We started this site to share all our learnings with others who find themselves in the wormhole of watchmaking and make their path a little easier.
Welcome! My name is Mark and I’m one of those millennials that doesn’t have kids so actually have free time.
Back in the Summer of 2019, I found myself with plenty of time at my disposal when an illness meant I needed to spend more time at home recovering. I had always been intrigued by watches and had accumulated a small collection of 1970’s vintage Seiko chronographs and Swatch watches that I loved.
While brainstorming how to fill my time and stop going out of my mind with boredom, I made a shortlist and watchmaking was o the list. After hours of online research, I found that watchmaking was not that mainstream, and class locations were few and far between, especially in the UK. The nearest option for me was the Epping Forest Horology Centre which was around 90 mins from where I lived. Fortunately they offered beginner classes at a reasonable cost.
I spent a hot Sunday attending their one day taster session – Introduction to the Beginners Watch Serving Course. We were guided through the steps to disassemble and then reassemble the majority of a working pocket watch. By the end of the day I felt confident that this was something I could and would enjoy. The following week I signed up to the full year beginners course.
Watchmaking at Epping Forest Horology Centre
The full course was a total of 40 classes running every week during term time. This is where my journey really began, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Even lockdown couldn’t deter me, physical classes evolved into online classes. What seemed an impossibility quickly became a workable solution with Zoom coming to our rescue. I exceeded all my expectations on how much I would actually learn and retain as well as building a great rapport with my teacher and fellow students. This made the decision to sign up for the second years course easy.
I’m not a professional watchmaker and probably never will be, i’m a guy who enjoys cleaning, servicing and repairing watches and wants to learn more.
The goal of this site is to share my passion and knowledge with those already bitten by the watchmaking bug. I regularly spend hours searching online for answers to a specific problem. Even though there is a wealth of information that is easily accessible online, it isn’t always easy to find or very useful. Hence why I wanted to share my own findings.
I’m also still learning every day, so please feel free to leave comments/message me. I value your input as I continue to evolve my new found watchmaking skills.
I will be sharing all my experiences during my courses as well as since. From what tools I’ve purchased and used, to what household objects I’ve repurposed that have been massively helpful and saved me money.
While building this site I realised something I had not really contemplated. Every page I’ve designed, every blog post I’ve written, every photo I’ve taken, has made me take a step back and think in detail about each process. During all my classes, we were progressing at quite a fast pace. To complete each watch movement as guided, and then the following week move on to the next movement. I wasn’t able to take the time to reflect on what I had learned and understand it fully.
Building this site has actually become my personal educational tool. It has given me the time and focus to reflect on each aspect of watchmaking and fully understand it. It has become an equal passion to the watchmaking itself; and loving every minute.
What To Do Now?
If you are here it means you too are looking to improve your watchmaking skills and find valuable resources.
The good news is, we have prepared everything to help you achieve that so from here you can either:
- Read our Watchmaking Tools Guides to help you make the right decisions as you increase your collection of tools.
- Read our Watchmaking Resources to find the key reference data you will need.
We hope you enjoy the content we worked so hard to put together, and if you have any suggestions to make this site better, we’d love to hear them!
The Watchmaking & Me Team