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  1. Richard Watkins

    Watchmaking, the American System of Manufacturing and Mass Production

    I have put the second edition of this book on my web site at Watchmaking, the American System of Manufacturing and Mass Production and removed the first edition. At 145 pages it is double the first edition and contains many changes and additions, although my conclusions remain the same. And it...
  2. Richard Watkins

    Triangular Bed Lathe Questions

    The attached photos are of parts in a lathe I have, probably a copy of a G. Boley lathe. The lathe can be used as both turns and as a lathe with split chucks. In order, they are: Mystery chuck: I have no idea of its use. The thread is about 6.5mm and the head is about 15mm diameter with a hole...
  3. Richard Watkins

    Waltham inventory cards

    A long time ago I read the following regarding the Waltham watch company: "Around 1900 the company had ledger books prepared from what appears to be inventory cards. The whereabouts of the original cards is not known." The original NAWCC page is no longer available but the "Way Back" site has...
  4. Richard Watkins

    Waltham inventory cards

    A long time ago I read the following regarding the Waltham watch company: "Around 1900 the company had ledger books prepared from what appears to be inventory cards. The whereabouts of the original cards is not known." The original NAWCC page is no longer available but the "Way Back" site has...
  5. Richard Watkins

    An Addendum to Watchmaking and the American System of Manufacturing

    "Cook Rice and Potatoes" (the title will become clear when you read the article) updates some of the information about the Boston Watch Company and the American Watch Company in the years 1857 to 1858. It is based on documents in the Baker Library, Harvard University, the Suffolk County Court...
  6. Richard Watkins

    Boston and American Watch Companies, 1857 to 1858

    I have written a 24-page article ("Cook Rice and Potatoes") that is an addendum to my "Watchmaking and the American System of Manufacturing". It provides some new information, particularly of the insolvency of the Boston Watch Company in 1857, and updates estimates of production. It is...
  7. Richard Watkins

    Hours, minutes, days, it must be horological!

    if you search for “pussy pleasures” you wil find lots of fascinating web sites. If you search for “Watkins pussy pleasures” you will probably find Pussy Pleasures Ok, it’s not mainstream horological, but it does use “minutes” and “a while” so it must be horological!
  8. Richard Watkins

    1850s prices

    Does anyone know the prices of mainsprings and balance springs in the 1850s? I don't think I have a book in my library with the information.
  9. Richard Watkins

    Lancashire Watch Company, England

    I have written a 52-page article discussing the history of the Lancashire Watch Company, 1888-1911. The company failed because of financial problems and the article is based on financial records of the company. It is available from www.watkinsr.id.au
  10. Richard Watkins

    The Art of Being Drunk, Second Edition

    "The Art of Being Drunk" is study of drunken fusees. Normally the fusee arbor is rotated anti-clockwise to wind the mainspring, and the arbor cannot be turned clockwise without breaking something. Drunken fusees can be wound both anti-clockwise and clockwise. I explain different designs and...
  11. Richard Watkins

    Repeaters

    I have just finished the second edition of my book "The Repeater" (available from www.watkinsr.id.au). Compared to the first edition, there are changes throughout and a new chapter on grande sonnerie clock-watches.
  12. Richard Watkins

    The Art of Being Drunk: Revised

    About a day after I had put this article on my web site, Piet Andriessen emailed me and provided much more information about the section that I had titled "On Switching the Fusee Arbor Between the Sun and the Annulus, Andriessen". So I have revised the article to attribute this design correctly...
  13. Richard Watkins

    Membership trends

    Out of curiosity I searched back issues of the Bulletin looking for membership data. The earliest concrete figures that I found were for 2002. See attachment. In 15 years the NAWCC membership has fallen by 57.8%, from 30,601 in 2002 to 12,915 this year. Annual differences are erratic, but...
  14. Richard Watkins

    The Art of Being Drunk

    I was going to submit this to be published in the Bulletin. However the present editor's requirements are impossible for me to satisfy. (see https://nawcc.org/index.php/watch-a-clock-bulletin/submissions) Requiring the article to be in MS Word (which is best described as a **** application)...
  15. Richard Watkins

    Meditations on Breguet and Mathematics

    For some strange reason this "article" was never mentioned on the message board. The main purpose of it is to examine the stop-work used in Breguet's self-winding watches, and consequently to show that his design has a serious fault. And I also conclude that even if Breguet had studied...
  16. Richard Watkins

    Has anyone heard of P. Andriessen?

    I have some drawings made by this person in 2013, but I have had no success trying to find out about him or contacting him.
  17. Richard Watkins

    Animations of self-winding stop-work

    This is mind-blowingly boring but .... I have updated my animations of self-winding stop-work and moved them to: http://www.watkinsr.id.au/Animations/Animations.html A few animations have been omitted because they were wrong. I will correct them soon.
  18. Richard Watkins

    The Origins of Self-Winding Watches, 1773 - 1779, Second Edition

    The second edition of "The Origins of Self-Winding Watches, 1773 - 1779" is now available as a pdf file from http://www.watkinsr.id.au/Origins.html The book examines the early history and technology of automatic pocket watches. This new edition expands the book from 264 pages to 386...
  19. Richard Watkins

    Mechanical Watches, an Annotated Bibliography, THIRD EDITION

    As in the title, the 3rd (and probably last) edition of my bibliography is now available from my web site www.watkinsr.id.au 2,943 items are listed, an increase of 120 books from the 2nd edition.
  20. Richard Watkins

    How the Watch was Worn (Cummins)

    Does someone have this book? I am after some general information on how men wore watches near the end of the 18th century.

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