New national organization for watchmakers is established

A new national association for watchmakers, called The Society for Professional Watchmakers (SPW), has been formed.

Its aim, says founder and national executive director Dan Gendron, a sixth-generation horologist and a well-known speaker and consultant in watch repair, is “preservation of watch repair as an economically viable and professional career” and to enable “watchmakers, as a commercial group, to band together for our common good.” The SPW already has nine state chapters (in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas).

Gendron said the SPW will “address such issues as spare parts availability, education as a legacy to future generations of watchmakers, and group health and business insurance for members.”

The SPW, he said, is open to all watchmakers actively employed or self-employed, regardless of the their skill level or style of training. Retail jewelers and material supply houses will be welcomed as associate members. Dues as of January 2002 will be $10 a year.

For more information, contact the SPW at 2500 N. Cambridge Ave., Roswell, N.M. 88201. (888) 750-3330 (e-mail: spw@watchfix.com) or www.watchfix.com.