Whether or not the Timexicans here are "watchmakers" is, ultimately, in the eye of the beholder. Many people here are polishing their own cases and replating them, exchanging stems from one watch to another and cutting the stem to make sure it fits a different case, combining parts from different watches to make "Franken watches" with a unique appearance. No, they are not turning fresh wheel staffs or winding their own hairsprings, but I would still consider what they do to qualify, at least, at the lowest level of watchmaking. One must remember that the basic Timex movement was considered disposable. If it was not, and required the actual making of parts, then I am sure that a large percentage of the people here would probably be doing that!
I think that the trend toward disposability, even in high-end timepieces, is here to stay. It is now cheaper to manufacture an entirely new movement then it is to try and repair a damaged one by making and installing new parts. Yes, it's a sad trend, but one that has been obvious to me for several decades now.
I think that even if one is not exactly functioning at the level of the original watchmakers of centuries ago, one can still legitimately take pride in what they can do with regard to collecting their Timex watches. Finding a beaten up, non-running Timex at a flea market and then restoring it to almost like new condition IS something to be proud of...whether one is called a "watchmaker" or not.
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