Watches, 1850-1980

Watches, 1850-1980

by Cutmore
     
 

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Watches 18501980

By Maxwell Cutmore

This unique book traces the history of the machine-made watch from 1850 to 1980. As well as considering the mainstream developments in Europe, the USA and the Far East, author Maxwell Cutmore also examines in detail the firms that pioneered new methods of watch construction, including the manufacture of interchangeable parts.

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Watches 18501980

By Maxwell Cutmore

This unique book traces the history of the machine-made watch from 1850 to 1980. As well as considering the mainstream developments in Europe, the USA and the Far East, author Maxwell Cutmore also examines in detail the firms that pioneered new methods of watch construction, including the manufacture of interchangeable parts.

Readers will also find dozens of fascinating photographs, plus a variety of helpful references that enable them to pursue their own interests in watch history further.

Maxwell 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--the study of measuring time. His previous books, The Watch Collector's Handbook and The Pocket Watch Handbook, have become standard works on the subject, and all his books incorporate his own original research and investigations. Maxwell lives in the United Kingdom.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715314616
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
10/01/1902
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.60(d)

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