WATCH­MAK­ING (1981, 2003, 2011) Ge­orge Daniels For: Those who want to build their own tour­bil­lon.

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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.”

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