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Beginner Watchmaking: How to Build Your Very First Watch: 1 [Paperback]

Tim A Swike
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6 Dec 2010
This book will introduce you to the fascinating world of watch making. It is designed for the average person with zero knowledge of watch mechanics, building, or repair. This book will teach you some of the basics on how a watch works. It will also show you where to buy the right watch parts, how to assemble them, and how to regulate the time. Don't buy another $1000 watch when you can build one for $100. This book also comes with a full color PDF file ebook for your computer or smart phone.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456451650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456451653
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does everything it sets out to do 19 Nov 2012
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I've read many negative reviews from people complaining that this book doesn't teach you how to construct watch parts, well the problem with this is that this book is aimed at the total novice and the construction of movement components is a very advanced subject for the seasoned watch repairer, not to mention a costly hobby. What this book sets out to do is guide you through your first steps into modifying and custom building your first watches using off the shelf parts, and it does this very well indeed. It's not confusingly technical and it's never boring, unlike many other books this one is packed with large images making everything simple to follow. Personally as someone who has been repairing watches for a long time I didn't learn a great deal as far as technical skills, what I did get though was the drive to built my own watch from scratch, and where this book has been very valuable to me is in the links it's provides to parts suppliers. I knew where to get hold of generic parts such as crystals, movements and replacement hands but had no idea where to get custom dials and cases etc... Also when you get this book your provided with a link to the author's website where you can download updates and any new guides that the author has written.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good value 2 Jan 2013
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this is a perfect present for someone who is into watches
and also who has taken their watch apart and can not remember to place back together
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic introduction to watch building. 14 Feb 2014
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On the plus side, it's a quick read (took me about an hour) and it has some useful information for those with no background in what makes watches work. Also, it gives you access to a website full of updated information and a colour PDF version of the book, which is highly commendable.

On the down side: it's not very well written; it starts talking about watch parts well before explaining what they are and the photography is very poor in places.

The title is also a little misleading. If you are expecting a book that will explain how to make a watch from scratch, tiny cogs and all, then this is not the book for you. If, however, you fancy changing the dial, hands or glass on a pre-bought watch, then this book will be useful.

If you get the print version, it is in black and white and the paper quality is pretty awful - after reading it for half an hour, the front cover remained curled almost to the vertical.

Overall? Probably just about worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tic toc 5 Mar 2013
By NELSON
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A very good book with lots of photos and text that the lay man can follow i will study it over whats left of the dark nights
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a beginner like me 12 April 2014
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I have found it a very useful introduction and guide.
The section on how to actually take a watch apart and put it back together starts about 2/3rds the way through.
However all the information and images prior to this enabled me to understand the history and various aspects of watches.
I also found the various links very useful.
I am now starting to repair my first watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Dec 2013
By Joshua
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Really useful book, lots of images to help you pick up the basics. Websites to purchase parts are really helpful and not expensive. Would recommend to anyone interested in horology.
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