Where it all began
David Carpenter’s watchmaking career began after leaving Portsmouth University in 2006, when he was employed at Breitling UK. He started out in the Breitling Service Centre polishing room, where he learnt how to re-finish the most intricate & complex watch cases & bracelets. He spent a year in that department before being selected to attend the British School of Watchmaking in Manchester.
Studying at the British School of Watchmaking, David completed the 3000 hour W.O.S.T.E.P (Watches of Switzerland Training and Educational Program).
Climbing up the ranks
After completing the W.O.S.T.E.P program, David took on a watchmaking role at Breitling UK. He spent five years gaining experience and working through the technical exams until he had achieved the highest possible level in the UK. In 2012, David was promoted to Workshop Manager, where he was responsible for the entire technical team consisting of over 40 members of staff.
A dream became a reality
Having always dreamt of running his own business, David launched DCIWS in 2015. Since then it has grown from strength to strength and now boasts an attractive shop front in the historical high of East Grinstead. Also on site is the state of the art, modern workshop which has received professional certification from several luxury brands.
“The watchmakers at David Carpenter Independent Watch Servicing have an abundance of experience across all luxury brands including Rolex, Cartier and Audemars Piguet, meaning we can deliver the best possible quality and efficient service for your timepiece.” Says David.
Specialist in the repair and restoration of antique clocks, Turret/Public clocks serviced and overhauled. John is qualified by the British Horological Institute and is also a member of the British Clock and Watchmakers Guild.
After graduating as a qualified Watchmaker in 2001, Gus joined Breitling and whilst there worked on all models including the Breitling BO in-house calibre. Gus then joined a multi-brand company, working on a large variety of luxury watches and gained accreditation with Audemars Piguet to Level RO40.
Gus started with DCIWS in January 2017 and enjoys being more involved with customers and their repairs, in particular restoring vintage watches
Head of Operations
Samantha has ten years of experience in the luxury watch industry, working in areas such as Customer Service, Watch Sales and Production Management. She spent six years at Breitling UK, three years with Bremont and more recently has worked with multi-brand companies. She enjoys all aspects of the watch industry, but in particular speaking with customers to find out more about the watches they love.
By entrusting us to look after your watch you can be sure that the very best care, quality and professionalism will be given to ensure any work required is carried out to the highest standard.