Digitized books related to watches and watchmaking

The following list provides links to digitised books that can be downloaded, read and printed.

Three points should be noted.
  • There are significant problems with some of the Google books; missing plates, badly scanned plates, missing pages and, all too common, only one volume of a set digitised. Very common is that folding plates have been scanned without unfolding them! This problem is extremely serious because some or all of the text without usable plates is often unintelligible and so useless. The unprofessional approach to making books available on line is very disappointing.
  • The availability of the "full view" of a Google book varies by country and it depends on local copyright laws. United states law places all books published before 1923 in the public domain. In contrast, in Australia an old book enters the public domain 50 years after the death of the author, and so it can be difficult to determine if a book is still under copyright. Google is very conservative, the cut off date of 1855 corresponding to an author dying in 1955 and so about 120 years old on his or her death!, assuming the book was written at age 20.
    Book availability is flagged; for example USA only? Because this list has been compiled in Australia, links to USA only books could not be provided.
    Please, if anyone adds a book to this list could they note the country in which it was accessed.
  • Many of the books are of marginal interest, but they have been included all on the basis that it is not for one person to decide what other people are interested in.


Abbott, Henry G.: American Watchmaker and Jeweler, 1898
USA only? Google Book​
Abbott, Henry G.: History of the American Waltham Watch Company of Waltham Mass., 1905
USA only? Google Book​
Abbott, Henry G.: The Watch Factories of America, Past and Present, 1888
Worldwide? Smithsonian Institution Libraries​
Anon: Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents, 1869
USA only? Google Book​
Anon: English Mechanic and World of Science, 1891
USA only? Google Book (Vol. VIII)​
Anon: The Lathe & It's Uses, 1868
USA only? Google Book​
Anon: Patents for Inventions_ - Abridgements (watches, clocks, ...), 1858
USA only? Google Book​
Auch, Jakob: Handbuch fur landuhrmacher, 1827
Worldwide? Google Book (No plates at all.)​
Baines, E: History, directory and gazetter of the county palatine of Lancaster, 1824
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1 only)​
Barnum, Pheanus: Struggles and Triumphs of Forty Years' Recollection, 1871
USA only? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A rudimentary treatise on clock and watchmaking, 1850
Worldwide? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches, & Bells for Public Purposes, 1874
USA only? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A rudimentary treatise on clock and watchmaking, 1903
Worldwide Gutenberg (Lacking frontis.)​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): Clocks, Watches, & Bells, 1908
USA only? Google Book​
Beckmann, J.: A history of inventions, discoveries and origins, 1817
Worldwide? Google Book​
Benjamin, Park: Appletons Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics (Vol I), 1880
USA only? Google Book​
Benjamin, Park: Appletons Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics (Vol II), 1891
USA only? Google Book​
Benjamin, Park: Modern Mechanism, 1892
USA only? Google Book​
Benson, James: Time and Time-Tellers, 1875
USA only? Google Book​
Berner, G. A. and Audetat, E: Pierre-Frederic Ingold, 1787-1878, 1962
Worldwide
Bernoulli, Johann: Beschreibung des Furstenthums Welsch-Neuenburg und Vallengin, 1783
Worldwide? Google Book (No map, but the map is available from here)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: De la mesure du temps: ou Supplément au Traité des horloges marines et a l'Essai sur l'horlogerie, 1787
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Eclaircissemens sur l'invention, 1786
Worldwide e-rara​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 1 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 1 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 2 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide? Google Book (vol 1 only, no plates.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide? Google Book (vol 2 only, plates badly scanned.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide e-rara (both volumes.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: L’art de conduire et de regler les pendules et les montres, 1805
Worldwide Google Book​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: L’art de conduire et de regler les pendules et les montres, 1811
Worldwide Google Book (One plate scanned folded.)​
Bevan, G. Phillips: British Manufacturing Industries, 1876
USA only? Google Book​
Blakey, William: On horlogery, comparisons on the french and english arts 1792
Worldwide? Google Book (Gentleman’s Magazine pages 328-330 and 403-406.)​
Bowman, John: Lancaster’s part in the world’s watchmaking industry, 1945
Worldwide
Bowring, John: Report on the commerce and manufactures of Switzerland, 1836
Worldwide Google Book​
Brearly, H.C.: Time telling through the ages, 1896
USA only? Google Book​
Breguet, student of: L’art de l’horlogerie enseigne en trente lecons, 1827
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates badly scanned and useless.)​
Booth, Mary L.: New and complete clock and watchmakers’ manual, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book​
Booth, Mary L.: New and Complete Clock and Watchmakers' Manual, 1863
