Recommend watchmaking and toolmaking books

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  1. USforest

    USforest Registered User

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hi, I would like to know what are the books recommended for making watch parts ( clutch wheel, balance staff, hour hand to face dial and casing) and books on tool making for screw drivers, staking punches to other commonly used tools for watchmaking.
  2. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki National Library Chair
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    Aug 25, 2000
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    Sussex New Jersey USA
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    In my personal opinion the best book explaining how to make (all) parts of watch remains:

    # Title: Watchmaking
    # Author: George Daniels, David Penney
    # Publisher: Sotheby's Park Bernet Publications
    Keywords: advanced theoretical practical
    ISBN: 0 85667 497 4 -- Library of Congress: TS545.D34 1999
    Language: ENG
    Notes: a detailed description on how to make a watch from scratch, by the aknowledged master
    Edition: 1999, revised Edition -- Copyright: 1981
    Kind: Book
    Type: Watch (general)
    Geographic area: UnitedKingdom
    Topic: Making Craft
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 420 -- Height in cm: 26
    Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    BHM No: 346

  3. USforest

    USforest Registered User

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hi I have the watchmaking book by george daniels, would like to gain more knowledge and look at other techniques/methods taught by other watchmakers. Can you recommend me other books ? What about book that teaches one to make watchmaking tool like burnisher, punches, angle rulers ?
  4. Dr. Jon

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    Dec 14, 2001
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    I agree with Fortunat that Daniels is the best single source and it does describe the making of tools.

    Two other books worth looking at are

    1) Watchmaker's Handbook by Saunier
    2) Watch and Clockmaking by Glasgow

    Both desccribe either how to make or to modify tools for watchmaking . They have the added benefit of beign free downloads from Google Books.

    Both are 19th century but it is surprising how many tools they describe are still in current use.
  5. USforest

    USforest Registered User

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hi I am glad both books are free to download. Would you mind recommending the top 5 watch repair books as well since the thread is created. :D
  6. user

    user Registered User

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hi. Can you post the exact two links for these two books, because I couldn't find them.
    Thank you.
  7. Ralph B

    Ralph B Registered User

    Nov 25, 2006
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