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Simon Godwyn

Simon Godwyn

Watchmaker at Patek Philippe

I am proud to have attended the British School of Watchmaking for the WOSTEP 3000 hour course from 2013-2015.

I really enjoyed the course, especially the engineering of watches and working with hand finished parts as this gave me a great understanding of how all the different parts work and an appreciation of how everything is made. The course also taught me the patience and attention to detail required when working on watches, these are essential skills in becoming a competent watchmaker.

The British School of Watchmaking offers outstanding teaching and excellent facilities; the teaching staff were always willing to help me so I felt really supported throughout my learning, and there was a great selection of tools to work with.

I feel very lucky to have attended the school and learnt the skills that have shaped my career today.

Justin Radcliffe

Justin Radcliffe

Watchmaker at Patek Philippe

I attended the British School of Watchmaking as a private student for the WOSTEP 3000 hour course from 2013-2015.

I had a fantastic experience throughout my two years, the course met all my expectations and more. The tutors were exceptional, they were always there to help and guide me so that I achieved great results.

As a private student, I felt confident that the school’s long established connections within the industry would help with employment upon graduation. The top watch manufactures will look for a potential employee to be knowledgeable of the principles and practices that the school teach.

I wouldn’t have the career I have today without completing the course so I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to start a career in watchmaking.

Ed Ashby

Ed Ashby

Watchmaker at Roger W Smith Ltd

I graduated from the British School of Watchmaking in 2011.

I then spent several years at Richemont Ltd, working for a number of brands and on various calibres and complications, before taking the next step and moving to Roger W. Smith in the Isle of Man to progress into watchmaking.

The 3000 hour course prepared me thoroughly for a career in horology. Studying both horological theory alongside the practical application of watchmaking and repair gave me a strong foundation to build upon during my time in the after sales and servicing sector. The engineering aspects of the course have also proved invaluable, particularly in my current role. Confidence in working with metals and using engineering equipment to produce both functional and beautiful watch components are skills I cherish and strive to maintain since learning them during my studies.

I look back very fondly at my time at BSOW, and I would not be where I am today if not for the high standards of teaching and infectious enthusiasm that I experienced at the British School of Watchmaking.