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Personalized Watch Building Experience

St Andrews, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Bobby

60 mins
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will be met from the owner of Kartel Scotland upon arrival at our work shop in St Andrews for a warm welcome. Tea, Coffee, Whiskey, local beer, local wine is the order of the day along with fresh local fruit and Scottish tablet.

We will tell you in the story of our brand and history of local watch manufacturing to help you get inspired to build your own creation.

We will guide you through our range options of different case designs to find what best suites your style and needs. Once the watch case has been selected we then move on the the vast range of straps in Leather, Johnstone of Elgin wools and cashmere along with Harris Tweed options.

Once the metal work has been selected (Buckles) your master watch maker (Dale) will guide you through the assembly of the components to create a finished watch.

We then move on the further personalising with engraving. You will manage the engraving machine and watch your timepiece come to life.

And there you have a unique watches designed and made by you.
You will be met from the owner of Kartel Scotland upon arrival at our work shop in St Andrews for a warm welcome. Tea, Coffee, Whiskey, local beer, local wine is the order of the day along with fresh local fruit and Scottish tablet.

We will tell you in the story of our brand and history of local watch manufacturing to help you get inspired to build your own creation.

We will guide you through our range options of different c…

Bobby's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    Scottish Tablet, Fresh Berries and home made Shortbread.
  • Drinks
    Whiskey, Wine or Beer all local to St Andrews will be on offer along with T...
  • Equipment
    Included in the price is £100 worth of retail credit to build and keep your...
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Mon, 8 Mar
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Tue, 9 Mar
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Wed, 10 Mar
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Meet your host, Bobby

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 23 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am the founder and owner of Kartel Scotland. I have been designing and manufacturing watches for over ten years and own a wonderful shop and work shop in St Andrews, Scotland where I assemble each watch we sell.

I have a passion for everything Scottish including my West Highland Terrier called Betty ( who you will meet). Traveling the world and my two young girls and wife is what makes me happy in life.
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Where you'll be

Our shop and workshop is in the heart of St Andrews located in 9 Church Street. With Harris Tweed walls and traditional Scottish junkers flooring along with bespoke lighting you will feel inspired to create.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Elaine
July 2020
We enjoyed our watch building experience very much. The shop was designed and fitted by the brothers, the visual merchandising impeccable and in sync with the their Scottish brand identity. The personal interaction was pitched perfectly between product knowledge and general chatting. We were encouraged to interact with all elements of the experience and walked away with 2 new engraved watches and a smile on our faces. Elaine and Jim
We enjoyed our watch building experience very much. The shop was designed and fitted by the brothers, the visual merchandising impeccable and in sync with the their Scottish brand…
Helen
February 2020
This is a lovely experience. We got to design our own watches and see what the finished product would be like before we made our final decision. At first, we couldn't see how the experience would last an hour but it did, and more. Just so nice to take our time over our choices and decide on our engraving. A lovely way to spend a morning.
This is a lovely experience. We got to design our own watches and see what the finished product would be like before we made our final decision. At first, we couldn't see how the…
James
February 2020
I came across this experience on Airbnb when booking a weekend away for my girlfriends birthday and couldn't believe this was actually a possibility nearby. We both loved the experience and came away with personalised watches that we are very happy with. Dale was very informative, helpful and friendly as well as patient as we took our time to choose our watch elements before assembling them. There was even a selection of drinks including quality whisky and beer as well as snacks provided, included in the experience. Great value for your money.. for the price of a quality watch you also get a great experience and served drinks and snacks.
I came across this experience on Airbnb when booking a weekend away for my girlfriends birthday and couldn't believe this was actually a possibility nearby. We both loved the exper…
Helen
December 2019
Als Schweizer (und somit aus einem Land, das bekannt für seine Uhren ist) in Schottland eine eigene Uhr zusammenzustellen, mag vielleicht etwas seltsam klingen. Doch es hat a) viel Spass gemacht und b) sind unsere Uhren toll geworden und echt exklusiv. Der Workshop ist gut geführt, John verfügt über viel Wissen und eine angenehme Art. Ich kann den Anlass sehr empfehlen: Wir haben es genossen und die Uhren sind eine wunderschöne Erinnerung an unseren Urlaub in Schottland.
Als Schweizer (und somit aus einem Land, das bekannt für seine Uhren ist) in Schottland eine eigene Uhr zusammenzustellen, mag vielleicht etwas seltsam klingen. Doch es hat a) viel…
Michael
December 2019
Excellent experience! I learned about their history and got to create a watch to calm my own. On top of that they offered up local hot spots and gave me some insight to Scotland and St Andrews.
Nicola
December 2019
We had such a great afternoon building my husband's watch for his birthday today, he's so happy with it. It really is something to treasure, especially with our little one's handwriting engraved on the back. We were made to feel so welcome and even our two young children left feeling completely spoilt! So glad I found this experience on Airbnb, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for a special occasion. Thank you!
We had such a great afternoon building my husband's watch for his birthday today, he's so happy with it. It really is something to treasure, especially with our little one's handwr…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

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