Would you consider watchmaking a high skilled job?

What with the resurgence in popularity of both modern/new and vintage mechanical watches, since the 80s, there has been a renewed demand for watchmakers(people who restore and/or repair mechanical watches). As we all know this is a mysterious world to most and even to those who understand it somewhat, they develop an appreciation of the service thy are getting. Unfortunately most watchmakers(even the best) study only 2year course, even at WOSTEP school of watchmaking in Switzerland. So, it is not the four year "degree"/piece of paper that border or customs officials are looking for.This presents a problem to watchmakers because theirs is considered a vocational diploma/trade certificate. Ironically the watchmakers are MUCH more skilled and add MUCH more value than some paper pusher would to his country of immigration/destination.But because they don't hold that vaulted "degree/worthless piece of paper", they can't get in! The value addition part-watchmakers are needed to maintain mechanical watches, which add nearly 60% of value to the watch industry.If servicing were not available, nobody/their-target demographic would not buy these watches.I mean if you bu ya watch for 3000$ and there isn't anyone to service it for 300%, you would rather buy a quartz watch, isn't it?This would result in job losses for many sales persons, managers, micro-engineers, managers and so on.All because watchmakers couldn't be let in because of a stupid visa clause. Don't you think this is unfair?Do you people of the world, think watchmakers(if certified/properly skilled) should be given work visas the way highly skilled people are?…… @ Lisa A and other guy Not everyone who can flip your battery in that casio G-shock at the nearest strip mall is a watchmaker.You see those high street retailers selling Mechanical watches with in house movements worth a few thou?The guys servicing those when they have a broken gear or cam or need a fluid change are real "watchmakers"...and according to NYtimes, the avg age for watchmakers is nearing 70..that means if they are not gone, they are retiring soon. Even those are barely a few today, even in america, a country of 310 about what you know

Asked By: - 12/23/2012
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I agree.. a highly skilled job ... but the demand is gone the makers of quality watches still service them ..but the small time repairer have all gone 10 years there was 2 locally ...both now gone
Answered By: Frank - 12/24/2012
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They may be highly skilled, but they are not in demand. We have plenty of watchmakers in the US at least. So there are no visas available for watchmakers.
Answered By: Lisa A - 12/23/2012
Answered By: Warlock - 12/23/2012
Per Se, watchmaking repairing is skilled job but since it does not come with any International Certification, it is just a skill not academic nor seriously useful in today's world .
Answered By: Seeker - 12/25/2012
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