Good book for learning about chronographs?

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  1. Luca

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    I'd like to learn more about how old mechanical chronographs, jump seconds, etc. work, naming of parts and so forth. Especially the pocket watch variety. Anyone have book recommendations that might give me a start?

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  2. rrwatch

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    You might try these two books:

    1. Complicated Watches and Their Repair By Donald de Carle, pub by NAG Press, London, England

    2. Complicated Watches by Emanuel Seibel and Orville Hagans,
    pub by The Roberts Publishing Co., Denver CO, USA.
     
  3. Luca

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    Thanks, I will hunt those down.

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  4. Charles E. Davis

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    You will probably also be interested in Richard Watkins translation of "Essay on Repeater Watches."
    It is available along with a lot of other interesting titles on his web page "Watkinsr.id.au/"
    Charlie Davis, La Verne, CA
     
  5. Luca

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    Charlie,
    I'll look that one up too.

    Thanks,

    Luca
     
  6. Richard Watkins

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    A very good book (but not perfect) is LeCoultre "Guide to Complicated Watches". I think better is Humbert "The chronograph, its mechanism and repair" but I don't think it includes jump seconds (LeCoultre does). Both are better than Decarle and Seibel & Hagans.

    Regarding repeaters, I decided my introduction to Crespe was poor and so I have written 2 1/2 articles on repeaters which are much better. They are meant to appear in the Bulletin in the not too distant future.
     
  7. Luca

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    Wow, wonderful resource your site! Thanks for all the recommendations. Maybe I can slowly start to understand how these cams, column wheels, springs, etc. work. As much as anything I hope to one day be able to look at a movement and have a better idea as to whether it is complete and what might be wrong or missing. Case in point being a Tiffany split seconds pocket watch with jump seconds that I have. It works only when the jump seconds are engaged - otherwise it quits. I suppose it also needs cleaning and oiling.

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