The Priest, the Watchmaker and the Apprentice
With a title like that one might expect a Caribbean mystery novel or the opening of a colorful joke.
However, this is neither. Rather, this is a short tale of how a British priest traveling India in 1890 shared his watchmaking and repair knowledge with a man whose grandson would eventually land in the Cayman Islands and continue the tradition. Adrian Fernandez is a gifted watchmaker. He has worked and studied all over the world and with some of the best luxury watch brands. Training to be a certified watchmaker can take up to five years – to be really proficient with watch complications can take even longer. However, Adrian has also found time to mentor a young Caymanian by the name of Marc Brown (the Apprentice).
Marc has been at the bench for four and half years and is already handling service for most quartz and mechanical watches. This includes cleaning, lubrication and adjusting the jewels for timing. In fact, Marc has just completed the Watchmaker Evaluation 1120 Exam in the USA and passed with flying colors. This is no ordinary multiple choice test. Rather, this is a six hour exam whereby the student is given a non-functioning mechanical watch that must be completely disassembled and the repair issues corrected. Further, once repaired, the watch must meet strict timing standards to ensure a passing grade. Marc’s accomplishment and passing grade is but a link in a chain that began in 1890. The gift of wisdom from the watchmaker priest might have been forever lost if not shared with others. The management at Island Jewellers are ensuring that the next generation of watchmakers is prepared to service these incredible, mechanical instruments.
Watches, like automobiles, need to be serviced regularly to perform properly. If you’d like to have your mechanical or quartz watch serviced, please visit our watch experts at Island Jewellers (under Margaritaville) or give them a call at 945-3122 for any service enquiry.