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Beginner Watchmaking: How to Build Your Very First Watch [Kindle Edition]

Tim Swike
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book will introduce you to the fascinating world of watch making. It is designed for the average person with zero knowledge of watch mechanics, building, or repair. This book will teach you some of the basics on how a watch works. It will also show you where to buy the right watch parts, how to assemble them, and how to regulate the time. Don't buy another $1000 watch when you can build a similar one for $100. This book also comes with a full color PDF file ebook for your computer or smart phone.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 22407 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456451650
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: createspace (December 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GNFJ4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely well done January 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
I tinkered a bit with modding Seiko watches and found that I really enjoyed it. I wanted to take it to the next level and stumbled onto the e-book version of Beginner Watchmaking while searching for tutorials and instruction. I figured that if I was going to start tinkering with watches I needed to know what I was doing. I purchased my copy from that popular auction site and although there were previews it was difficult for me to tell if the book would be useful or not. So basically I took a leap of faith and bought it. (I noticed the amazon previews are much easier to see)

I had hoped to learn about how to disassemble watches and rebuild with custom parts. I'm happy to say that all of this information is in there in much greater detail than I could have possibly hoped for. This alone was worth the cost of admission. But what inspired me to write a review was all of the "bonus" stuff I hadn't bargained for. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the inner workings of the watch, the various parts, how they all work together etc. It's so much more than just a DIY book. I feel confident that I have a solid base of understanding to build on.

When you consider the subject matter it could certainly make for a boring or overly technical book. Not so in this case. The information is presented in a style I particularly enjoy; lots and lots of clear, well-done photos with a perfect ratio of text. It's an enjoyable read and after getting through the entire book one time I felt that I had grasped most of it. At two-hundred, eighty-something pages there's a lot of info in there. It's all good solid stuff with no filler.

So my leap of faith paid off. I feel that I got more than my money's worth and it doesn't get much better than that.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just got the book, but am impressed! March 4, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the perfect sort of book for CreateSpace or the like. It's one person's hobby/interest which a regular publisher would have a hard time justifying turning into a book, but which is a great resource for other people. I just got it, and am very impressed with the book. Good close-up photos (do note that the images on the amazon listing make the pages look to be in color, they are in black & white, don't be disappointed!), websites to check out, and useful text explanations. The step by step instructions look easy to follow. Very nice!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Place to Start February 13, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is definitely a good place to start in the hobby of watchmaking. It is apparent, though, that when it was published budget was a huge part. You can tell that the book was also written by a watchmaker and not an author, so it is in plain, uncomplicated language. Even though this book is not the highest quality book, it does contain a lot of useful information and is a great place to start. The author gives you planting of websites to buy parts off of and to look at for even more info.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth it September 10, 2011
By Garns
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly, the price of this book is appealing, however it lacks a lot of content. The book is poorly edited with images not corresponding to text and is basically a list of terms associated with parts of the watch. The author uses many photo's to illustrate parts of the watch and makes reference to many online sellers of spare parts and new movements.

However with a bit of time spent on the web and not much knowledge on watches i managed to find these links and descriptions of various parts. What I was hoping for was to actually be taken through a watch build and have some technecal knowledge that I would not be able to glean from the web easily.
This book was disappointing. I got through it in two hours not really knowing all too much that i could of gotten straight from the web.
The author was more focussed on rehashing existing watches with new hands and dails than actually illustrating the intricate details of watch making. It seems that this book was quickly put together by a student that had to hand in an assignment the next day.
The web has much better content!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Loved this book.

I don't understand the negative reviews...kinda arrogant.

Also, I was turned off by the other "beginning books". They turned out to be not so beginning (and incredibly boring).

This book, on the other hand, will get you up and running.

Here's the gist of what it includes:

1) Explanations of how watches works. Kinda not helpful since so many other places (on youtube, and animates on the web) explain how watches work so much better. Books are hard to learn from on this matter. But I think this book does as good as any other on the basic mechanics.

2)Websites to browse and buy materials from. This is actually pretty important. To those in the field, all this may seem really obvious...But to beginners, such as myself, it was a godsend. I spent hours on the sites looking at things, planning, etc.

3) A step by step tear down and reconstruction of a typical watch. As a negative reviwer pointed out "all this book does is tell you how to replace movements", etc. But yea, so what??? That is precisely where I want to start as a beginner. I'm not looking to rebuild a movement as a first project. This book starts at the logical first point.

Because of this book I successful took apart an old Diesel quartz watch I had sitting around...and put it back together. It was fun.

Buy this book if you want a good place to start and ignore the arrogant old men saying this book is bad.

Also, the kindle version is damn good. Full color pics still....so it reads well, and you can get it instantly.

Good luck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for REAL beginners
This is truly for anyone who has no idea how a timepiece works. In that respect it's pretty good. But it's geared towards simply assembling a watch (buying hands, bands, dials,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nola Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner Watchmaking
Contains a lot of clear photo information. In fact a picture is said to be worth a thousand words. Very useful information.
Published 4 days ago by Cliff and Doreen Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book!
Most informative book for someone like me who knows next to nothing about repairing watches. I have problems with watches that require no winding!
Published 9 days ago by Peter Gallo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book has a current text with valuable informations about parts of the watch, tools and sites where you can to find watch parts. I liked it and recommend.
Published 11 days ago by Samuel Dias Neto
2.0 out of 5 stars use the internet , its free
This book contains only the most basic on information. Youre better off just using google. The pictures are good but unless you are completely oblivious youre going to find this... Read more
Published 15 days ago by DaV
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
I would judge this book to be mediocre. It is fairly simple for an adult. All pictures are B&W and the background is typically a scratched piece of metal that isn't very... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Prof. Fred
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost completly useless
Terrible book. It has more advertising for watch parts websites than it does any practical or useful information. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Morgan Munch
4.0 out of 5 stars Comes in very handy
I have found the instructions very helpful in doing maintenance on my watches. The really experience ones i still send in but the rest i fix on the bench.
Published 1 month ago by Donald Eugene Leas
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish It was Longer
This book is a great introduction to watchmaking. It has the basic terms and helped me associate watch parts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by El Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars good first step
this is a very good book to read first if you are thinking about watch building. Lots of insite and start-up materialsexplained in detail.Now your ready to procede are back off.
Published 2 months ago by michael banks
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