Life & Times Of Watchmaker Derek Pratt

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Life & Times Of Watchmaker Derek Pratt

Postby koimaster » January 12th 2017, 4:24pm

The Life And Times Of Legendary Independent Watchmaker Derek Pratt

by Elizabeth Doerr

Derek Pratt (1938 – 2009) was born in Orpington, Kent in the South of England, and spent his childhood interested in any and all mechanical objects.

He was first educated at Beckenham Technical School – where he met Derek Goldsmith, with whom he would later design a thermostatic mixer valve, which they sold to Aqualisa. In 1956 he began learning watchmaking at the National College of Horology in London, doing a three-year course as an apprentice of Smith & Sons.

Though he was a top student, he left the school without completing his exams. As longtime friend and noted English watch journalist and author Timothy Treffry explained in the introduction to the proceedings from the British Horological Institute’s Derek Pratt commemorative seminar on September 18, 2011, “Traditionally, and when he embarked on the course, final-year students had completed a pocket watch, finishing and casing an ébauche. This project was suddenly changed to one on instrumentation. Derek refused to accept the change.” ... atchmaker/


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