Cha cha cha cha Changes …

Time waits for no one, and as in the rest of the world, things at WatchGuy move along as well. ¬†And I’ve already managed to get a Bowie and a Stones reference in!

Mitka joined me over three years ago as an apprentice, and I am proud to say that he has become a good watch repairer in that time. Those who follow this blog know that he now has a lovely daughter with his fiancee. So it’s no surprise that Mitka wants to do his own thing…

Within the next months, he will move away to the South of England, and start up his own business, which is a very exciting development indeed! His new web site ( is already up and running, and once you have given him some time to do up his new workshop, he will accept maintenance and repair work. Expect that to happen around August this year. Our regular readers will have seen his posts, and share my support for the quality of his work. Not that I should entice my own clients away from me, but please feel free to contact him for any work you would like to be carried out on your watches later this year.

But we aren’t done with changes yet!

In March, an old school friend of mine (we did A-Levels together 35 years ago), Johannes, joined the team at With a strong mechanical background, which includes a career as an airline pilot, Johannes has decided to join us for a little career change. Things are going really well, the first Rolex has been successfully serviced, hands have been re-lumed, hairsprings have been straightened, and I’m very confident that he will have the same success in learning the trade that Mitka had.

As we have a bit of space in the new workshop, we will probably take on another apprentice or a trained watch repairer later in the year. If you are interested, give us a shout!

7 thoughts on “Cha cha cha cha Changes …

  1. Just wanted to say that I think both your sites are fantastic. It’s really inspired me to have a go myself. I think I would enjoy the work. I’m going to start off by buying some books, then some tools, then some old ebay watches to dismantle and then I’ll take it from there. Your love of the subject matter comes through in every post and picture. I find it infectious. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Interesting! Best of luck to both of you (or the three of you?). And I will start following your website as well, Mitka!


  3. Congrats to both of you and best of luck to Mitka in his new endeavour! Also, good on you Christian for continuing to spread the knowledge you accumulate.

  4. Christian is not only a Watchguy but also a truly amazing guy! The patience he has had and frustrations he has endured with me as an apprentice is beyond comprehension;) I will forever be thankful for the knowledge he has given me. I hope to keep and share this knowledge for the rest of my life. If you were to consider being a watchmaker Christian is your guy!

    • Good luck Mitka! Thanks a lot for your amazing work on my Berthoud. I’m loving wearing it. Watch out for a service request from me when you’re up and running!

  5. Congratulations to Mitka, there is plenty of work for another skilled watchmaker.
    I hope he will continue to post photos of interesting repairs.
    And good luck to your new trainee, Johannes. I hope his new career takes off !

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