Certified Watchmakers for the 21st Century
The American Watch and Clockers Institute in cooperation with some of the leading watch manufacturers developed a certification test to determine if a watchmaker possesses the skills and knowledge to service both quartz and mechanical watches. The designated title for those that pass the rigorous exam is CW21.
The four-day certification program comprises of a written examination and a service test on their watchmaking skills. The watchmakers are provided with four types of watches; a Chronograph: an autowind, a quartz and a mechanical watch. A service issue has been introduced into each of the watches and the watchmaker has to locate the problem and service the watch to its factory specifications.
Since its inception in 2004, there are currently 420 CW21 out of approximately 12,000 watchmakers working within the United States.
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