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Tim A. Swike
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Dec 1 2010
This book will introduce you to the fascinating world of watch making. It is designed for the average person with zero knowledge of watch mechanics, building, or repair. This book will teach you some of the basics on how a watch works. It will also show you where to buy the right watch parts, how to assemble them, and how to regulate the time. Don't buy another $1000 watch when you can build one for $100. This book also comes with a full color PDF file ebook for your computer or smart phone.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners April 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I expected more in-depth details with more complexity but its a good start and well illustrated. I was looking for actual ways to build cases and dials versus buying existing pieces and assembling them
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2.0 out of 5 stars Basic guide to "modding" watches. March 25 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very basic information of hand/dial/bezel swaps that is freely available on any of the forums referenced in the supplements to this book. Not worth the money in my opinion. Kudos to the author for wanting to make money from his hobby but this book requires proofreading and an editor before charging $9.99 for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Sept. 29 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read it cover to cover, and can't wait to make my first watch. I was a little skeptical when I bought it, but have no regrets. It delivers on the claims, you will be able to make your own watch.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit thanks! July 12 2011
Format:Paperback
This book delivers what is says. It is appropriate for the beginner to get their toes wet.

Hmmm! Now to order my parts and tools.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely well done Jan. 27 2011
By photoguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I tinkered a bit with modding Seiko watches and found that I really enjoyed it. I wanted to take it to the next level and stumbled onto the e-book version of Beginner Watchmaking while searching for tutorials and instruction. I figured that if I was going to start tinkering with watches I needed to know what I was doing. I purchased my copy from that popular auction site and although there were previews it was difficult for me to tell if the book would be useful or not. So basically I took a leap of faith and bought it. (I noticed the amazon previews are much easier to see)

I had hoped to learn about how to disassemble watches and rebuild with custom parts. I'm happy to say that all of this information is in there in much greater detail than I could have possibly hoped for. This alone was worth the cost of admission. But what inspired me to write a review was all of the "bonus" stuff I hadn't bargained for. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the inner workings of the watch, the various parts, how they all work together etc. It's so much more than just a DIY book. I feel confident that I have a solid base of understanding to build on.

When you consider the subject matter it could certainly make for a boring or overly technical book. Not so in this case. The information is presented in a style I particularly enjoy; lots and lots of clear, well-done photos with a perfect ratio of text. It's an enjoyable read and after getting through the entire book one time I felt that I had grasped most of it. At two-hundred, eighty-something pages there's a lot of info in there. It's all good solid stuff with no filler.

So my leap of faith paid off. I feel that I got more than my money's worth and it doesn't get much better than that.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Place to Start Feb. 13 2011
By T. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is definitely a good place to start in the hobby of watchmaking. It is apparent, though, that when it was published budget was a huge part. You can tell that the book was also written by a watchmaker and not an author, so it is in plain, uncomplicated language. Even though this book is not the highest quality book, it does contain a lot of useful information and is a great place to start. The author gives you planting of websites to buy parts off of and to look at for even more info.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just got the book, but am impressed! March 4 2011
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the perfect sort of book for CreateSpace or the like. It's one person's hobby/interest which a regular publisher would have a hard time justifying turning into a book, but which is a great resource for other people. I just got it, and am very impressed with the book. Good close-up photos (do note that the images on the amazon listing make the pages look to be in color, they are in black & white, don't be disappointed!), websites to check out, and useful text explanations. The step by step instructions look easy to follow. Very nice!
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth it Sept. 10 2011
By Garns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly, the price of this book is appealing, however it lacks a lot of content. The book is poorly edited with images not corresponding to text and is basically a list of terms associated with parts of the watch. The author uses many photo's to illustrate parts of the watch and makes reference to many online sellers of spare parts and new movements.

However with a bit of time spent on the web and not much knowledge on watches i managed to find these links and descriptions of various parts. What I was hoping for was to actually be taken through a watch build and have some technecal knowledge that I would not be able to glean from the web easily.
This book was disappointing. I got through it in two hours not really knowing all too much that i could of gotten straight from the web.
The author was more focussed on rehashing existing watches with new hands and dails than actually illustrating the intricate details of watch making. It seems that this book was quickly put together by a student that had to hand in an assignment the next day.
The web has much better content!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book first. It'll start you off, in a non-arrogant, hands-on way. Sept. 12 2012
By J. Canada - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Loved this book.

I don't understand the negative reviews...kinda arrogant.

Also, I was turned off by the other "beginning books". They turned out to be not so beginning (and incredibly boring).

This book, on the other hand, will get you up and running.

Here's the gist of what it includes:

1) Explanations of how watches works. Kinda not helpful since so many other places (on youtube, and animates on the web) explain how watches work so much better. Books are hard to learn from on this matter. But I think this book does as good as any other on the basic mechanics.

2)Websites to browse and buy materials from. This is actually pretty important. To those in the field, all this may seem really obvious...But to beginners, such as myself, it was a godsend. I spent hours on the sites looking at things, planning, etc.

3) A step by step tear down and reconstruction of a typical watch. As a negative reviwer pointed out "all this book does is tell you how to replace movements", etc. But yea, so what??? That is precisely where I want to start as a beginner. I'm not looking to rebuild a movement as a first project. This book starts at the logical first point.

Because of this book I successful took apart an old Diesel quartz watch I had sitting around...and put it back together. It was fun.

Buy this book if you want a good place to start and ignore the arrogant old men saying this book is bad.

Also, the kindle version is damn good. Full color pics still....so it reads well, and you can get it instantly.

Good luck.
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