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In the 16th century Europeans began to craft watches by hand; a tradition that thrived until the mechanization of the 20th century replaced the individual watchmaker with mass production. Hand methods were further eclipsed by the advent of the electronic watch in the 1960s, and many people feared that the mechanical watch would disappear entirely.
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published May 19th 1999 by Philip Wilson Publishers (first published 1982)
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect going into this book. I got it because I wanted to understand more about how wristwatches work. This book is accessible for a novice, and provided not just an advanced understanding of a mechanical wristwatch mechanism, but also a thorough description the traditional manufacturing methods, and commentary on the history and effectiveness of different mechanisms. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in watchmaking, it will make you appreciate what g ...more
Mishari Bin husien
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So complicated I got lost in the old technical movements, but it shows the development of watchmaking. It explains a lot of the science, but I wished that some of the pictures was transferred to sketches to make it easier on the eyes.
I'll definitely read it again.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book really has it all. From tooling to escapement design, Daniels provides the reader with everything they need to understand the fundamentals of how a mechanical watch works.
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Saeed Khurram
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The excellent book for the watch makers.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Daniels back in the 1980s revived the mechanical watch from its pending obsolescence caused by the rise of quality quartz digital watches. Nowadays bespoke mechanical watches are popular, you can see many examples online. This book teaches many of the skills to build such watches, they are not for the uncommitted, a custom watch built to these standards can take a year or more to build. Probably the best book on the subject.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must have for all horology enthusiasts.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of a kind. Want to build watches? This is the book. It covers making screws, gears, dials, cases. Everything. Priceless information.
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this book a great book about tools and watchmaking
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