Your Essential Guide to Watchmaking
Who We Are
What began as a small intrigue in horology led to the birth of Watchmaking & Me, a global platform helping you navigate the labyrinth of watchmaking. Watchmaking & Me is your ultimate watchmaking resources centre, an online tool box with all the tips, tricks and education that you need to enhance your watchmaking journey.
Founded by Mark in 2019, Watchmaking & Me is ever-evolving with a collection of wartchmaker resources, guides and blog posts that is constantly expanding. Always interested in watches, Mark started with a small collection of Swatch watches and vintage Seiko chronographs before creating Watchmaking & Me. In 2019, he decided to take his passion to the next level, taking the plunge to sign up to an extensive 40 week beginners watchmaking course. Studying the year-long Introduction to Watchmaking course at Epping Forest Horology Centre was quite the journey. During the course, in-person classes went online during lockdown and whilst this was an initial challenge, the events of 2020 did not deter Mark who then signed up to the following year’s course. The rest, as they say, is history.
During the early years of his watchmaking journey, Mark encountered difficulty finding resources online within this niche area. As a topic that is not mainstream, information on watchmaking is difficult to wade through and Mark found himself spending endless hours searching for the answer to his question or problem. This frustration sparked the idea for Watchmaking & Me. Not only was Watchmaking & Me built to share Mark’s passion for watchmaking, it was also created to help you find the essential information that you need on your watchmaking journey.
If you are in search of tips and tools to help you improve your watchmaking skills, you have come to the right place. Watchmaking & Me is an outstanding resource in the world of horology with advice and guidance from someone who has been in your exact position in the watchmaking process. Here at Watchmaking & Me, you will find an extensive selection of tips, posts and reviews on all things watchmaking. Watchmaking & Me brings this time-old tradition into the digital age with an impressive collection of guides and resources available online and all in one place. No more scouring the internet to pinpoint your issue, your answers lie here at Watchmaking & Me.
What Can I Find at Watchmaking & Me?
Watchmaking & Me is your ultimate resource centre into the world of watchmaking. Here you will find advice and guidance from a passionate watchmaker who is on the exact same journey as you are. Enter the world of horology and embark on your watchmaking adventure with all the educational insight you need as a beginner. Discover honest and detailed reviews on the best watchmaking tools that you can buy to enhance and assist your watchmaking as well as handy tips of household products that can be repurposed into affordable watchmaking tools. Explore the Watchmaking Resources section to find key information about a specific movement. For everything watchmaking, find it here at Watchmaking & Me.
The World of Watchmaking
If this is your first step into the world of watchmaking, welcome. The watchmaking community is one of incredible skill, extensive knowledge and extraordinary attention to detail so rest assured that you are in safe hands. If you have always been intrigued by horology and are growing your watch collection, watchmaking is an excellent way to expand and grow your passion. Watchmaking is an art form, the ultimate hobby for someone with a fascination with horology. Watchmaking involves time, commitment and patience, a passion that should be pursued as a mild obsession. For those with true passion and dedication for the art, watchmaking, like any other art form, is one that can be mastered and professional watchmaking could well be in your future.
Watchmaking has a rich history and heritage with watches dating back to early 16th century Europe. The original watch was a mechanical time-keeping device powered by winding a mainspring and time was kept with a rotating balance wheel. It was not until the 1960’s that the quartz watch was invented and the 1980’s saw the upheaval of the matchmaking industry known as the ‘quartz crisis’. Now, in the 21st century, the vast majority of watches on the market are powered by electricity.
In the modern world, we have access to an impressive selection of watches that can simply be bought off the shelf and even, next day delivered. However, building and repairing your own watch is a truly rewarding process, one of technological intelligence and fine craftsmanship. Throughout history, horologists were some of the finest craftsmen and whilst watches are now typically factory manufactured, watchmaking is an excellent way to keep the tradition alive. Through the watchmaking journey, you will gain an educated respect for the watchmaking process and the craftsmen of a bygone era. Technological advancements in the world of watchmaking continue to be made and it is a truly fascinating journey to be on.
Watchmaking is one of the most unique hobbies, great for intellectual stimulation and technological understanding. It can, however, also be one of complexity and intricacy, a hobby where you will encounter challenges and have to explore how to overcome the issue. Every individual watchmaking journey will be different but there is no doubt that at many corners, you will encounter hurdles and obstacles. It is essential that you have great resources to assist you on your watchmaking journey and if you are here at Watchmaking & Me, you are already in the right place. Here you can find the basics on how watches work and the starting steps into the world of watchmaking. Once you have dipped your toe into watchmaking, expand your passion with the help of our excellent resources, incredible guides and honest reviews to assist you on your watchmaking journey.