The Essential Watchmaking Tool Buying Guide for Beginners

Watchmaking Tool Buying Guide for Beginners


Greetings, watch enthusiasts! I’m David and today I’m excited to share a comprehensive guide on the essential tools you’ll need to embark on your watchmaking journey. Whether you’re curious about the inner workings of timepieces or aiming to dive deep into the art of watch servicing, this guide will help you make informed choices for your tool kit.

When it comes to watchmaking tools, you’ll encounter two broad options: high-quality tools from renowned Swiss brands like Bergeon and Horatek, and generic, lower-quality tools often originating from China. While the allure of budget-friendly options may be tempting for beginners, I’ll guide you on when to opt for generic tools and when it’s worth investing in quality.

The Basics:

To start your watchmaking venture, you’ll need three fundamental tools: screwdrivers, tweezers, and magnification. I recommend a set of screwdrivers, like the Bergeon set I use, containing sizes from 0.8mm to 2mm. While generic versions can be a budget-friendly choice, investing in quality screwdrivers ensures durability and replaceable blades.

For tweezers, a versatile number two tweezer from brands like Dumont is recommended. The generic ones may suffice initially, but the longevity of quality tweezers makes them a wise investment. Magnification, provided by a loop, is crucial for intricate work. A 4x magnification loop is a good starting point, with generic versions available at a lower cost.

Additional Tools for Further Exploration:

As your interest in watchmaking deepens, consider expanding your toolkit with the following:

  1. Movement Holder: Bergeon’s 4040 or 4040p ensures stability while working on movements. While generic versions exist, investing in quality holders is advisable for long-term use.
  2. Casing Cushion: An essential for placing the movement during casing or hand-setting, both Bergeon and generic options are available.
  3. Cleaning Tray: To organize and protect parts during the cleaning process, you can opt for a generic tray that serves the same purpose as high-quality alternatives.
  4. Work Mat: A work mat provides a dedicated space for watchmaking tasks. Generic options work well for beginners.
  5. Hand Removal Tools: Hand levers or a Presto tool are essential for removing hands from the watch. While generic options exist, precision tools like those from Bergeon are recommended.
  6. Hand Fitting Tool: Bergeon’s hand fitting tool, with replaceable tips, ensures precision when refitting hands. A generic version is available at a lower cost.
  7. Peg Wood: Shaped wooden pieces for various tasks like cleaning, scraping, and manipulating watch parts.
  8. Ultrasonic Cleaner: While professional cleaners are expensive, generic ultrasonic cleaners offer an affordable alternative for home use.
  9. Case Opening Tools: A rubber ball or Jaxa tool helps open different types of watch cases. The rubber ball is a cost-effective choice, while a Jaxa tool is more durable.
  10. Case Knife: For opening snap-on case backs, a case knife is essential. Bergeon and generic options are available.
  11. Finger Cots or Gloves: Protect your hands while handling delicate parts. Both high-quality and generic options are suitable.
  12. Air Blower: Use an air blower to dry parts and ensure a dust-free environment during reassembly.
  13. Spring Bar Tool: For removing watch bands or bracelets, consider a Bergeon or generic spring bar tool.
  14. Oiling Tools: Invest in quality oils like Mobius for lubrication, and consider ergonomic oilers for precision application.
  15. Oil Cup: Keep your oils clean and accessible with a quality oil cup or opt for a more budget-friendly alternative.


Embarking on the fascinating journey of watchmaking requires the right tools, and this guide aims to equip you with the essentials. While investing in quality tools is advisable for long-term enthusiasts, beginners can explore the hobby with a carefully curated selection of generic tools. Start with the basics, immerse yourself in the art, and gradually expand your toolkit as you delve deeper into the intricate world of watchmaking.

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