Mechanically minded Seth Kennedy came to antiquarian horology after working as a design engineer. He now services, repairs, and restores antique pocket watches using his own tools and techniques, a method endorsed in a treasured letter from the great British watchmaker, George Daniels.

With a 2018 QEST Britford Bridge Trust Scholarship, Seth developed his pocket watch case-making skills, particularly rose engine turning for decoration, by training with two experts. Steven Keen provided 10 days of tuition to help Seth select machinery, and Seattle-based Brittany Nicole Cox spent a week with Seth in his workshop to assist with set-up and practice. Seth currently works from his studio in Grandey’s Place, Hertfordshire.

“There are only a few people in the UK making cases professionally. By bringing engine turning in-house, I can offer a more complete service, make higher quality cases, and perform better repairs on decorated cases.”