WATCHMAKING (1981, 2003, 2011) George Daniels For: Those who want to build their own tourbillon.
Watchmaking is one of the most important horological books published since the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s, with many independent watchmakers citing it as an inspiration and guide. Written by the late English watchmaker George Daniels, best known for inventing the Co-Axial escapement now used by Omega, it is a comprehensive, step-by-step manual on how to build – from scratch – a watch with a tourbillon regulator.
Daniels covers everything necessary, right down to the best type of workshop flooring and the height of the watchmaker’s bench. His instructions start with advice on technical plans for the movement, including formulas for the angle of the gear teeth. He offers practical advice not just for construction, but also sales. But one of the best lines is a reminder that even with the best equipment, skill is needed: “If (the student) cannot do the work well without machinery, he will not improve with its aid.”