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Member Spotlight on Clay Minton

03 Apr 2017 9:55 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

Written by Dennis Warner, CW21

If you have been a member of the CC for any period of time, I am sure you have seen the name Clay Minton.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with him many times, but I never got to know him well. This interview has made clear his love for horology and jewelry.

Clay was born in Fort Worth, Texas  in 1950. His education consisted of:

  • Desert High School, Edwards Air Force Base, CA  1968
  • A.S. Tarrant County Jr. College, Ft Worth, TX  1970
  • B.S. Texas Wesleyan University, Ft Worth, TX  1972
  • M.S. Utah State University, Logan, UT  1973

He started his watchmaking training with his father at age 12. He then proceeded onto the Fort Worth School of Watchmaking where upon graduation became a watchmaking  instructor.

In 1982, he returned to work with his father until his father passed away.

Clay's activities outside of his business include:

Being a member of AWCI, NAWCC, The Chronometer Club, and advisor to the Texas Institute of Jewelry at Paris, Tx. In 2003, his activity in his church got him featured as a Christian Watchmaker in "Evangel International Magazine". Other publications where he has been published:

  • The Horological Times
  • Stuller's "From the Bench"
  • Watch Repair Times
  • The New Jeweler

He has been profiled by Jewelers as a "Industry Star" in 2001 and titled "Careers in the Jewelry Industry".

His work load consists of mid to high grade watches and is referred by Zodiac  to customers who are wanting to get their vintage Zodiacs repaired,

Along with his wife Sharon and two daughters, they are very active in their church, the Church of God, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, Pastor's Advisory Council, and Christian Education Committee.

In their leisure time, they have raised quarter horses and enjoy calf roping and trail riding.

You can see how active he is, but he always has time for tips for our organization. I remember his tips on how tight a screw should be and where to send your high priced dial for refinishing.

Clay, thanks for your input to The Chronometer Club. 

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