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by E. A. Ayres,Donald De Carle

This bookdescribes the theories and processes of repairing and adjusting the modern watch in precise and meticulous detail. De Carle takes his reader through every stage and operation of watch repairing, and with 553 illustrations, it can justifiably claim to be the best illustrated book on practical horology yet issued, and one of the best of its kind on any subject.
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ISBN: 0719800307
ISBN13: 978-0719800306
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: E. A. Ayres,Donald De Carle
Language: English
Publisher: N.A.G. Press; 3rd edition (June 28, 1996)
Pages: 319 pages
ePUB size: 1203 kb
FB2 size: 1998 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 443
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i don't like this particular book because it is a poor reprint of a 1946 book... a number of the illustrations (and there are many) are illegible due to the poor reproduction...

finding a better printing of this book would be rewarding, but i suppose what can you expect for a reprint? the content is dated, but useful and instructive for tooling and general principles - well written and understandable for the novice

that said, much better to buy a used one of these books - the price of a new reprint isn't worth it
I've been trying to go through this book for the past couple of weeks since getting it and this is what I can tell you from my experience so far...

The first few chapters go over basics like what your work area should look like, be lit, what tools to use, how to use then BAM!!! The book goes right into how to take a watch apart. I like to understand something really well before I make an attempt at doing it which is what I tried to do with this book. I finally got frustrated when I got to the part of the book that started to explain how to take apart the balance wheel and how the escapement works. I couldn't get past a certain page after reading it five times. That's when it occurred to me that it might help me understand what I'm reading if I actually try to take apart a watch. So I gave it a go...

Yes, that's how you can get the most out of this book. Sure, you can read all about "run to the banking" and the theory of how the escapement works but it won't sink in until you actually start taking a watch apart (it's akin to swimming, sure I can tell you how to swim freestyle but until you actually get into the water, you won't know how to kick properly and use your arms together). Yeah, I royally screwed-up the balance spring on the watch that I was taking apart but I learned a LOT in that hour with the help of the book than if I were to only read the book--or God forbid--I try to take a watch apart without any kind of guidance. So it's a "read the section a couple of times and then try to do it on a watch" type of approach that helped me.

This book has a TON of information so try to not get dismayed/bogged down by it's detail. An example of this is how you can adjust the run to the banking by either bending pins (if that's how the watch is is designed) or by cutting away at the movement case and bending the remaining metal acting as a "pin" to either lengthen or shorten the run. In reality, when you're taking apart your first watch you're probably not going to be focusing on diagnosing a problem and figuring out what you need to do to repair the watch right away. I just don't know if everyone is necessarily trying to fix their first watch as much as they are trying to learn how a watch works and how the parts all fit/work together. So you have to know what to take in deeply and what you can casually read and use as reference later. A newbie with lots of enthusiasm can use this book but it won't be easy to follow.

It's a great book with tons of information but I have to admit that I got another book that should be arriving today that has the term "beginner" in the title.
Let's start by saying that if you are looking for colorful high-resolution photographs or how to perform basic watch repair operations - this is not the book.

Unless you are a certified watch repairer, this book will likely take you from a beginner level (or like me, from an online watch repair school grad) to the next level. You already need to know about the mechanisms and concepts of a mechanical watch to get the maximum benefit from this book. You may read sections several times, each time getting more insight and information.

Every section of the book is really excellent. I reference the section on interpreting timegrapher results constantly... at least until it's all memorized and understood. I'm currently reading the chapter on the pallet fork and escape wheel for the third time and can see it's going to require another 2-3 times through it to fully appreciate all the subtleties.
Keep in mind that this book was first written in 1946 and additions made to it up until 1963. With that being said, this has got to be the complete encyclopedia of watch making at the time of writing it. The author, Donald E. Carle is no doubt an authority of horology. The language he uses is old British and a little hard to understand in places and some of the equipment and materials he advises are no longer available or have been found to be health hazards in today's world. This book contains a wealth of information, but unless you are a professional horologist and willing to invest 10's of thousands of dollars in tools and equipment it has more information than you will ever use. But it does contain everything and I mean everything that you could possibly want to know about vintage mechanical watches. I guess the author assumes that the reader already has considerable experience in watch repair by the layout of the book. It starts out discussing needed tools and then by chapter 3 it explains completely disassembling a wrist watch movement. The steps he uses are not what I would recommend. The first thing he suggests removing on the back of the movement is the balance wheel assembly, which in my opinion has got to be the most difficult part of watch disassembly of all. Unless you have an extreme amount of previous experience, you will permanently trash your watch by starting at this point. The balance wheel assembly is very delicate and easily damaged. In the time period this book was written replacement parts may have been readily available. That is not the case today. The majority of the parts for these vintage watches are no longer made in today's market place and finding a replacement part can in some cases be close to impossible. He does explain how to make or repair some parts of a watch, but without the specialized tools needed to do this, it would be impossible to do today and finding those specialized tools would be a difficult task in itself and very expensive. Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you want to learn extensive watch repair.
This book is way more technical than I'd expected - more for someone wishing to become a watchmaker, not for the hobbyist, looking to maintain his own collection.
The print and images are a little out of focus, as if it was photocopied too many times. Also, the subject matter concentrates on older, mainspring-driven watches. There's almost nothing on Automatics or Quartz movements (which is what I primarily was seeking).