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Offline Svuber

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Question about clockmakers
« on: February 17, 2016, 06:35:21 PM »
Hello! I have a question I have not been able to find an answer to regarding clockmakers.
I am not a person who makes clocks, or have any business in dealing with them, but their craft has piqued my interest lately.
So I have come here to ask you guys, whom I assume has at least more experience and knowledge about clocks than I do.

So, I was wondering if old clockmakers, back when when they were not factory made, but made by hand, if those clockmakers made every part of the clock, the inner workings, the parts, the casing for the clock, or would the clockmaker hire other craftsmen to make these parts he/she required by their specifications?

Offline jss

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Re: Question about clockmakers
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 08:30:46 PM »
The  following might provide a glimpse into how clockmakers engaged in there craft.  You can see also this method is still employed.

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By Danny Lewis
October 12, 2015

Ever dream of being a watchmaker? The Swiss watch company Patek Phillipe is offering a free, two-year course in New York to train a new generation of apprentices, reports Stephen Pulvirent in Bloomberg.  The luxury watch manufacturer has already begun teaching at its new school in New York City — the first class consists of six people, who were chosen from a pool of 300 applicants.

Despite fears that the rise of the smartwatch might hurt the mechanical watch industry, the market still exists for everything from simple quartz to high-end luxury timepieces. However, Pulvirent reports, the number of American watchmakers who can handle intricate repairs has plummeted. Patek Phillipe hopes to attract new watchmakers with its training program, which offers free tuition as well as a guaranteed job at the company.

Industries: Clock and watch-making
Pages 158-165

A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.

Offline steve323

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Re: Question about clockmakers
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2016, 03:46:20 PM »
jss gave a great link.  I would also guess that the answer depends on what you mean by "old clockmakers".  John Harrison had to do everything himself or possibly with the help of a hired worker. 

More recent clock makers have specialized.  One guy makes springs that everyone in his village uses.  The person making the case would buy completed assemblies from another person.