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Twenty-eight years after its first publication, the best-selling "Watchmaking" continues to inspire and encourage the art of watchmaking, especially among new generations of enthusiasts. As a supreme master of his art, George Daniels' advice is constantly sought by both students and watch repairers, his understanding of the problems that can beset the would-be watchmaker, especially in an age of mass production, and his expert knowledge of the history of watchmaking being second to none. Here, the making of the precision timekeeper is described step by step and illustrated at each stage with line drawings and brief explanatory captions. The text is easy to follow and care has been taken to avoid complicated technical descriptions. As Daniels is particularly interested in the development of the escapement - many are described in this book, several of his own design - the reader is encouraged to explore this aspect of watchmaking in even greater detail.This classic handbook still remains indispensable to generations of watchmakers and repairers, and also provides a fascinating insight to the enthusiast and watch-collector who, until its publication, had often been able only to admire the superb craftsmanship of a fine watch without understanding how it works.

Author Info

George Daniels, MBE, DSC (HONS), FSA, FCGI, FBHI, FAWI, is a practicing horologist with over fifty years' experience in both antique and modern watchmaking, and is a past master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Amongst his awards for contribution to the art and science of watchmaking - including the design of his own escapements - are the Tompion Gold Medal, The British Horological Institute Gold Medal, The City and Guilds of London Gold Medal, The Arts Sciences and Learning Award of the City of London, and the Victor Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers' Guild.


Over the last thirty years this book has been steadily improved. This latest edition is the best yet and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
– Colin Fergusson, Horological Journal


A conversation with the legendary master watchmaker
George Daniels discusses the inclusion of his revolutionary co-axial escapement in new Omega watches. Read now...

George Daniels discusses making his first watch

George Daniels discusses writing The Practical Watch Escapement

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9780856677045
Publication Date: 30 Jun 2015
Number of Pages: 462
Height: 260
Width: 190

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