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Learn Watch Repair at Home with the Home Study Course of the Wisconsin Institute of Horology Hardcover – Mar 12 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Second Hand Press (March 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578048450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578048451
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,052,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HASH(0x980f02dc) out of 5 stars A 1921 Reprint April 28 2011
By E. Morales - Published on
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Somewhat disappointed to discover that this is simply a photo-reproduction of the original home study course that was copyrighted in 1921. Although I'm sure much of the info is still relevant. The book is split up into 3 parts. Part 1 (page 37 to 96) covers basic skills like filing and elementary lathe work, Pivoting and jeweling. Part 2 (page 113 to 168)covers clock repair. Part 3 (page 193 to 430) covers watch repair.

The book uses no photos. The illustrations appear to be old-style wood engravings. Moreover there aren't many illustrations (~16 in a 444 page book). There is an interesting section called "LEGITIMATE SCALE OF CHARGES FOR WATCH REPAIRS" on page 434 that lists cleaning and repairing 21 Jewel watches for 3 to 5 dollars (I guess that was the going rate in 1921). So you get the picture - this book is merely a reproduction of the original 1921 text. This book is relevant as a historic example with some useful yet dated info and certainly only worth the asking price if that's what you're looking for.
HASH(0x980ce048) out of 5 stars A rescued gem from the glorious past of mechanical watches, how they work, and how to restore them for the interested hobbyist March 27 2015
By Stephen Kirby - Published on
The first reviewer misses the point. Indeed the book is a reprint, but what a reprint! Watch repairing is fast becoming a lost
art and for those who practice it as a hobby today, step-by-step instruction is most valuable. The text is beautifully written and
the ink-drawn figures are useful and clear. And this is not a xeroxed copy. Mike Barnett is famous for skillfully and meticulously scanning,
image processsing, editing, and binding of long-lost books that are difficult to find on the used-book market.

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