Watchmakers assemble mechanical and electronic watches and ensure that these are well maintained during service. They lend support to those working on the design and production of parts, while also providing advice during the development, design and manufacture of accessories and tools for watch production. Prototype construction, trials, tests and the optimization of working procedures are also part of their job.
Watchmaking is a demanding profession which spans the fields of micromechanics and electronics. As a qualified watchmaker, you will work in the assembly department, design office or laboratory. This varied training programme also opens doors in the microtechnology and microelectronics sectors.
- IWC specialist programme
- External courses in basic technology
- Assembly technology
- Repair technology
- Production of tools and parts
- Tasks from the production process of the training company
The first 3 years of training are classified as basic training (Basisausbildung) for levels G and E. As part of an introductory course, you will acquire the basic skills and knowledge relating to the manufacture of simple tools, including appliances for filing, milling, turning and drilling. You will then receive a step-by-step introduction to the assembly of mechanical and electronic watches. This begins with the assembly of the basic structure and incorporates all subsequent steps, including regulation, dial/hand fitting and the installation of the movement in the watch case. During your 4th year of training, you will work with more complicated watches and repair technology. This includes laboratory work, the optimization of working processes, production equipment and quality assurance. After 3 or 4 years of basic vocational training, the programme is completed with a theoretical and a practical qualification component.
Your specialist lessons and the teaching of general subjects take place at a vocational school. The job-related subjects include the science of watchmaking, working principles, physics, materials science, electrical engineering, watch electronics, technical drawing, English, French, combined occupational studies (business organization, customer service, laboratory work) and professional knowledge from in-depth training (production technology, quality assurance, microelectronics). If you received excellent grades at school, you can also attend a vocational training college (Berufsmittelschule) during your basic vocational training. This provides a solid foundation for later further training.