that I could get my teeth into.
The experience so far has inspired me to continue on my personal journey within watchmaking, as my career is flourishing and I am able to use my position both at work and on-line to help inspire some of tomorrow’s watchmakers to follow along the same path.
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