Rolex Watchmaking Training Center

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rolex Watchmaking Training Center is a tuition-free program, and all tools and learning materials needed to complete the course are provided. Additionally, students receive a monthly stipend of $1,800 to help offset cost-of-living expenses and to allow students to be engaged in the program full-time.

The course's final exam is administered in Geneva, Switzerland, and all expenses for this trip are covered by the RWTC as well.

The average starting salary is approximately $70,000 - $80,000 annually, depending on location of employment.

Possible job openings exist anywhere Rolex affiliates are located. You can check the map on the Rolex website for a complete list of affiliates (or look under "Store Locator" on

The goal of the Rolex Watchmaking Training Center is to play a vital role in preserving the art and heritage of watchmaking while equipping a new generation of watchmakers with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the industry. We expect employment opportunities to continue to be plentiful across North America and beyond.

We can only accept United States citizens and permanent residents at this time. Students on F, J, or M visas are not currently eligible for the Rolex Watchmaking Training Center, though this may change in the future.

We offer an eight-to-one (8:1) ratio of students to instructors. We believe that watchmaking education is best when it is hands-on and when students have the ability to work with more experienced watchmakers on a personal level. Courses are always intimate and engaging.

When applications are open, you can complete the application on our website.

The Rolex Watchmaking Training Center does not provide housing for students. However, the program administration can assist students in their housing search if needed.

Stipends are not considered wages and Rolex Watchmaking Training Center is not considered a student's employer, so income tax will not be withheld.

However, stipends are considered income for purposes of United States Federal Income Tax, so individual students will need to calculate and pay taxes on any stipends received as part of their annual federal tax filings. There is no state income tax in Texas.

There are no application fees. It is completely free to apply to the Rolex Watchmaking Training Center.

Applications reopen in January 2025.

No prior watchmaking knowledge or experience is required.

Graduates of RWTC will be Rolex Certified Watchmakers.

Classes begin in September and February and meet Monday through Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The complete course is 18 months and groups of students begin on a rotating schedule in both September and February.

No, all students must be committed full-time.

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