Most "watchmakers" today are only capable of making repairs using parts that someone else made with a machine. They no longer physically make the watch and, ultimately, are really only doing a more advanced version of what the members of this forum do...only with better facilities and tools. Yet, they still refer to themselves as "watchmakers". Perhaps, it would be more accurate if they called themselves "watch technicians".
In the future, with the advent of mass produced cases, dials, and movements, the mere swapping of these components by a person will immediately confer the title of "watchmaker" upon him.
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