October 15, 2021

WATCHMAN, Texas — Watchmakers are starting to sharpen their screws to ensure that they will not be used in a sharpening process, according to a statement from the Watchmaker Institute, a trade association representing manufacturers.

The industry has been growing steadily over the past two decades, and the industry has seen its annual trade deficit shrink from $3.4 billion in 2008 to just over $300 million in 2016, according the Watchmakers Institute.

It said there are more than 500 watchmakers, and more than 60,000 tools used for the industry.

“The industry’s future depends on a safe and secure industry, a stable supply chain, and a strong safety record,” said Chris M. Hargis, vice president of the Watch Maker Institute.

“It is imperative that watchmakers ensure they are making safe tools that are used safely and responsibly.”

For more information on watchmaking and sharpeners, visit watchmakers.org.