Elect ri­fy­ing the Wrist watc h

By Lu­cien F. Trueb, Gun­ther Ramm and Peter Wen­zig (Schif­fer Pub­lish­ing)

Plaza Watch International - - Books -

Talk about an elec­tric shock: The watch world didn’t know what hit it when bat­tery-pow­ered dig­i­tal watches ar­rived from Asia and dev­as­tated the cen­turies-old tra­di­tional of mak­ing fine time­pieces pow­ered by the gen­tle bril­liance of clock­work. The quartz tsunami changed ev­ery­thing, seem­ingly in an in­stant, but it had in fact been a long time com­ing. The au­thors of this im­age-rich book fol­low how this hap­pened, from early land­marks such as when Alexander Bain filed a patent for an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated mag­netic pen­du­lum clock in 1841 through to 1985 by which time the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion in­va­sion was in full elec­tron­i­cally pow­ered swing. $100

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