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    Watch Collecting/Horology Books

    My dad introduced me to the watch world with a Coke GMT, and now that he's created a monster, I want to learn more about this disease that I've contacted. Can anyone recommend any good/interesting/fun books on watch collecting and/or horology that don't read like a college textbook? Thanks!

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    It's focused on one brand, but I enjoyed reading James Dowling's The best of time - Rolex An unauthorized history. He writes well, his enthusiasm shines through, and the pictures are comprehensive, if amateurishly taken. It's quite expensive though.
    'I reach for my watch from the bedside table and consider the dial - its rectitude, its innocence - then I understand the position of the hands and that, yes, rush-hour traffic will already have begun.' - Deborah Eisenberg, The Flaw in the Design

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    Dare I say, Rolex themself put out a magazine that might as well be a book. Very impressive for free and even if they charged for it. I only have one copy of the first issue from about a year and a half ago. It was basically about the Daytona. I bet there are more issues on the other popular Rolex models, if you would like to learn more about them.

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    Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman is a fantastic read. Admittedly, it is more existential than horologicaleach chapter delves into a different one of Albert Einstein's dreams, revealing interesting philosophies about our relationship with time. Although it might not give the technical detail that a Rolex magazine might, I can't think of any other piece of time-oriented literature that will provoke thought and spur an interest like this novel.

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    Re: Watch Collecting/Horology Books

    Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post
    It's focused on one brand, but I enjoyed reading James Dowling's The best of time - Rolex An unauthorized history. He writes well, his enthusiasm shines through, and the pictures are comprehensive, if amateurishly taken. It's quite expensive though.
    I have the book and a must have for any Rolex enthusiast/collector.

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