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Top 7 Best Books To Read About Watches

If I’m in the mood, I spend a lot a time reading a book or e-book. I’m not a watch expert whatsoever, but if you looking for a best book about watches and which will help you learn about the history of watch, there are several books I would like to recommend to you, one of them is in my personal book collection.

There are many people including collectors, watchmakers, and antique dealers who can find helpful information by reading these book, like watch pricing guides, watch repair guides, and identification of watches and timepieces.

Here are top 7 best books guaranteed to please.


Watch Repairing as a Hobby: An Essential Guide for Non-Professionals

A complete reproduction of the work as it was published in London in 1948, Watch Repairing as a Hobby: An Essential Guide for Non-Professionals remains an indispensable guide to learning how watches work. Beginning with the very basics of watch operation, Fletcher moves through the different tools required for repair, disassembling, and cleaning, as well as a troubleshooting guide for general ailments with detailed solutions.

This must-have guide is broken up into five key sections:

  1. How a watch works
  2. Tools and how to use them
  3. How to take down, clean, and reassemble a watch
  4. Common ailments of a watch
  5. More ailments

Watch Repairing as a Hobby takes a watch amateur from attracted novice to skilled repairman. With handfuls of illustrations to guide you through analysis and repair, this classic work is essential for anyone interested in watches and how they tick. You do not need to be a professional to enjoy and understand the nuances of watch repair.

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The World’s Most Expensive Watches (Hard Cover)

In “The World’s Most Expensive Watches“, Ariel Adams (Author and also the founder  of online magazine aBlogtoWatch.com) is an internationally recognized watch expert and writer. The book is wonderfully written and explains the history of the covered world’s expensive watches, which were either purchased or produced during the last 10-15 years. Most of the watches are discussed as new, but some are vintage and unique timepiece that were sold at the auction. All watches in this book have a value of $200,000 or more.

The photography in this book is gorgeous and makes the beauty of the timepieces covered something that anyone can appreciate. But this book is really more for the true watch lover.

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The History of Watches

In “The History Of Watches“, author David Thompson (Curator of the Horological collections in the Department of Prehistory & Europe at the British Museum) collaborates with Saul Peckham (a photographer for the British Museum for twenty years) to produce a visually stunning, highly informative, authoritative overview of timepieces ranging over the past five hundred years.

Every variety of watch is represented from 16th century early stackfeed watchers, to the precision chronometers of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the mass-produced watchers of the 20th century. More than 80 watches are discussed in detail with a text that is wonderfully enhanced with more than 250 finely detailed photographs featuring all aspects of watches from their outer casings to their inner workings.

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The Watch

This is a great book on watches. What makes this book so special is that it works for everyone who loves timepieces, whether they’re beginners or experts. The book is divided into several sections, including a smart introduction on “what is a watch?” and an informative history of timepieces. The bulk of the book is an interesting survey of fifty of the greatest brands of all time, from Patek to Elgin, from Audemars to Zenith.

Then comes one of the best parts of the book-a very useful section on how to collect and maintain your watches, plus instructive first-person accounts from some of the world’s top collectors. Finally, there’s a glossary of understandable definitions of the most common watch terms.

Most of all, there are over 600 stunning color illustrations, culled from auction houses, private collections, watch companies, as well as hundreds of original photographs shot exclusively for the book. Visually compelling as it is informative to read.

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Automatic Wristwatches from Switzerland: Self-Winding Wristwatches

An exciting area of collecting for clock and watch enthusiasts is literally opened up with this book. On the outside the automatic wristwatch is like its counterpart, but once the case is opened a different world appears. Here 200 watches are shown, each with three photos to show the dial, and the complete and partly disassembled movement.

The book introduces all the Swiss manufacturers and provides an historical overview of the development of automatic watches from 1926 to 1978. Information on the functioning mechanism and construction of each design is offered along with the data needed to locate the watches chronologically.

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The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

The name of Rolex is recognized around the world. It has become one of the toughest watches around, an icon of beauty, quality, accuracy, style, and taste. While there are other fine manufacturers of watches, none has reached this pinnacle of public respect and acclaim.

The watches produced by Rolex over the last 90 years are celebrated in this lavishly illustrated new volume.

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Complete Price Guide to Watches 2016

Cooksey Shugart, Tom Engle & Richard E. Gilbert The Complete Price Guide to Watches is the most reliable and convenient guide available. This annual book is a miniature encyclopedia with over 1,200 pages, over 10,350 watches listed with current values, and more than 7,850 illustrations. American and European pocket watches, wrist watches, and even comic and character watches fill this comprehensive guide. It also includes tips for collectors and historical information, as well as guidelines for grading and appraising watches.

With this handy pocket reference, collectors can make on-the-spot judgments about identification, age, quality, and value. The Complete Price Guide to Watches has become the professional standard for watch collectors and dealers.

So, what is your favorite book?? For starter, let use at Amazon’s book store as a guide. Amazon usually has ratings for books based on users who rate the book. It also has customer reviews of many books. When you view a book, it will show other books that you may like if you liked that book. That means you can get recommendations on Amazon by first finding some of your personal favorite books.

*This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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