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    Gaps yes - was working on a Universal Cal. 481 yesterday and it's not listed in the E-O-G volumes, but there are some close relatives....I agree very nice to have if you service a lot of different vintage chronographs.

    I'm surprised no one has listed the most common books I use yet - Bestfit. If you work on vintage, it's pretty much a "must have" I think.

    So I would add "BESTFIT 111 Encyclopedia of Watch Material" and "BESTFIT 111A Encyclopedia of Watch Material" to the list.

    Cheers, Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    . . . . . . . . I'm surprised no one has listed the most common books I use yet - Bestfit. If you work on vintage, it's pretty much a "must have" I think. So I would add "BESTFIT 111 Encyclopedia of Watch Material" and "BESTFIT 111A Encyclopedia of Watch Material" to the list. Cheers, Al
    Well maybe those posting above were saving it for someone else to participate? Concur, Bestfit is a must. I occasionally consult Marshall and wish I had the Paulsons book for movement id. Does anyone do Matsys?

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    In this vein, for old movement ID, I rather like:



    Also my 1958 Flume, much better than the later K3 (well for IDing old movements):



    TBH I've never understood the cult of best-fit (apologies all you who love it) - I just haven't found it that useful. Maybe I am using it wrong.
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    I would love to here more about your machines. Start a thread please. I know I am not alone in this. Are these pieces of equipment available ever? thanx for the posting, I was beginning to feel a little lonely.
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    You want Bestfit, I give you Bestfit. Ask and you shall receive! pithy, I understand the matsy(sp) system is pretty pricey. Can you tell us a bit more about what it is and isn't?

    The Bestfit books are invaluable for many things. It is a source for identification, offers part numbers for springs and all sorts of movement and even some casing parts. Good place to look for substitution parts and movements. Zoom in on the picture of the index to see almost all of which it offers. Reasonably priced also.

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    Re: A Watchmaker's Library

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    In this vein, for old movement ID, I rather like:



    Also my 1950s Flume:

    Photo to come!

    TBH I've never understood the cult of best-fit (apologies all you who love it) - I just haven't found it that useful. Maybe I am using it wrong.
    Maybe this one you posted above covers it, so you don't need Bestfit in addition to that one. For me it is a useful tool for movement ID, and finding mainspring sizes mostly...but I do use it for other parts as well.

    I might see if I can find a copy of the Swartchild one....

    Cheers, Al

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    I see the Engine Turning book is available on Amazon Only $6,303.18. Oh, and there is $3.99 shipping! I wonder where the 18 cents figured in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dacattoo View Post
    I see the Engine Turning book is available on Amazon Only $6,303.18. Oh, and there is $3.99 shipping! I wonder where the 18 cents figured in?

    Wow that's insane! Mine is a signed copy and ill let it go cheap at half of that.... I also have a signed leather bound limited edition number 02 of 10, I wonder what that person would want for it ;)

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    Since we are derailing and I guess that nowadays libraries have more than books.


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    Enough derail!

    I use this (I guess instead of bestfit) as I have the Ronda Staff and Stem Assortments (staffs 1,2,3,4 and stems 1, sadly missing 2)





    Mostly can be found on ebay as:



    This should be useful, but I can't say I've used it more than a couple of times a year.

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