Everyone working with watches knows the problem: spare parts. Especially for older watches, it can be really hard to find the right part. Never mind the right price.
I know that every watchmaker in the world sits on a huge amount of parts. A lot of these never get used, people don’t even know what they have (I am a bit guilty here as well), and when they give up working, the parts often end up on the tip, never to be seen again.
Some people are out there collecting the parts and selling them on Ebay, and I’m forever indebted to their effort.
I’ve been tidying up lately, and I’ve recorded some of my spare parts in a database – the effort is here. This will allow anyone in the world to have a peek, and to contact me shall they require something I have (if I’m willing to part with it).
I’m thinking about developing this system for an unlimited amount of users, so that anyone who has parts can upload their stock (and manage it), and be contactable through the site. Over time, this could not only develop into a nifty stock administration for anyone who has parts, but it would make them accessible worldwide.
If you are a watchmakers or a parts dealer, or if you just sit on some stock, please let me know if you are interested. I’m not looking to make money out of this idea, and I would throw in the programming for free. I just don’t want those parts to end up on the tip! So please leave a comment here if you are interested, and let me know what features you need (bulk upload from spreadsheets, stock updates from a third system, etc…) so that I can gauge the magnitude of the project.