Hello everyone, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ray and I have the huge pleasure of letting you all know that I am Christians apprentice.
I am 40, married and from Northumberland, I enjoy rock climbing, motorcycling and of course I am absolutely obsessed with wristwatches!
I have always loved mechanical wristwatches and a couple of years or so ago I thought I’d see if there was a possibility of me making a career in watch repair. I started by downloading a short online course and buying some basic tools just to see if I had an aptitude for it and to see if I had the dexterity to handle the small parts. This went well and soon after that I enrolled on the BHI distance learning course. It took me around two years to complete the technician grade course due to not having a lot of free time with working full time and my hobbies. I entered the exams in June and got the results in August to say I’d passed the three exams and passed the course with merit which I was very pleased with.
I have been a long time reader of Christians inspiring blog and at the end of April I read that there was a possibility of him taking on an apprentice this year. I thought to myself that would be the best job ever but I didn’t want to get my hopes up! A few days later and after a quick chat with my very supportive wife I sent Christian an email and to my delight he invited me down to the workshop. I spent the day there in June and at the end of the day he offered me the job, I couldn’t believe my luck and instantly accepted! It took a while to close my business and for my wife to get a transfer with her job and for us to find a house but three months later we moved the 300 miles to be here.
I started working here at Watchguy at the beginning of October and I am throughly enjoying it all. It is a huge privilege to work on customers watches under Christians supervision. As a watch lover myself I know how precious each and every one is to their owners. I have learned a lot already since starting. I have serviced quite a few watches here now and have replaced parts and crystals. I performed my first repair recently, Christian showed me how to re-bush a barrel bridge and I have also serviced my first Rolex, both of which have been milestones for me. I have also serviced my first Omega Chronostop which was a good introduction to chronographs.
As I’m sure a lot of you will understand this really is a dream job for me and I can’t thank Christian enough for giving me this opportunity, there is a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to it all.