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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861262337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861262332
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Kump on January 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book does a decent job,but I was under the impression that it was kinda like a school book,in teaching watch theory and repair,the diagrams are excellant,some of the watch repairmans secrets are revealed,how to build a bench is explained,as is,the neccessary tools,the biggest complaint I (personnally) have is that I wished he had used a blow-up of the indivisual parts(with their names)and where they go,then I would have an easier time with the names of the parts and how they fit together.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas Adelstein on August 25, 2009
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I saw two mediocre reviews and decided I had to write my own. You don't want to allow mediocre reviewers to influence your buying experience. I bought this book primarily because I couldn't find any books that showed me how to repair a quartz watch. I'm not a quartz collector, but I have a reissued Hamilton from 1985 that no longer works. You can't buy a new movement, so I have to repair it. Oh, it was a special gift and limited edition.

I found out how to fix the Hamilton, but I also learned a great deal more about working on mechanical watches. The author takes you through a step-by-step journey, so that you come out with a great running watch.

I wrote a book that hit #7 on the technical best sellers list two years ago and I used the same formula. Present the theoretical material first and then do a numbered step-by-step approach. It works and the author did a great job here.

The positives - you win. You get in-depth knowledge you can use over and over and solid advice. I never really understood how to file a screwdriver blade. I followed some directions for mentors and books, but I never had a clue how to do it until the author explained it so clearly. That just one of a few hundred examples and I do mean a few hundred.

The negatives? The first part - the essentials is confusing to newbies.You can still work through it and refer to it later.

If you want to work on watches as a hobbyist, an enthusiast or make a living at it - this book is essential reading.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By flavio pimenta on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The reviewer Robert is correct: the book does not have "step by step" pictures of the procedures. So, it's very difficult to learn what is written without previous knownledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrtimm on July 20, 2012
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I'm interested in learning watch repair as a hobby. After reading the reviews I decided to purchase this book. I am very disappointed.

The introduction to the book basically says "If you want to learn the basics of watch repair, ready "Repairing Clocks" by this same author."

The first chapter of the book describes how watches are shock-proofed. Really? that's supposed to be a good introduction?

The second chapter provides detailed plans for building a watching making bench.

The photographs are terrible. They look like bad photocopies of old photographs - dark and impossible to understand. Very little explanation of how a timepiece works.

There are probably some good tips for more advanced students, but I'm guessing this book falls way short of what a professional would need, so it probably would benefit a very narrow audience.

The last few chapters gave detailed explanations of how to service some specific watches. That's probably the best use of this book.

There are much better resources available for free on the Internet. In fact, there's a great old film on YouTube that describes in detail how a watch works. Search for "How a wristwatch works."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne O. on April 30, 2012
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I think it must be made very clear that no one publication can or does hold all of the information a person needs to repair or actually build a watch. This book is one of many valuable sources of information that a watchmaker needs to fulfill the job requirements.
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