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List of famous male watchmakers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male watchmakers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being watchmakers. There are thousand of males working as watchmakers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic watchmakers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a watchmaker then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Harry Penn, Dan Spitz and more.

While this isn't a list of all male watchmakers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male watchmakers?" and "Who are the best male watchmakers?"
Pierre de Beaumarchais is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Watchmakers
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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary. Born a provincial watchmaker's son, Beaumarchais rose in French society and became influential in the court of Louis XV as an inventor and music teacher. He made a number of important business and social contacts, played various roles as a diplomat and spy, and had earned a considerable fortune before a series of costly court battles jeopardized his reputation. An early French supporter of American independence, Beaumarchais lobbied the French government on behalf of the American rebels during ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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Dan Spitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Watchmakers
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Daniel Alan Spitz is an American musician, best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the American heavy metal band Anthrax from 1983 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2007. More recently, Spitz has performed in the heavy metal group Red Lamb. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: New York, United States of America

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Thomas Earnshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Watchmakers
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Thomas Earnshaw

Thomas Earnshaw was an English watchmaker who following John Arnold's earlier work, further simplified the process of marine chronometer production, making them available to the general public. He is also known for his improvements to the transit clock at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London and his invention of a chronometer escapement and a form of bimetallic compensation balance. In 1780, he devised a modification to the detached chronometer escapement, the detent being mounted on a spring instead of on pivots. This spring detent escapement was patented by Thomas Wright in 1783. Whilst initially the design was crude and unsuccessful, with modifications it later became the standard ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 80 (1749-1829)

Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Dietrich Gruen

Dietrich Gruen, was a German born watchmaker who emigrated to the United States in the 1860s and later founded the Gruen watch Company. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 64 (1847-1911)

Birthplace: Osthofen, Germany