Saturday, February 24, 2024

New Rolex Watchmaking Training Center Opens

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Rolex is launching a free watchmaking school in Dallas, Texas, and will give each student $1,800 in stipend, in the latest sign of the swiss-watch industry's demand for qualified watchmakers despite record employment. 

No prior watchmaking knowledge or experience is required to apply, the brand said. 

 “We are accepting 15 students in the fall (September) and another 15 students in the spring (March). We have already received more than 40 applicants for our September 2024 cohort,” a representative at the Rolex Training Center said via email. 

The new Rolex watchmaking school, its second in the U.S. after the Lititz Watch Technicum in Pennsylvania, will hold its inaugural class in Sept. 2024. “Our program is the only one in the United States to focus a full six months on Rolex watches,” Rolex said. 

Each course culminates with a final exam at Rolex headquarters in Geneva. 

More than 4,400 new jobs were created in the Swiss watch industry last year. Rolex alone is listing over 250 job openings on its career website. The Crown counts over 9,000 employees, according to estimates.

Rolex launched a recruitment center in Bulle in December to staff a new production facility. The Swiss watch industry now totals more than 65,000 employees, a level that has not been reached since the 1970s.

To learn more or to apply to Rolex's new watchmaking training center, click here