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Vintage Wristwatches Hardcover – April 12, 2010
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1. It covers the gamut of wrist watches, from luxury to "regular folks."
2. Examples are large, full-color photos with brief explanatory text and values.
3. Has both ladies' and gents wristwatches. Not many books include watches for women.
4. Covers widely known brands, plus others you may not know about.
5. At $29.95, the book is an amazing bargain!
In short, this is a gorgeous, instructive book by an author who knows her stuff. To top it off, it is a solid reference AND a teaching tool! I really like it - and I learned a lot.
Just a few of the questionable editing decisions made in the book:
Bulova (Accutron): I'm pretty sure the "skeleton" 218 Accutron on p. 35 is an aftermarket "chop" deal where they cut out the center of the dial. As far as I know this was not produced. Besides, it has gold hands, which show up poorly against the movement. If this were genuine I think Bulova would have been more thoughtful about design and color scheme.
They include a relatively non-collectible Accutron Railroad Quartz watch and list it at $800! And, keep in mind that they don't include in the book any versions of some of the iconic Accutrons like the 214 Astronaut. Not having an Astronaut is pretty unforgivable.
Gruen: They devote almost 25 pages of a 250 page book to Gruen. Now, Gruen made some great watches and it is, by far, an underappreciated brand. But 1/10 of the book? C'mon!
Hamilton: I agree with the other reviewer here about the strangeness of their selection. Granted, the women's watches are pretty, but their value is primarily in the diamond and metal content, since they are not really considered super collectible. So 6 pages? But they do photograph well!
How many Hamilton Pacers do you really need in this book? Well, they have 4, and 3 Everests, and 3 Piping Rocks that have the incorrect dates of issue. And I'm not really even a Hamilton expert! Why not an example of the "Flight", a truly iconic design? It makes no sense!
The prices are all over the map, so should be disregarded.Read more ›
The authors clearly received use of several vintage pieces through their connections or their own collections, but for instance, with Hamilton there are countless pics of what essentially amounts to the same watch, with little variation in price or appearance. This practice is repeated too often throughout the book. Also, some brand will have a page with a brand, a brief background, and absolutely no watches or examples shown. Why is this? This makes no sense at all.
Bottom line, this is a fair book, but really only a picture book and primarily for the uninitiated. I would have liked to have seen more brand diversity and watch diversity among the brands represented for it to merit a higher score. Decent, but nothing sterling here. Sadly though, there just aren't enough quality books that keep up with the times in this category, it appears.
Still, for all my complaints, it is a nice coffee table book, with excellent photos and paper quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fabulous introduction to the wonderful world of vintage watches. Showed excellent insight and knowledge, of value to the novice. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Amazon devotee
This book was cheap and I think I know why. There's a lot of pictures of old, beat-up, scratched watches. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by DesertFox