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Product details

  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856677043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856677045
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.8 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A new edition of one of the definitive texts on horology... this book continues to inspire and encourage the art of watchmaking, especially among new generations of enthusiasts and Daniels' advice is constantly sought by both student and watch repairers, his understanding of the problems that can beset the would-be watchmaker, especially in an age of mass production, and his expert knowledge of the history of watchmaking being second to none... the text is easy to follow and care has been taken to avoid complicated technical descriptions."
QP Magazine

"Dr Daniels...stated his principal aim in writing this book as being 'to inspire and encourage the art of watchmaking', an aim which the book meets very well indeed. [...] Some of the photographs of Daniels' watches and their components are new and all are stunning; those of his workshop inspire awe and the drawings, which are mainly by David Penney, are superb. [...] Over the last thirty years this book has been steadily improved. This latest edition is the best yet and I have no hesitation in recommending it."
Colin Fergusson MBHI, Horological

'This classic handbook will be indispensable to generations of watchmakers and repairers, who will not only be able to admire the superb craftsmanship of a fine watch but will also learn and understand the mechanics and make-up of this art form.' --
International Watch Magazine

About the Author

George Daniels, MBE, DSC (HONS), FSA, FCGI, FBHI, FAWI, is a practicing horologist with over fifty years' experience in both antique and modern watchmaking, and is a past master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Amongst his awards for contribution to the art and science of watchmaking - including the design of his own escapements - are the Tompion Gold Medal, The British Horological Institute Gold Medal, The City and Guilds of London Gold Medal, The Arts Sciences and Learning Award of the City of London, and the Victor Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers' Guild.


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I purchased this book after reading George Daniels fascinating obituary. I knew nothing about Mr Daniels before this so after some quick research on the internet this book seemed to be the one to read.

I came to this book with no watch knowledge but a large amount on engineering curiosity. My overriding feeling reading this book is the insanity needed to complete these stunning machines. I use that word with the gentlest of meaning. I had never before considered how the tiny was constructed or fully appreciate how astonishing mechanical watches are. The book does not hold back and from the first paragraph you are being taught how to make a world class watch. Soon however it all starts to make sense and with a few referrals to Wikipedia the processes and mechanisms are easily understood. The diagrams are perfect and show in detail the subtleties and beauty of the components. As I have never read any other watch book I cannot compare it but if I measure against the technical books I usually read I would have to put it at or near the top, it really is as close to perfection as you could ask for when writing about such a niche subject.
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I bought this as a gift for my father who is interested in watch making. I know very little about the subject, but leafing through it I can tell that this is an extremely exhaustive and well informed book. Excellent clear diagrams and the like. It's far bigger than expected and I'm fairly sure it'll be a while before I can buy my father another book on the same subject. Brilliant!
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George is a one off in that he is both an exceptionally skilled craftsman and and artist but is also so obviously unselfish in his willingness to share his creative inventions in the field of horology with the masses
The book is beautifully written and detailed even to the extent of illustrating in very clear terms for those with an understanding of intermediate mathematics,of how a clockwork precision timepiece actually works.

The insight into his workshop and the tools and metal working machinery he uses to fashion such original and beautiful watches is illustrated as an additional complement to the instruments themselves of which a number of delightful colour plates adorn the interior of the book.

All in all a delight to hold read and learn from.
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This is a really good book, documenting the process by which each part of a hand made automatic watch is produced.

In an age of mass production, CNC, Spark erosion, drum polishing etc, this book captures a fading art: the true craftsman making a top quality watch from metal bar. Model makers and those involved in small machines can learn so much from this book.
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I have also loved watches although i never fully understood how they worked ( or appreciated them), and i started to get curious and fascinated by horology and watchmaking in general. I bought this about 2 years back and all I can say is this is the bible of watchmaking books. If you're reading this book as a beginner you will finish as with a very deep understanding and knowledge about watches. you'll be able to "fix your own" if need be. Amazing read and written by arguably one of the greatest watchmakers ever.
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What de Carle is to watch repair, George Daniels is to watchmaking.

One of the very few true masters of his trade, George Daniels describes in minute detail how to make every single component of a watch.

Even though if you don't plan to make your own watch, like me, it is still a great great for any watch enthusiast.

WatchGuy [...]
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Beautifully put together. One of the late Daniels best books.
Used as both a drawing reference for autocad/Creo and a general concept / styling book, Daniels goes into so much detail in the right places whilst keeping other chapters to the correct brevity. Very highly recommended even if you aren't in the business.
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I bought this book on amazon.co.uk and i am very pleased by the information and by its quality.Big thanks
amazon for this opportunity to get such an amazing book.I highly recommend it to those who want to study the magic of a mechanical watch.
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