Dhakaiya Profession

Clock and Watch Repairer

Posted in Watch repairman by rrasheeka on April 14, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

To be able to repair anything is to be able to master an art. Repairing,to me, is an art which requires a lot of patience and dedication. At one time, one of the major sources of income of the people living in Old Dhaka was by repairing things. Clock and Watch repairing was one such profession.

Although repairing clock and watches did not generate a large income, yet the income that was earned from it was enough to enable the repairer to feed his family properly. Life was not easy, but it wasn’t so difficult. Clocks and watches were expensive accessories then and so difficult to purchase. So the people brought their clocks and watches to be repaired if it gave them any trouble. But now, clocks and watches are available as well as affordable for most people. They hardly need to repair a watch or a clock if it doesn’t work properly. They can just buy a new one. Moreover, at one time, only Old Dhaka had watch repairers. Now there are watch repairers throughout the city. So, only the people who live in Old Dhaka get their watches repaired by the repairers of Old Dhaka. All these have resulted in the fall in demand for such people. With the very small income that they earn, their survival

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  1. yeameen said, on April 22, 2009 at 5:31 am

    But now, clocks and watches are available as well as affordable… – thats the point. Now mechanical clocks are near to extinct and replaced gradually by the maintenance free, cheap, battery driven clocks. So, do the business of clock/watch repairing.

    The world is even moving faster these days. Nobody knows what will be the job market 5 years from now, let alone our whole life.

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

      very true.


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