While I do read the forum quite regularly, I don’t contribute as my written Dutch isn’t really good enough. However, as this thread is about me specifically, I thought I should reply, even if it is in English… I hope I’m not breaking the rules Henrik!
I must say I’m surprised to see my work being discussed here, and thanks everyone for your positive comments. As Menno suggested, I get work from a variety of sources so I already have enough jobs coming in; the blog alone is getting over 11,000 hits per month (and rising) which generates enough work on its own.
The only thing I am short of is time. To service a watch ‘properly’ and to a standard I’m happy with takes time. Some watchmakers rinse complete movements in Duo-Lube (a cleaning and oiling solution in one) to save time, then regulate and return them, but that’s not what I’m about. The trick is doing a thorough job at a price that is acceptable to both me and my customer. That isn’t always an easy balance to find, but I’m sure other watchmakers have the same problem.
It’s true that I take on some jobs that other watchmakers wouldn’t, ie. vintage watches that require discontinued parts, but in most cases they are the most interesting projects, so if I have to invest an extra hour of my own time here and there then I don’t mind. Though obviously I can’t do that endlessly.
I will have to make some changes to the kind of work I’m doing going forward, but I see this as a trial period, and if it turns out not to be financially viable then I’ll go back to working on my own projects and find work elsewhere… McDonalds always seem to be hiring here in Breda.
Thanks for your continued support.