A watchmaker who designs and makes new watches is likely to meet customers to discuss the design.
Watchmakers often go to clock and watch fairs in the UK and overseas. Here they can meet other watchmakers, suppliers and potential clients.
Many watchmakers have websites and use social media platforms to promote their work.
To be a watchmaker, you need to have a good eye for detail. The inside of a watch is precision-built on a very small scale.
You need to be good with your hands and able to work very carefully and methodically. If you are a watch repairer, you need to be good at problem-solving.
You also need to be patient, as the work can be very time-consuming. Good eyesight helps, as well as good hand-eye coordination.
If you are repairing and restoring antique watches and clocks, it helps to have an interest in them and their history.
To design watches, you need to have creative flair and an eye for attractive objects and good craftsmanship.
If you are dealing with the public, you need to have customer service skills and be able to explain technical terms simply. As a watch designer, you need to be able to explain your creative ideas to customers.