YORK, Pa. - Dan Nied runs his business out of a small, yet cozy, space on Market Street in York.
"People keep stopping in and say, what kind of doctors are in here, you know? None!," Nied said with a smirk.
Perhaps that's because the sign out front says "Daniel Nied, Horologist."
The only thing he's operating on is watches and clocks.
"Much less blood," Nied said.
Nied is a watchmaker, and perhaps, a bit of an old-timer.
"They don't exist anymore really," said Redwan Kholi.
When Kholi entered the jewelry business more than 30 years ago, there were 30 to 40 watchmakers in the Lehigh Valley.
"Now there's three in the whole Valley if you're lucky," Kholi said.
Society moved less toward fixing things, and more toward replacing them.
Plus, thanks to cell phones and other devices, people started shifting toward digital products.
But because so few watchmakers exist nowadays, there's a bit of a need for guys like Nied.
"There's a shortage. When you're in a shortage, you're in a good position to make a living," Nied said.
Demand started rising.
"The average repair is a couple years on something that's older," Nied said. "We are seeing a resurgence in people wanting to rejuvenate family pieces that have sat in drawers for ages."
"It's functional art. The first time I saw a mechanical watch, my mind was blown," said Alec Cepek.
Alec Cepek became fascinated with watches, and knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life and what he needed to do to get there.
"Every time I tell someone I'm going to watchmaking or clock making school, they immediately tell me, they didn't know that was a thing," Cepek said.
It's a thing, all right.
And it circles us back to Nied. His business in York--includes a school. He's the founder, and sole teacher, at the York Time Institute. It's a two-year training program.
"It's intense, they are here full time," Nied said.
There's less than 20 programs in the entire country.
Michael Fisher found his way there from Oklahoma. He left a mechanical engineering program for it.
"I got to my third year and I still hadn't gotten to the practical aspects of engineering. I wanted to make something, make a gear," Fisher said.
Shifting gears could lead him to a lucrative career.
"We just had someone start at $81K," Nied said.
Time is money after all, and Nied believes the profession will always stand the test of time.