In the small Swiss haute horlogerie community one might view Daniel A. Spitz as an abnormality. You see he is an American that headed down a path toward the most covertly guarded secrets of Swiss high horology, to be unmasked into his hands.
Daniel A. Spitz is a third generation Master Watchmaker. He remembers sitting on his Grandfather’s lap in his watch and jewelry store in the Catskill Mountains of New York when he was eight years old staring at the inside of a Patek Philippe in amazement. His childhood bedroom resembled piles of torn apart mechanical and electrical devices from not only his father’s giving, but most of his neighbors. He just had a viable way to somehow repair what others gave up on.
He is the former head Master Watchmaker of Complications Specialist and instructor for Chopard, North and South America, as well as being the creator of all teaching courses for other watchmakers. He held these same positions for Leviev watchmaking for 5 years. He has owned and operated three restoration and after sales service centers specializing in pre 1960’s mechanical complicated timepieces. He holds a 4 year watchmaking degree from the Bulova school of watchmaking and has received the scholarship, and graduated from, the most prestigious traditionally trained watchmaking school on our planet, WOSTEP, in the heart of watchmaking, Neuchatel, Switzerland. He was taught by the courses creator Antoine Simonin in Switzerland. Mr.Spitz was also a ghost builder for many brands, did consulting on parts longevity of new calibers coming to market for Chopard such as the 4 barrel LUC quattro caliber, as well as other major brands. He has extensive knowledge of vintage time pieces.
Mr. Spitz also holds the prestigious Swiss title of being nominated for the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) member and invited by personal invitation from the academy to be a juror of the GPHG awards.. The equivalent of the Oscars for Watchmaking.