USA only? Google Book​
Booth, Mary L.: New and Complete Clock and Watchmakers' Manual, 1877
USA only? Google Book​
Boquillon, N.: Etudes techniques sur l’exposition des produits de l’industrie francaise en 1844, 1844
Worldwide? Google Book​
Borsendorff, L: The history of a watch followed by a conversation on watchmaking between Mr Trottevite and Mr Vabien, 1869
Worldwide
Bowman, John J.: Lancaster's Part in the World's Watchmaking Industry, 1945
USA only? Google Book​
Brearley, Harry C.: Time Telling Through the Ages, 1919
USA only? Google Book​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book (Volumes I - IV)​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1874
USA only? Google Book (Volume XXIV)​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1882
USA only? Google Book (Volume XVI)​
Britten, Fredrick J.: Former Clock & Watchmaker and their Work, 1894
USA only? Google Book​
Britten, Fredrick J.: On the Springing and Adjusting of Watches, 1898
USA only? Google Book​
Britten, Fredrick J.: The Watch & Clock makers' Handbook, 1881
USA only? Google Book (4th edn)​
Britten, Fredrick J.: The Watch & Clock makers' Handbook,1896
USA only? Google Book (9th edn)​
Buffat, E: History and design of the Roskopf watch, 1914
Worldwide
Camus, F.J. de: Traite des forces mouvants, 1722
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Camus, C. E. L.: Cours de mathematique Cours de mathematique, 1749
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1 only)​
Camus, C. E. L. (trans Hawkins, J. I.): A treatise on the teeth of wheels, 1837
Worldwide? Google Book (2nd edn, missing 2 plates and other faults. A corrected copy is available from here.)​
Camus, C. E. L. (trans Hawkins, J. I.): A treatise on the teeth of wheels, 1837
Worldwide? Google Book (2nd edn, some poor plates. A correct copy is available from here.)​
Carpenter, W. B.: Mechanical philosophy, horology and astronomy, 1848
Worldwide? Google Book​
Carpenter, W. B.: Mechanical philosophy, horology and astronomy, 1857
Worldwide? Google Book​
Carpenter, William: Mechanical Philosophy Horology and Astronomy, 1868
USA only? Google Book​
Chambre syndicale de l'horlogerie de Paris: Revue chronométrique, 1888-1889
USA only? Google Book (Volume 15.)​
Chambre syndicale de l'horlogerie de Paris: Revue chronométrique, 1896-1897
USA only? Google Book (Volume 19.)​
Clockmakers Company: Charter and bye-laws, 1825
Worldwide? Google Book​
Colvin, Fred & Stanley, Frank: Machine Shop Primer, 1910
USA only? Google Book​
Crane, Frank: Time Telling Through the Ages, 1919
USA only? Google Book (An 8 page advertising booklet which accompanied Brearley Time Telling Through the Ages.)​
Crespe, Francois: Essay on repeater watches, 1804
Worldwide
Davis, Geroge & Palmer, Potter: The World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, 1893
USA only? Google Book​
Denison, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, 1850
Worldwide? Google Book​
Dubois, P.: Collection archeologique du Prince Pierre Soltykoff, horlogerie, 1858
Worldwide? Google Book (Probably OK, but there are a few pages of irrelevant stuff from another book after page 79!)​
Dubois, P.: Histoire de l’horlogerie depuis son origine jusqu’a nos jours, 1849
Worldwide? Google Book (Probably missing 2 plates with 2 plates repeated.)​
Encyclopedia Britannica (Beckett, Sir Edmund): (Clock and watch work from the eighth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1855
Worldwide? Google Book​
[England]: The Goldsmiths, jewellers, silversmiths, watchmakers, opticians, and cutlers directory for London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield, 1863
Worldwide? Google Book​
Favre-Perret, E: Philadelphia Exhibition 1876, report presented to the Federal High Council on the Horology Industry, 1877
Worldwide
Figuier, L.: Les grandes inventions anciennes et modernes dans les sciences, l’industrie et les arts, 1870
Worldwide? Google Book​
Francillon, Andre: History of Longines preceded by an essay on the Agassiz Comptoir, 1947
Worldwide
Francoeur, L. B.: Traite elementaire de mecanique, 1807
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned badly and/or folded and so useless.)​
Frasse & Co.: Catalogue and Price-list of Fine Imported American Machinery, Tools, Material and Supplies, 1875
USA only? Google Book​
Fritts, C.E.: The watch adjuster’s manual, 1894
Worldwide archive.org​
Frodsham, Charles: Laws of isochronism of the balance spring, 1847
Worldwide? Google Book (Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume VI, 1847, pp 224-254)​
Garnier, J.: Nouveau manuel complet du ciseleur 1859
Worldwide? Google Book​
Girault, C.: Elements de geometrie appliquee mathematics a la transformation du mouvement dans les machines, 1858
Worldwide? Google Book​
Glasglow, David: Watch and Clock Making, 1885
USA only? Google Book​
Goodrich, C. & Stanley, F.: Accurate Tool Work, 1907
USA only? Google Book​
Graupmann, E: The finishing of the watch case, 1910
Worldwide
Gribi, Theophilices: Practical Course in Adjusting, 1901
USA only? Google Book​
Grossmann, Jules & Hermann: Lessons in Horology, 1905
USA only? Google Book​
Grossmann, Moritz: A practical and theoretical treatise on the detached lever escapement, 1884
Worldwide archive.org​
Grossmann, Moritz: Prize Essay on the Construction of a Simple and Mechanically Perfect Watch, 1891
USA only? Google Book​
Grossmann, Moritz: Prize Essay on the Construction of a Simple and Mechanically Perfect Watch, 1880
Worldwide
Hagans, Orville: Odd but true, facts not fiction about time, 1945?
