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    Seeking book recommendations

    Hi Everyone,

    New guy here. Just caught the watch bug recently. I went from owning zero watch to three--Seiko Spirit SCVS013, SKA293P2 (pending), and SKX009K (pending)--in about a week. I think these are wise choices, but I should probably get more educated on modern watches. Other than reading online fora, what book(s) would you recommend I read?

    Thanks,

    citeniK

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    Re: Seeking book recommendations

    Hey. Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you.

    I haven't read any, but as a book guy generally I'll be interested to see what is recommended here.

    Enjoy.

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    This one offers the bst overview imho:

    The World of Watches!

    One of the most comprehensive watch encyclopedia in the English language

    • Softcover: 440 pages
    • More than 330 illustrations and photos
    • Profiles of hundreds of watch companies from the world's watch-production centers, including: Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy and the United States
    • Brand histories, market strategies, top models and collections
    • A "Who's Who" in watch-movement manufacturing
    • Overview of 500 years of watch history and technology.

    Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets

    by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeifferl-Belli (Könemann editors)
    * in english, german, french
    * hundreds of pics
    * watch making history
    * brands (not all) in alphabetic order

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    Re: Seeking book recommendations

    I have to agree with Mike's suggestions. These are two great books to start with, the first very strong on information, the second also strong on info, but with more illustrations.

    Here is where you may find them:
    The world of watches: may be ordered here. Absolutely one of the best!
    Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets: ISBN: 9783829006606

    You may search for used, or new, copies on Bookfinder or Alibris.

    Good luck!
    François – Quebec City, QC

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    This one offers the bst overview imho:

    The World of Watches!

    One of the most comprehensive watch encyclopedia in the English language

    • Softcover: 440 pages
    • More than 330 illustrations and photos
    • Profiles of hundreds of watch companies from the world's watch-production centers, including: Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy and the United States
    • Brand histories, market strategies, top models and collections
    • A "Who's Who" in watch-movement manufacturing
    • Overview of 500 years of watch history and technology.

    Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets

    by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeifferl-Belli (Könemann editors)
    * in english, german, french
    * hundreds of pics
    * watch making history
    * brands (not all) in alphabetic order
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Boucher View Post
    I have to agree with Mike's suggestions. These are two great books to start with, the first very strong on information, the second also strong on info, but with more illustrations.

    Here is where you may find them:
    The world of watches: may be ordered here. Absolutely one of the best!
    Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets: ISBN: 9783829006606

    You may search for used, or new, copies on Bookfinder or Alibris.

    Good luck!
    Thanks guys! I think I'll pick up The World of Watches first.
    Buying more watches does not buy you more time.

    Looking for: Seiko SCVS013; Citizen PMX56-2811; Citizen Campanola CTS57-0701.

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    Re: Seeking book recommendations

    Not a book, but I learned a LOT about watches from popular watch magazines on the shelves at my local Borders/Barnes and Noble. Granted, most of my knowledge is linked to price points beyond my wildest dreams. However, reading their comparisons and new reviews was extremely interesting and helpful getting my feet wet.

    I am going to look into the books mentioned above as well.

    Pocket: 1921 Elgin 313 / 1946 Hamilton 992B Railway Special
    Wrist: Omega Speedmaster Date (3210.50), Tag Heuer Carrera Twin-Time,Seiko Spirit SCVS0123, Fortis Pilot Pro PVD, Armani Dress, Swatch Irony Auto Skeleton, Victorinox Chrono Classic, Victorinox Maverick II.

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    Re: Seeking book recommendations

    While not exactly a books, "Wristwatch Annual" and "Watch Grand Complications" are both full of great pictures/specs. I bought 'em from Amazon for ~$15 each.

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    Re: Seeking book recommendations

    WOW. I just got back from Borders. The latest issue of Watch Time is great. Just a list of some of the articles in it:

    Cover Story: Vacheron Constantin's history and platinum watches (out of my price range, but interesting)

    Comparisons:
    12 Major pilots watches reviewed by a Pilot (different price ranges)
    Three major regulators
    Patek Calatrava vs A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

    Other
    Panerai history, and a focus on the 10 day power reserve
    Pro's and cons of regular vs flying tourbillions from different companies that use them.
    Major focus on why the ETA 2892 is as popular as it is
    Robert Parkers take on horology
    Open Heart watches (including the Vulcain Cricket)


    These are just the articles that excited me. This is probably the best issue of the magazine. I like that it parallels conversations that have taken place on different parts of this forum. Maybe the editors have a spy here looking for ideas.

    Pocket: 1921 Elgin 313 / 1946 Hamilton 992B Railway Special
    Wrist: Omega Speedmaster Date (3210.50), Tag Heuer Carrera Twin-Time,Seiko Spirit SCVS0123, Fortis Pilot Pro PVD, Armani Dress, Swatch Irony Auto Skeleton, Victorinox Chrono Classic, Victorinox Maverick II.

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    Most of these articles have been published in the december issue of "Chronos". Usually "Watch Time" comes out later with the translated articles.

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    Really? That is pretty interesting. I did not know that.

    Pocket: 1921 Elgin 313 / 1946 Hamilton 992B Railway Special
    Wrist: Omega Speedmaster Date (3210.50), Tag Heuer Carrera Twin-Time,Seiko Spirit SCVS0123, Fortis Pilot Pro PVD, Armani Dress, Swatch Irony Auto Skeleton, Victorinox Chrono Classic, Victorinox Maverick II.

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