- Tapa blanda: 328 páginas
- Editor: Skyhorse Pub; Edición: 00003 (1 de septiembre de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1602393575
- ISBN-13: 978-1602393578
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Practical Watch Repairing (Inglés) Tapa blanda – sep 2008
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The absorbing and everlasting subject of watch repairing has been dealt with in books in many languages throughout the years. But when de Carle first set out to write Practical Watch Repairing in 1946, it was with the intention of creating a textbook "that a watchmaker can understand, even if he can't read." With over 550 instructional black-and-white illustrations and an approach that assumes no prior watch-repairing experience, this book achieves and surpasses that lofty mission, and has been touted as "the best illustrated book on practical horology" (Horological Journal) ever written. For the readers in his audience, de Carle has provided well-informed discourse on every topic a watchmaker, or aspiring watchmaker, needs to know. With Practical Watch Repairing, even a layman can become a watch-repair specialist.
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finding a better printing of this book would be rewarding, but i suppose what can you expect for a reprint? the content is dated, but useful and instructive for tooling and general principles - well written and understandable for the novice
that said, much better to buy a used one of these books - the price of a new reprint isn't worth it
The first few chapters go over basics like what your work area should look like, be lit, what tools to use, how to use then BAM!!! The book goes right into how to take a watch apart. I like to understand something really well before I make an attempt at doing it which is what I tried to do with this book. I finally got frustrated when I got to the part of the book that started to explain how to take apart the balance wheel and how the escapement works. I couldn't get past a certain page after reading it five times. That's when it occurred to me that it might help me understand what I'm reading if I actually try to take apart a watch. So I gave it a go...
Yes, that's how you can get the most out of this book. Sure, you can read all about "run to the banking" and the theory of how the escapement works but it won't sink in until you actually start taking a watch apart (it's akin to swimming, sure I can tell you how to swim freestyle but until you actually get into the water, you won't know how to kick properly and use your arms together). Yeah, I royally screwed-up the balance spring on the watch that I was taking apart but I learned a LOT in that hour with the help of the book than if I were to only read the book--or God forbid--I try to take a watch apart without any kind of guidance. So it's a "read the section a couple of times and then try to do it on a watch" type of approach that helped me.
This book has a TON of information so try to not get dismayed/bogged down by it's detail. An example of this is how you can adjust the run to the banking by either bending pins (if that's how the watch is is designed) or by cutting away at the movement case and bending the remaining metal acting as a "pin" to either lengthen or shorten the run. In reality, when you're taking apart your first watch you're probably not going to be focusing on diagnosing a problem and figuring out what you need to do to repair the watch right away. I just don't know if everyone is necessarily trying to fix their first watch as much as they are trying to learn how a watch works and how the parts all fit/work together. So you have to know what to take in deeply and what you can casually read and use as reference later. A newbie with lots of enthusiasm can use this book but it won't be easy to follow.
It's a great book with tons of information but I have to admit that I got another book that should be arriving today that has the term "beginner" in the title.
Unless you are a certified watch repairer, this book will likely take you from a beginner level (or like me, from an online watch repair school grad) to the next level. You already need to know about the mechanisms and concepts of a mechanical watch to get the maximum benefit from this book. You may read sections several times, each time getting more insight and information.
Every section of the book is really excellent. I reference the section on interpreting timegrapher results constantly... at least until it's all memorized and understood. I'm currently reading the chapter on the pallet fork and escape wheel for the third time and can see it's going to require another 2-3 times through it to fully appreciate all the subtleties.