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British Watchmaking

British Watch Brands in 2022 Watchmaking is a British trade. This is evidenced by the fact that every major escapement design, and around three-quarters of the remaining innovations came from the UK. As a result there are now a number of emerging British watch companies and brands looking to revitalise that legacy. Below is a …

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Watchmaking Apprenticeship

I am very pleased to have been featured in the November/December edition of Timepiece magazine, which is the Newsletter of The British Watch and Clock Makers’ Guild. Below is the text of the article. A five-year apprenticeship training our future watchmakers Encouraging young people to take on an apprenticeship, particularly in technical fields where hands-on …

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Wessex Watches

Overview Price point: £4,740-£8,640 Quantity produced: less than 100 per year Percentage British: 40% UK Staff: 2 Location: Wiltshire _________________ About Wessex Watches are a relatively new watch company headed by Jamie Boyd. The brand Wessex comes from the name of the ancient British kingdom made most famous by Alfred the Great, where Jamie’s workshop …

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Robert Loomes Stamford Ltd.

Overview Founded: 2011 (watchmaking heritage since 1654) UK Staff: 12 Watches Produced: c.400 per year Price Point: £3,850-£17,800 Percentage British: 100% _________________ About Robert Loomes Stamford Ltd. is an established clock and watch repairer with a long heritage and contribution to British horology. Alongside their repair and restoration business, within their workshop they manufacture entirely …

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Watch Anti-Shock Settings

The balance wheel pivots are the thinnest in the watch, as they are the lowest torque. However they also carry what is often the heaviest wheel and so therefore are very vulnerable to break if the watch receives a shock. For pocket watches and clocks this was not a huge problem as they were generally …

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BHI Exams and the WOSTEP course

I now have experience with both the BHI’s (British Horological Institute) qualifications and the WOSTEP (Watches of Switzerland Training and Education Programme) course and so I can talk about the differences. The BHI reinvented its qualification structure in 2011. They offer 3 major qualifications that are taken in sequence: The Diploma in Clock and Watch …

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