First, a reminder that this site is intended to promote the pursuit of watchmaking as a career. This list of tools is therefore intended to represent the typical tools a professional watchmaker would need to work professionally in a watch repair shop. The list includes only personal hand tools and ignores shop equipment, like a water tester or a lathe. It is based on my own personal inventory, the WOSTEP Tool Kit, and the AWCI CW21 list. I use every tool on the list on a very regular basis. I have divided the list into three groups: essential, intermediate, and advanced and into specific tasks. Essential tools are . . . well, indispensible. Intermediate and advanced tools will only be necessary for advanced techniques like hairspring manipulation, restoration, or part manufacture.
Essential Assembly / Disassembly Tweezers Brass S5 Nickel #12 F Steel #2 Steel #3 Steel #4 Plastic Quartz Screwdriver Set Rectangular Dust Cover Bell Jar & Tray Parts Trays -- To store parts during disassembly / assembly Mainspring Winder Set Oil Cups 30108A Dip Oilers Black Oil Cups red Oil Cups blue Oil Cup green Oil Cup yellow Slick Movement holders Presto Hand puller Presto Wheel Puller Loupe 25X Loupe 10X Loupe 2 1/2 Automatic Oiler Aperture Plate Hand Pushers Riveting Block Set of brass pin vises Set of steel pin vises Hand Levers Pin Vises (Slick) / Barrel Arbor Holders Horia Jeweling Tool Staking Set Brass Hammer Incabloc pushers Balance tack Barrel Closing Tool Plexi Stick Pegwood Cleaning Small Parts Baskets For cleaning small parts lg glass cleaning jar sm glass cleaqning jar Microfiber cloth Brass Brush 2272 Leather Buffs Blower / Bulb Pith Wood Button Rub-off Case Tools Case Knives Case Cushion Spring Bar Tool Ball Peen Hammer Measuring Tools Tesa Calipers Isometer Micrometer Caliber Specific Tools Movement Holders 7750 Eccentric Tool Micromechanical Tools Smoothing Broaches 30543-AP Cutting Broaches 30544-AP degussit stone Small India Stone Small Arkansas Stone Lg India Stone Lg Arkansas Stone Emery Sticks Files 8" #4 8" #6 Vallorbe Escapement Files #4 Oval Burnisher
Intermediate Tweezers Steel #5 Oilers Blue Yellow Green Red Mirror Hairspring Holder Truing Calipers Lyre style truing caliper Collet Removers Balance Screw Holders Poising Tool Collet Holder Carbide Drill Pallet Warmer burnisher / file Tungsten burnisher Slot cutter gravers flat burnisher Eurotool Escapement Files #2 Jewelers Saw Drill Bits Centering Punch Spring Tweezers Chamfer Tools File Card Files 10" #2 Half circle #3 / 8" 6" #5 4" domed #4
Advanced Tweezers #7 -- Hairspring Manipulation Tweezers Cutters 15A -- Hairspring Forming Screwhead polisher Dividers
I’m sure it will take some discussion to explain everything here so feel free to add anything you think I missed in the comments or ask questions and I will try my best to keep up.
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