- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Crowood Press (November 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861262337
- ISBN-13: 978-1861262332
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mechanical and Quartz Watch Repair Hardcover – November 1, 1999
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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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. I have been repairing watchs for a few years and I learned a few things.Published 6 months ago by James M Hoefer
As a retired locksmith, I have always been fascinated by the workings of watches, and thought about doing my own minor repairs and changing of batteries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Riley
I find this book very informative and helpful. There are tips and tricks that make this book interesting as it is clearly written and well illustrated.Published 19 months ago by brian gould