Guild’s watch parts database goes global

The Guild’s Watch Parts database is now available in four different languages following a surge in overseas interest. The Danish Guild of Watchmakers has approached us with a view to recommending the site to its members. In preparation for that, a Danish colleague has provided translations. French and German is also now available as well. Interest has also been shown from America and Australia.

Another new feature is the addition of CAD drawings for hard to obtain spare parts. A total of 16 are now listed that can be made in an individual’s own workshop with an investment of less than a £1,000. Included are such rareties as the Omega 320 hammer spring. Further parts will be added constantly so that a good database of do-it-yourself parts can be compiled over the next year.

In the last 30 days, the site had 728 users, of which 652 were new users. There was a total 970 online sessions and 5,846 page views. There are now 98 registered users who are listing 12,488 spare parts. A total of 226 requests for parts have gone through the site so far.

Guild Director Christian Dannemann, the site originator, is delighted with its success and says it is a much needed facility. ‘Each week we have new members registering and I am particularly delighted to welcome overseas colleagues to the site. We will do all we can to make the process easy by continuing to expand the number of languages available.’

A new section for requests has also been added, where users can list parts they are looking for, and other users can point them in the right direction.

The database is totally free to use and was launched by the Guild in a bid to help members find unusual parts and at the same time advertise surplus stock for sale. It can also been used privately as a on-line stock record.

www.watchparts.org.uk

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