Rolex Watchmaking Training Center

Tim Rabe

Technical Instructor

Fresh out of high school, Tim Rabe began his journey apprenticing as a goldsmith at a wholesale jeweler, with a particular focus on stone-setting. After a decade of learning his craft, Rabe transitioned to working as an in-store jeweler, handling everything from custom designs to sizing. Eventually, a watchmaker colleague mentioned needing help and Rabe left his native Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to attend watchmaking school in Texas. He returned for that job before going on to work for major watch brands in their North American service centers, giving him exposure to a completely different set of challenges and processes.

But Rabe always knew that he eventually wanted to teach. He remembered that feeling of satisfaction he had when he started his watchmaking education and realized this was the path for him – and it is his desire to share that feeling with each of his own students. He strives to help each student realize their own potential and to figure out what facets of watchmaking bring them the most joy and excitement. He believes that constantly learning and growing is the key to a happy and successful career in watchmaking.

Tim Rabe Rolex Watchmaking Technical Instructor

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Texas Institute of Jewelry at Paris Junior College
Kayaking and spending time outdoors.
Paul Curtin under whom Rabe apprenticed at a jewelry store early in his career and from whom he learned the basics of what it actually means to work as a watchmaker
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