Watchfinder & Co. watchmaker becomes the first independent female to be accredited by Omega
Sarah-Jane King, one of nine watchmakers at Watchfinder & Co, has passed her Omega evaluation and is now the first independent female watchmaker to have been awarded the Omega qualification through the Swatch Group UK. We thought you Fashion Runway readers might want to know!
The accreditation coincided with the completion of Sarah’s Watchfinder watchmaking apprenticeship. She is the first fully accredited watchmaker to have undergone her training solely at Watchfinder and no where else, under the guidance of the amazing head watchmaker, former Rolex and Breitling Senior Watchmaker, Tony Williams.
Watchfinder’s service centre is the only independent UK base that holds certification for Omega, IWC, Panerai, Cartier and Audemars Piguet, so Sarah’s achievement is something to definitely be proud of. We congratulate her on the achievement.
“Overall I am really proud to have achieved this certification so early on in my career, hopefully I can encourage more women to take up watchmaking in the future. I am looking forward to learning new and more complex calibers and focusing on one day becoming a senior Watchmaker” Said Sarah-Jane.
Sarah-Jane began her career in the watch industry as a Sequential Parts Technician when she joined Rolex in 2010, however, she says her love for watchmaking only began when she joined Watchfinder’s watchmaking apprentice scheme in 2013 as she started to discover the intricacies of a wide variety of watches across a vast array of brands. I’m not surprised as I think it’s a highly fascinating job and skill.
Watchfinders service centre is based in Maidstone and currently has over 40 people across watchmakers, technicians, case polishers and quality controllers, working as part of their team. Together, they service and polish 1,700 watches a month, fueled by the public’s rapidly growing appetite for pre-owned timepieces. This makes them one of the best pre-owned luxury watch retailers in the UK, in our opinion. Have you ever bought from them?