Watchmakers, Great Job

What time is it?

I look at my watch.

3:30 p.m, time to do a little walking.

The thin little second hand on my watch sets me to thinking,

One of the best skills is being a watchmaker.

He needs a steady hand. Their primary tool is a pair of tweezers.

He often breaks down the basic components of the smallest of watches.

I, as a machinist, am in awe of this skill.

A watchmaker is not the highest paid of all trades, but it should be.

I once asked a watchmaker how long it took him to learn his skills.

“A lifetime.”

Watchmakers everywhere hear this, my hat is off to you.

I worry that your skills will soon be redundant. 

We are now on “digital” time.

It’s called progress.

Is it?

P.S. The next time I see a watchmaker, I will ask them, “Can you repair a digital watch?”

(July 14, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.