Worldwide
Hasluck, Paul: Lathe Work, 1883
USA only? Google Book​
Hasluck, Paul N.: The Watch Jobber's Handybook, 1893
USA only? Google Book (3rd edn)​
Hachette: Traite elementaire des machines, 1819
Worldwide? Google Book (2nd edition)​
Harrison, John: The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, 1767
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Haton de la Goupilliere, J. N.: Traite theorique et pratique des engrenages 1861
Worldwide? Google Book​
Hillmann, B: The keyless mechanism, a practical treatise on its design and repair, 1910
Worldwide
Hiscox, Gardner: Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and Processes, 1914
USA only? Google Book​
Holtzapffel: Turning and mechanical manipulation 1846
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1)​
Holtzapffel, Charles: Turning and Mechanical Manipulation on the Lathe, 1850
USA only? Google Book (Vol. III)​
Hopkins, C.: The watchmaker’s and jeweler’s handbook, 1866
Worldwide? Google Book​
Horrins, J. (John Harrison Jnr): Memoirs of a trait in the character of George III, 1835
Worldwide? Google Book (Missing pages 80-81.)​
[House of Commons]: Report from the select committee into the petition of Thomas Mudge, 1793
Worldwide? Google Book​
Imison, John: The school of arts, 1798
Worldwide? Google Book (Some bad pages, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Jahn, G. A.: Anleitung zur genauen bestimmung des ganges und standes der uhren, 1842
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Jamieson, John: Jamieson Spurious ancient watch of K. Robert Bruce 1785
Worldwide? Google Book (Gentleman’s Magazine pp 687-689)​
Japy, Frederic: Patent for five years, for various horological machines, 1799
Worldwide
Jeanneret, F. A. M. and Bonhote, J. H.: Biographie neuchateloise 1863
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1)​
Jeanneret-Oehl, A.: Souvenirs du sejour d’une horloger neuchatelois en Chine 1866
Worldwide? Google Book​
Jones, Franklin: Modern Toolmaking Methods, 1915
USA only? Google Book​
Kater, Henry and Lardner, D.: Treatise on Mechanics 1830
Worldwide Google Book​
Knight, Howard: Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, 1877
USA only? Google Book (Volume I A-Gas)​
Knight, Howard: Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, 1877
USA only? Google Book (Volume II Gas-Rea)​
Knight, Howard: Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, 1877
USA only? Google Book (Volume III Res-Zum)​
Knight, Howard: Knight's New Mechanical Dictionary, 1884
USA only? Google Book​
Labarte, J.: Description de la collection Debruge Dumenil 1847
Worldwide? Google Book​
Labarte, J.: Handbook of the arts of the middle ages 1855
Worldwide? Google Book​
Lardner, D.: A treatise on the progressive improvement and present state of the manufactures in metal, 1831
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1)​
Lardner, D.: A treatise on the progressive improvement and present state of the manufactures in metal, 1833
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 2)​
Lardner, D.: A treatise on the progressive improvement and present state of the manufactures in metal, 1853
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 3)​
Le Normand, L. S.: Manuel de l’horloger, 1830
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Lukin, James: The Amateur Mechanic's Workshop, 1870
USA only? Google Book​
Manuel Del Rio, P. F.: Arte de reloxes de ruedas, para torre sala y falbriquera, 1798
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1 only; only 1 plate of 13 and it is folded and useless.)​
Markham, Edward R.: Tool-Making, 1919
USA only? Google Book​
Marsh, Edward A.: The Evolution of Automatic Machinery, 1896
USA only? Google Book​
Marsh, Edward A: History of early watchmaking in America, 1890
Worldwide
Marsh, Edward A: History, 1921
Worldwide
Martin, T.: The circle of the mechanical arts, 1813
Worldwide? Google Book​
Meyer, J.: Der grundlehren der uhrmacherkunst, 1864
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Moinet, Louis: Nouveau traite general, elementaire, pratique et theorique d’horlogerie, 1848
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 1 only; plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Moore, Hudson: The Old Clock Book, 1936
USA only? Google Book​
Moore, Richard: The Universal Assistant and Complete Mechanic, 1882
USA only? Google Book​
Myers, S.F.: Catalogue No. 22, 1884
Worldwide
Nelthropp, H. L.: A Treaties on Watch-Work Past and Present, 1873
