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.