Review of Antique Watch Restoration Vol. I by Archie B. Perkins Copyright 2012 by Archie B. Perkins Published by American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ISBN Number 987-0-615-63360-2 This book is a must buy for anyone interested in learning about restoring antique watches and clocks. This interest can range from a person considering purchase of a watch in restoration to a profession watch restoration professional. The book is based on 25 years of writing in Horological Times, the publication of the AWCI so many professional watch repair people have seen this material before. Here is an outline of the book. This is condensed to avoid unauthorized reproduction of the book Restoring an English Fusee Lever Watch a. Assembly etc b. Fusee chains c. Making and mounting Fusee ratchet wheels d. Fusee clicks e Fusee Barrels f. Fusee design and construction Staking tools History Use Identification of punches and stumps Correct use Gear trains Characteristics Types Worm and worm wheels Tools for correcting gear teeth Cutters for gears Finishing methods for gear wheels Maintaining Watch trains Straightening pivots Various tools for pivots Jacot Lathe Dorrington Lathe Wig Wag Polisher The book is a few pages shy of 300, US Letter size pages. The first section, as noted, is on restoring fusee watches, especially the fusee drive section. Some of this material is in DeCarle’s book but Perkins adds instruction on how to make the tools to do the work and is more detailed. Section 3 (my outline) has a strong emphasis on American Watches. It has specific examples of how to make replacement winding wheels to match the ornate designs of several US makers. The tools include a description of a rose engine attachment for a watchmakers lathe to match some patterns on winding wheels. As expected from Archie Perkins, the writing is detailed and practical. The books is exceptionally well priced, especially if you are an NAWCC member and can buy it with the member’s discount. To me, and I have voted with my wallet, the book is must have. I am very surprised that the book has not been reviewed before. It is an excellent book and fabulous value.