M. Cutmore Watches, 1850-1980

ISBN 13: 9780715314616

Watches, 1850-1980

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9780715314616: Watches, 1850-1980

This book traces the history of the machinemade watch from 1850 onwards, when prices dropped and the watches became available to the public at large. As well as considering the mainstream developments in Europe, America and the Far East, the author tackles new ground in a detailed examination of the companies that pioneered the new methods and dealt with the problems of manufacturing small, interchangeable parts. For the collector, there is advice on repair, plus an introduction to the development of electric and electronic watches. Full references are provided to enable readers to pursue their own interests further, plus a wealth of helpful diagrams and fascinating photographs, Essential reading for all watch enthusiasts!

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About the Author:

M. Cutmore is a chartered engineer who served in the Royal Navy before taking up a post as a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. He is an acknowledged expert on watches, with a long-standing interest in horology. His previous books, The Watch Collector's Handbook and The Pocket Watch Handbook, have become standard works on this subject.

From Library Journal:

The author of Watch Collector's Handbook and Pocket Watch Handbook now provides watch collectors and jewelers with a solid general introduction to the history of mechanically made watches since 1850. A brief overview of pre-1850 watchmaking techniques sets the scene for the development and use of the Swiss jeweled lever escapement and interchangeable mechanical parts popular since 1950. The impact of World War II on European watchmakers, the effect of Timex watches in 1952 on Swiss and English manufacturers, and the rise of Oriental manufacturers are all discussed, with major attention given to the history of English, Swiss, and American watchmakers. Manufacturing principles and a summary of electronic watches completes the historical survey. This is rather dry reading, and it lacks an identification and price guide, but it provides excellent background material for those interested in the field. Recommended for public libraries.
- Ann E. Cohen, Rochester P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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