As a second-generation watchmaker, I pride myself on customer service, superior workmanship, and the relationships forged in the process. Over the course of many years and certifications, I have honed the skills and knowledge necessary to properly assess both current and vintage timepieces, while recognizing the history and pedigree of what makes that watch special and unique. Over time, my work has transitioned into my true passion - a passion for excellence in craftsmanship.
-Phillip Ridley, CW21 Certified Watchmaker"
Phillip Ridley grew up admiring the complexity of his father’s work. Phillip knew that he loved working with his hands, building anything he could imagine. He has always loved trying to understand how things worked. As he matured, his focus leaned toward watchmaking. His aptitude, along with the understanding that Horology had become a “lost art”, made watchmaking the obvious career choice.
In 2015 Phillip received the sought after CW21. With this certification, he uses the 21st century applications on each and every Rolex and Omega watch, from vintage to modern. Phillip’s dedication has earned him recognition in the Rolex community treating every watch as if it was his own. He is an active participant in the Rolex community where he shares valuable insight and expertise.
In 2004 Phillip attended the Horology program in Paris, Texas. Mr. Frank Poye became his mentor which grew into a close bond over the two years. Phillip was quickly recognized in having the ability to excel; winning awards, such as “Student of the Year” and the Dean’s honor roll list. Phillip’s knowledge and willingness to mentor allowed him to become a positive role model for his classmates, graduating with honors and top of his class. Since then, Phillip has assisted in helping put together the book, The Vintage Rolex Field Manual.
HIGHLY SKILLED, CERTIFIED CRAFTSMAN
In 2006 he joined Watchmakers International, where over the next 15 plus years, he honed his skills while attending multiple AWCI (American Watchmaking Clockmaking Institute) courses. He completed numerouse classes, including…
Rolex 1530 Escapement by Mark Jones
Restoring a Timepiece by Henrik Korpela
Mechanical Autowind by Tom Schomaker
ETA 7750 chronograph by Tom Schomaker
Proper Oiling by Manuel Yazijian, to list a few
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