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Watchmaking Hardcover – February, 1982

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sotheby Parke Bernet Pubns (February 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856671509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856671500
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is without a doubt the most technically complete book on *any* subject I have ever seen. Every design calculation is included; every tool used is drawn in clear precise line drawings; every motion of every tool used in every one of thousands of steps is succinctly, but completely, described. My god! When did he have time to make his watches?
And the motherlode: color photos of every important watch he has made AND hundreds upon hundreds of detail photos of various sections of the watches AND color photos of every piece of every movement! Just a cursory glance at just the unusual or beautiful photos takes hours!
I bought it because I thought it might help me get a start at cutting my own wheels (I want to build my own movement). But what I got was everything just short of George coming to my house and holding my hand. Unbelievable.
Buy this book if you want to work on watches. Buy this book if you want to look at pretty watches. Buy this book if you want to see the pinacle of engineering documentation. Buy this book!
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All I can say is that this is a very well done book. It goes over almost anything that you would want to know about watchmaking from tools to turning and making small parts to escapement construction. While I am not a master watchmaker (in any way shape or form), I think it covers movement design in a very nice way. I very much like the chapter on the balance and spring. All and all this is a fine book that is worth having if you want to learn more about watchmaking and is a must have if you plan to put together a watch.
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