St Andrews - Watch Building Experience with Kartel Scotland

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St Andrews, GB
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St Andrews, GB
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Experience the thrill of creating your own personalized watch in the heart of historic St Andrews. Join our expert watch builder for an immersive 1-hour experience where you'll delve into the rich history of local watch manufacturing and our brand, gaining inspiration for your own timepiece. Choose from over 900 combinations of case designs and straps, crafted from luxurious metals, leathers, cashmere, wool, and authentic Harris Tweed. Our master watch builder will guide you through the assembly process, ensuring your finished wristwatch is a true reflection of your unique style. Personalize your creation even further with a bespoke engraving, adding a special message to the case back. With £155 store credit included towards the watch you build, this memorable experience is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or retirements. Indulge in local Scottish produce as you embark on this one-of-a-kind journey, leaving with a watch designed and crafted by you to cherish forever. Book your St Andrews watch building experience with Kartel Scotland today.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Selection of local Scottish produce
  • Guided tour of local watch manufacturing history
  • Over 900 combinations to choose from
  • Assembly of chosen components with master watch builder
  • Personalize watch with bespoke engraving
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • £245 retail credit for your custom built watch
  • Engraving equipment

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Welcome to St Andrews, the historic town known for its rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in a unique experience at Kartel Scotland's Watch Building Experience, where you have the opportunity to create your own personalized timepiece. This one-of-a-kind activity allows you to not only select and assemble your ideal watch but also add a special engraved message, making it a truly sentimental keepsake.

What to expect?

During this 1-hour experience, you will be warmly greeted by our master watch builder at our workshop in St Andrews. As you sip on local Scottish whisky, beer, or wine, and savor delicious nibbles and Scottish tablet, you will be introduced to the fascinating history of local watch manufacturing and the inspiring story behind our brand. Prepare to be awed by the extensive range of case designs and straps, including metals, leathers, cashmere, and authentic Harris Tweed options. With over 900 combinations available, you'll have the opportunity to create a watch that reflects your unique style and preferences. You will then embark on a hands-on journey, guided by our master watch builder, as you assemble the components of your chosen timepiece. From selecting the case and straps to fitting the intricate mechanisms together, you will witness your creation come to life before your eyes.

Who is this for?

This watch building experience is perfect for anyone with a passion for craftsmanship, design, and personalization. Whether you're a watch enthusiast, a fashion-savvy individual looking for a unique accessory, or someone seeking a memorable gift for a loved one, this experience caters to all. We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. No prior experience is required, as our master watch builder will guide you every step of the way.

Why book this?

This watch building experience offers a myriad of reasons to make it a must-do activity during your time in St Andrews. By booking this experience, you not only gain a stunning and personalized timepiece but also become part of a rich tradition of local watch manufacturing. The joy of creating something with your own hands, combined with the sentimental value of adding a bespoke engraved message, makes this experience truly unforgettable. It's the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, or retirement, as you create a timeless memento that will evoke cherished memories for years to come.

Good to know

Please note that this experience includes a 1-hour duration and £155 store credit towards the watch you build. The workshop is conveniently located in St Andrews, allowing you to easily explore the town's other attractions before or after your visit. Our workshop also provides a warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with local Scottish produce and beverages, ensuring a delightful and immersive experience. You don't need any prior knowledge or tools as everything required for the watch building process will be provided.


Customers have praised the watch building experience, highlighting the impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. They have expressed their delight in being able to design their own unique watch, personalizing it to reflect their individual style and personality. Many have also commented on the knowledgeable and friendly nature of the master watch builder, who made the experience enjoyable for both watch enthusiasts and novices alike. Overall, the reviews consistently emphasize the satisfaction and joy derived from this hands-on watch building journey.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

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9 Church St

St. Andrews



5 (37)


We went to the shop for a watch building experience for my husband's birthday. From the minute we walked into the shop the experience was fantastic. You can tell there's real care behind the brand and the experience. I was an observer and we were offered drinks immediately along with some nice Scottish shortbread. We were aware of the brand but the explanation behind the business really drove home the reasoning behind the beautiful simplicity of the designs. Each option and variation was explained and the thought behind the design as well as the options that currently weren't in stock in store. We had a fantastic time, felt really looked after and came away with something to be cherished for a lifetime! Thank you Dale, we had a fantastic experience that we will remember for a very long time!


Met with Dale in St Andrews today. So good to meet someone so professional,knowledgeable and passionate about their products. Watchmaking was a great experience and we are very pleased with both watches we bought. Great afternoon. Thank you


My Wife bought me this experience for Christmas spending £175, knowing my love of watches as I do have a small collection. The experience was actually in London. Whilst I didn't expect to building a watch from scratch I did expect to be exposed to a real watchmaker in a watchmaker's workshop. This is just a retail shop and the experience is choosing a watch face and strap and having it put together by a young girl who has been with the firm 5 months. Pleasant enough but not a watchmaker. The watch is over-priced for what it is. You can't even read the date window without a magnifying glass. The "free" engraving was not offered. Now at £245 this is an experience in my opinion to be avoided.


Ben was fantastic. Minor scheduling snafu that got resolved. Otherwise very cool experience and great introduction to Scotland and St Andrews!


This is a must try! Dill was absolutely amazing, complimentary whiskey and snacks were really good. They were so loving and patient. I got this for my partner and I’ve never seen him happier.


A great experience. Ben was informative, told the story of watch making in the local area and then helped me to design my own watch. A number of styles, faces, colours and straps allowed me to pick a watch that I wanted. Whilst ‘building it ‘ was perhaps a little over-egging the pudding, I did put the pieces together and helped design my personal engraving - with a lot of help from Ben. In sum, this was a great hour or so - an ideal present for those folks (like me) who are difficult to buy for. And it was complemented with a bit of millionaire’s shortbread washed down with a fine Aberfeldy!


Given as a birthday gift by my wife, we both attended and had a fabulous experience with Dale. What a laugh we both had or was it just at me. We left with 2 watches a had a great time.


Just returned from a watch building experience I received as a gift. Could not recommend highly enough. While the voucher said an hour, I spent almost 2 in the company of Ben. Had the fortune of being the only customer that morning, so after an introduction into Kartel, followed by a history of watch making in the area, general chat on watches of all types and then had a great opportunity to look at the whole Kartel range and all the options available. In the end I purchased a Cameron with a black and white lambs wool strap. An experience for those who love watches or are just looking for something a little different in St Andrews.

Andrew C

A very fun and different experience. Dale is good company and the watches are cool. They both look good and have solid movements in the back. Shop aesthetic is great and snacks and drinks throughout the visit. Easy to recommend!


Used my watch building experience voucher as an extra birthday treat had a good time in the well kept shop. Lots of chat and help for the staff on the day. Would recommend going up and making a day of it in St Andrew’s
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