Review of Marking Time By Michael Korda

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  1. Dr. Jon

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    Michael Korda is the editer in chief at Simon and Shuster and a watch collector. Mr. Korda is a very heavy hitter in his profession, and I sure would not like to run into him at auction if I were in the market for a complicated 19th century Patek with papers. I am sure that considering his considerable achievements as an author and editor this book was a work of love.

    The book, published by Barnes and Noble, is a very fine guide to watch collecting at a very general level.

    He discusses his evolution to collection of complicated Patek pocket watches of the late 19th century with significant provenence paperwork. He also give a lot of advice most of which I think is excellent.

    I think he is wrong on one particular. He says that recently it was possible to obtain Lange Watches at a faction of the current going prices. Not my experience and I was looking in the mid 70's. I wonder how carefully he check this.

    Another area where I think he may have missed out is that he views watch collectors as alone and largely isolated. A lot of my enjoyment has been with the people I have met and stayed in contact with, desite many job driven relocations. I also enjoy NAWCC meetings and our local Greater Boston Watch and Clock club meetings.

    He has a lot us useful advice on buying wearing and caring for watches and suggestion on what others should collect.

    He has useful suggestion regarding how to get a waistcoat (Vest) altered for pocket watch wear. I was surprised that he did not suggest getting trousers with a watch pocket as I have done.

    Aside from these quibbles its a very nice offering and very good to give to spouses, friends and colleagues who think we are all a tad weird.

    The book is very very inexpensive. I found it in the collectable section at my local Barnes and Noble.
     
  2. Dr. Jon

    Dr. Jon Registered User
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    Dec 14, 2001
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    Michael Korda is the editer in chief at Simon and Shuster and a watch collector. Mr. Korda is a very heavy hitter in his profession, and I sure would not like to run into him at auction if I were in the market for a complicated 19th century Patek with papers. I am sure that considering his considerable achievements as an author and editor this book was a work of love.

    The book, published by Barnes and Noble, is a very fine guide to watch collecting at a very general level.

    He discusses his evolution to collection of complicated Patek pocket watches of the late 19th century with significant provenence paperwork. He also give a lot of advice most of which I think is excellent.

    I think he is wrong on one particular. He says that recently it was possible to obtain Lange Watches at a faction of the current going prices. Not my experience and I was looking in the mid 70's. I wonder how carefully he check this.

    Another area where I think he may have missed out is that he views watch collectors as alone and largely isolated. A lot of my enjoyment has been with the people I have met and stayed in contact with, desite many job driven relocations. I also enjoy NAWCC meetings and our local Greater Boston Watch and Clock club meetings.

    He has a lot us useful advice on buying wearing and caring for watches and suggestion on what others should collect.

    He has useful suggestion regarding how to get a waistcoat (Vest) altered for pocket watch wear. I was surprised that he did not suggest getting trousers with a watch pocket as I have done.

    Aside from these quibbles its a very nice offering and very good to give to spouses, friends and colleagues who think we are all a tad weird.

    The book is very very inexpensive. I found it in the collectable section at my local Barnes and Noble.
     
  3. WatchDoc

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    I agree with your review; I would definately stress that this book is for the truly uninitiated novice. The vast majority of members would probably find the knowledge here pretty basic. But for the price its not bad :)
     

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