USA only? Google Book​
Nicholson, John: The operative mechanic and british machinist, 1825
Worldwide? Google Book (Probably 2 vols in 1; probably no plates.)​
Nicholson, John: The operative mechanic and british machinist, 1831
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 2; some plates folded and useless.)​
Osterwald, FS: Description of the mountains and valleys of Neuchatel and Valangin, 1766
Worldwide
Paley, W.: Paley’s theology with illustrations, or evidences of the existence and attributes of the deity, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book​
Piaget, H. F.: The watch - its construction, its merits and defects, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book (1st edition)​
Playtner, R.: An Analysis of the Lever Escapement, 1895
USA only? Google Book​
Playtner, R.: An Analysis of the Lever Escapement, 1910
Worldwide? Project Gutenberg (Can be downloaded as zipped html and image files.)​
Poppe, J. H. M. von: Ausfuhrliche geschichte der theoretisch-praktischen uhrmacherkunst, 1797
Worldwide? Google Book (Some pages badly scanned.)​
Porter, G. R.: A treatise on the progressive improvement and present state of the manufacture of porcelain and glass, 1832
Worldwide? Google Book (1846 edn is also available)​
Reed, J.P.: Patents, 1850-1890
Worldwide
Rees, Abraham: The Cyclopaedia, 1820
USA only? Google Book (Plates Vol II, horology page 380.)​
Reid, Thomas: A treatise on clock and watch making, 1832
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Reid, Thomas: A treatise on clock and watch making, 1859
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Robert, Henri: Etudes sur diverses questions d’horlogerie, 1852
Worldwide? Google Book​
Robison, John: A system of mechanical philosophy, 1822
Worldwide? Google Book (Vol 2 of 4 only; no plates.)​
Rolt-Wheller, Francis: The Boy With the U. S. Inventors, 1920
USA only? Google Book​
[Saturday Magazine]: Manufacture of Watches in Switzerland, 1842
Worldwide
Salomons, David: Breguet 1747-1823, 1921
Worldwidearchive.org (main volume only.)​
Saunier, Claudius (Tr. Tripplin): The Watchmakers' Hand-Book, 1881
USA only? Google Book​
Shadwell, C. F. A.: Notes on the management of chronometers and the measurement of meridian distances, 1861
Worldwide? Google Book​
Shelly, C.: Workshop Appliances, 1883
USA only? Google Book​
Smith, John: Old Scottish clockmakers from 1453 to 1850, 1888
Worldwide www.archive.org/​
[Society of Arts]: Reports of artisans selected by a committee appointed by the council of the Society of Arts to visit the Paris Universal Exhibition, 1867, 1867
Worldwide? Google Book​
[Societe Suisse de Chronometrie] (Berner, G. A.?): Some notes on Pierre-Frederic Ingold and the work of E. Haudenschild, 1932
Worldwide
Swinton, John: A model factory in a model city: A social study [of the Waltham watch factory, 1883
USA only? Google Book​
Sully, Henry: Regle artificielle du temps 1714
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless, may not be complete.)​
Thiout: Traite d’Horlogerie Mechanique et Pratique, Vol 1 1741
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Thiout: Traite d’Horlogerie Mechanique et Pratique, Vol 2 1741
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Thomson, A.: Time and timekeepers, 1842
Worldwide? Google Book​
Walker, Francis A.: International Exhibition 1876 - Reports and Awards - Group XXI, 1877
USA only? Google Book (Watchmaking Machinery p 46.)​
Waltham Watch Company: The Perfected American Watch, 1900
USA only? Google Book​
Waltham Watch Company: Watchmakers' Handbook (revised), nd
USA only? Google Book​
Waterbury Watch Co.: Ali-Baba and the forty theives, 1889
Worldwide
Watkins, Richard: Mainspring Gauges and the Dennison Combined Gauge, 2009
Worldwide
Watkins, Richard: Mechanical Watches An Annotated Bibliography of Publications since 1800, 2004
Worldwide
Watkins, Richard: Watchmaking and the American System of Manufacturing, 2009
Worldwide
Watson, James C.: American Watches-an extract for Report on Horology at the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876, 1877
Worldwide
Watson, James C.: American Watches-an extract for Report on Horology at the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876, 1877
USA only? Google Book​
Winton, Ian: A Model Factory in a Model City, 1887
USA only? Google Book​
Zerella y Ycoaga, Don Manuel: Tratado general y matematico de reloxeria, 1789
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​

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