He apprenticed with his father, a watchmaker , before moving to Switzerland, to work as a journeyman in Basel, and then to Neuchatel to study watchmaking.
He was born in London, the son of a watchmaker , and studied at Southend School of Art and then (after an interval as a commercial designer) at the Royal College of Art, 1924-7.
If you doubt the power of the aesthetics of clockwork, look at the prices in a smart watchmaker 's shop.
For a watch to be unique, the watchmaker should design and manufacture most of the different parts rather than simply source components from another supplier.
However, to compete with the big boys in Asia like Japan and Hongkong, retailers feel Singapore has to develop highly-trained watchmakers who can support an after-sales service industry.
This exhibition attracts thousands of jewellers, wholesalers, and watchmakers .
It will surprise no one to learn that the man's civilian occupation is, naturally, watchmaking .
At the same time there were harness makers, tailors, dressmakers, builders, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, watchmakers , saddlers, masons and carpenters.
There were 47 pawnbrokers in the Borough, 38 of whom dealt in gold and silver plate, and 55 persons carried on business as watchmakers .
One traditional type of labor for which the Swiss are famous is watchmaking .