Is the art of fixing and making mechanical watches an endangered trade?

With an estimated several hundred million mechanical watches that remain in use, the watch repair and servicing trade should not be short of opportunities, if it were not for a lack of interest from potential apprentices and challenging prospect for small workshops caused by quasi-monopolistic practices by the big brands.

This discussion looks at the issues and possible solutions, of which offering watchmaking training on evening classes or public administrations regulating free trade policies to ensure availability of repair parts to small workshops.