Book-Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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Although I wrote this short review for Amazon.com 4 yerars ago, when the book was republished, and before the Message Board was created, it may still be of interest.

5 out of 5 stars.

A step by step account by the most creative Watchmaker alive

Reviewed: April 2, 1999
Reviewer: Fortunat Mueller-Maerki from Sussex, NJ United States


George Daniels, residing on the Isle of Man, (UK) is not only one of a handfull of people alive today who regularly make one-of-a-kind watches completly from strach by themselves (including dial, case, movement, hands etc), but he unquestionably is the most creative of the few who are truely "watchmakers" (rather than watch repaireres or workers in a watch factory.

The republishing of "Watchmaking", after it has been out of print for many years must be one of the outstanding events of this year in horological book publishing. Every serious watch collector around the world, who had been lusting for his own copy after seeing copies of older watchcollecting friends can now aford to buy his or her own copy, rather than pay the outrageous prices at antiquarian booksellers.

The book is undoubtedly the most important volume in currently in print (was promised for Jan 1999, finally first copies delivered in April 1999)for horologists and enthusiasts about craftsman made watches anywhere.

A "must" for anybody interested in watchmaking techniques and watchmaking technology.

Fortunat F. Mueller-Maerki, pob 386, Sussex NJ 07461

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Chair, NWCM Library and Research Center Committee


You can reach me at horology@horology.com
 

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Although I wrote this short review for Amazon.com 4 yerars ago, when the book was republished, and before the Message Board was created, it may still be of interest.

5 out of 5 stars.

A step by step account by the most creative Watchmaker alive

Reviewed: April 2, 1999
Reviewer: Fortunat Mueller-Maerki from Sussex, NJ United States


George Daniels, residing on the Isle of Man, (UK) is not only one of a handfull of people alive today who regularly make one-of-a-kind watches completly from strach by themselves (including dial, case, movement, hands etc), but he unquestionably is the most creative of the few who are truely "watchmakers" (rather than watch repaireres or workers in a watch factory.

The republishing of "Watchmaking", after it has been out of print for many years must be one of the outstanding events of this year in horological book publishing. Every serious watch collector around the world, who had been lusting for his own copy after seeing copies of older watchcollecting friends can now aford to buy his or her own copy, rather than pay the outrageous prices at antiquarian booksellers.

The book is undoubtedly the most important volume in currently in print (was promised for Jan 1999, finally first copies delivered in April 1999)for horologists and enthusiasts about craftsman made watches anywhere.

A "must" for anybody interested in watchmaking techniques and watchmaking technology.

Fortunat F. Mueller-Maerki, pob 386, Sussex NJ 07461

NAWCC Life # 174
Chair, NWCM Library and Research Center Committee


You can reach me at horology@horology.com
 

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Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Yea verily. Lots of new material especially on the coaxial. Even if you own the original its still worth having the second edition.

Dr. Jon
 

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FMM,

Could you pleased enlighten me on what the outrageous prices are for an original?

Thanks.

Jon

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Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Appearently the 1999 edition is now out of print as well (according to amazon.com). When published the US price at amazon.com was $120, and amazon now carries used copies starting at $145.

Fortunat F. Mueller-Maerki, pob 386, Sussex NJ 07461

NAWCC Life # 174
Chair, NWCM Library and Research Center Committee


You can reach me at horology@horology.com
 

Jon Hanson

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Thank you.

However, I see these regularly from $75.00 up depending on the condition and the seller!

Jon Hanson, NAWCC #8801
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Charles Isham

Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Thanks to Fortunat, Jon H, and the moderator for this informative suject and posts, replies.

I am not interested in doing watchmaking but this book has been on my want list because of the great George Daniels and the information contained therein.

I like books for knowledge and I think that any advice or assistance to help acquire knowledge is important. The tips for acquiring this WATCHMAKING book is one thing that makes this message board such a great tool.

Charles

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Mike Kearney

Review (short): Daniels, George; Watchmaking

Just Wondering, I don't mean to split hairs, but it's my belief that the restriction is on timepiece valuations. As an association of watch and clock collectors, I can see why we have a rule against doing timepiece valuations: it would be a full time job and nobody would have time for more interesting things.

Books, I think, are a different category altogether. Almost none of us are experts in that (least of all me, I'm just a moderator).
If Jon wants to discuss the the going price for a first edition of Watchmaking, or even ask where to find one, that's OK with me. He can't sell one here though, but he can give one away if he wants.

Regards,
Mike
 

Jon Hanson

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Hi Mike,

You are correct--I DID give one away but it was last Christmas; however, it was my last duplicate!;)

Jon

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Jon,

I can help you replenish your supply.... :)

Cheers, Ralph
 

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