AWCI Creates Two Job Titles to Counter Loss of Watchmakers

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, aided by retail jewelry and watch trade advisors, is creating two new watch job categories to meet rising demand by consumers, jewelers, and watch brands for people able to service fine watches, and to lessen the impact from the loss in trained U.S. watchmakers.The two new in-store job categories are watch specialist and watch technician. Training and certification criteria are being developed and will be unveiled at the 2007 JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, says Jim Lubic, AWCI executive director.Recent years have seen significant growth in sales of mechanical watches and other fine timepieces, plus rising demand from jewelers, consumers, watch brands, and service centers for trained watchmakers. However, only a few hundred remain, compared with more than 30,000 three decades ago.That has led to thousands of untrained, often self-taught people trying

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