Let’s talk about things that tick.
I often get asked how I became a watchmaker. At age 28 I am exceptionally young for watchmakers these days. The average age of watchmakers in the U.S.A. today is about 46 I believe, most are ready to retire and a few youngsters are filling the gap, but not enough.I fix watches because it’s fun!
While in Peru I was standing on a corner waiting for the bus when along comes a thief and breaks my watch off my wrist and takes off running down the street. It was a $13 Casio! The hunt began for a new watch. I wanted a pocket watch on a chain (to prevent further theft.) I bought a $2 digital in the meantime. Lots of the relojerias had all kinds of vintage mechanical watches around, and I eventually settled on a 17 Jewel Longines Pocket Watch in a sterling silver case. While in Peru I also acquired two 17 Jewel omega pocket watches and a broken two register Valjoux chronograph in a beautiful silver case.
Back in the U.S. of A. the Longines hit the floor one day and I learned about balance staffs. They break you see. In my search for a new staff I got a $250 quote to repair the watch. Probably not worth it, I paid less than $20 for the watch.
Years later with trained eyes $250 was probably a bargain that watch has much more wrong with it than just a broken staff. Anyway, I caught the bug. Mechanical, ticking, time pieces intrigued me.
Before I figured out I could make a career of watchmaking I had forays in architecture ( 2 years of college) and computer science (B.S. from the Univ. of Arizona). Now I’m a watchmaker!