books on vintage watches?

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    books on vintage watches?

    Has anybody got any books they could recommend on vintage wrist watches or watchmaking...I am thinking picture heavy and available in UK libraries to browse before I buy...anybody?

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    Re: books on vintage watches?

    Probably Shugart is worth getting. This is on US Amazon and allows a look inside, but can be bought in the UK and probably in lots of libraries:

    Perhaps also post your enquiry in the new forum:
    Last edited by Marrick; May 9th, 2010 at 09:06.
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    Re: books on vintage watches?

    Heinz Hampels 'Automatic Wrist Watches, Schiffer, is a good read with a large variety of movements and information. Don De Carle's Practical Watch Repairing is a standard. A lighter read but still interesting is The Classic Watch, Michael Balfour. Then of course there's Omega , a journey though time which is a huge tome on the history of Omega product.

    Good luck in your search



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    Re: books on vintage watches?

    You might look at this thread for some ideas.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: books on vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Probably Shugart is worth getting. [/URL]
    Your post links to the older edition. This is the 2010 version of the same book I believe:

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