The quartz revolution on the 1980s almost wiped out the Swiss watch industry, which was slow to adapt. But as mechanicals came back in vogue in the 1990s and led to a Swiss watch boom, the legacy of the quartz crisis left an indelible mark in the watch making sector, which is reflected today by a lack of skilled staff. According to a recent study, 20,000 people skilled watchmakers need to be trained in the next 10 years to meet projected demands.
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