Lost Art of Watchmaking

Bryan Hinton on the lost art of watchmaking

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From the February 2014 edition

I’ve been in the business for 30 years, since I graduated from the Ohio Valley Watchmaking Institute in Cincinnati. I’m from Columbus, and my father actually went to watch school here and then opened his own shop. I did learn things growing up, picked things up from him. The difference between a watch repairman and a watchmaker is I [as a watchmaker] have the capability to make parts if needed. Nowadays, most watches are battery-operated. There’s not a lot of moving parts involved. I can repair those and self-winding watches. But I do work on antiques. Not too many people work on them anymore. I love taking a 100-year-old mechanical pocket watch and bringing it back to life. I’ll clean it, oil it and put a new mainspring in it. It’s amazing how good of time they still keep after we do that. Bryan Hinton, The Diamond Studio, 970 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, 614-471-9339