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Abbott (H.G.): The Watch Factories of America

Abbott (H.G.): The Watch Factories of America
NEW. 145 pages, 50 illustrations, 1981. A reprint of a book first published in 1888 which claimed to be "a complete history of watchmaking in America from 1809 to 1888 inclusive, with sketches of the lives of celebrated American watchmakers and organisers". Card covers, some copies with slight fading to covers. (Ref: N2111)

Price: 15.00

Antiquarian Horological Society: Collectors' Pieces - Clocks and Watches
O/P. 86 pages. Illustrated catalogue of the exhibition to commemorate the AHS's 10th anniversary in 1964. The book describes a collection of early precision watches. A good copy of the softbound edition with clean card covers. (Ref: K2 - E6)

Price: 15.00

[American Watch Co.]: Souvenir Catalog of the New Orleans Exposition 1884 - 85
O/P. 40 pages, illus., 1972. A reprint of the 36 page catalogue distributed by the American Watch Company at the World's Fair held in New Orleans between 1884 and 1885. Fourteen of the pages describe the operations in manufacturing at the Waltham factory (the company changed its name to The American Waltham Co. in 1885). Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1329 - BX14)

Price: 10.00

[Antiquorum]: Antiquorum in Love - Important Horology, Jewelry and Objects of Vertu
O/P. The subtitle of this auction was Antiquorum in Love, the objects for sale celebrating love's symbolisms throughout history. A thematic sale including erotic watches with automata. 195 lots all illustrated in colour, including carriage clocks, pocket watches, a few wristwatches and jewellery. The items included a fine snuff box with watch and secret compartment revealing an erotic scene made by James Cox, London. A very good copy of the hardback catalogue. [Sale @ Geneva 16/11/1997] (Ref: A267)

Price: 38.00

[Antiquorum]: Professor Thomas Engel Collection - Part 1 [Geneva 11/11/2001]

[Antiquorum]: Professor Thomas Engel Collection - Part 1
O/P. 133 lots, most illustrated in colour. Professor Thomas Engel's collection was mainly pocket watches but this auction also included a few wristwatches, books, horological tools, marine chronometers and several Breguet manuscripts. Pocket and wristwatches by Breguet was one of the collections strengths and perhaps the star of the collection was a one-minute flying tourbillon pocket chronometer made in 1927 by Alfred Helwig. A good copy of the hardback catalogue. [Sale @ Geneva 11/11/2001] (Ref: A272)

Price: 30.00
[Antiquorum]: The Art of Breguet [Geneva 14/04/1991] Leather Bound

[Antiquorum]: The Art of Breguet
O/P. 479 pages, illus., Geneva, 1991. The Antiquorum auction catalogue for 14 April 1991 with good descriptions and illustrations of 204 clocks, watches and marine chronometers, with interesting biographies of many of the original purchasers. A very useful reference book for Breguet enthusiasts. A fine copy, the pages clean and bright, top edge gilt, now beautifully bound in full green leather, the spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and gilt tooling. A splendid book for a serious Breguet enthusiast. [Sale @ Geneva 14/04/1991]

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(Ref: K4323 - S1)
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Price: 175.00
[Antiquorum]: The Art of Patek Philippe - Legendary Watches (including Calibre 89) [Geneva 09/04/1989]

[Antiquorum]: The Art of Patek Philippe - Legendary Watches (including Calibre 89)
O/P. 2 volumes. 301 lots of pocket watches and wristwatches all illustrated in colour. The sale included several watches commissioned, and originally owned, by the famous collector Henry Graves Jnr. Lot 301 was 'Calibre 89' a complicated astronomical clock-watch with 33 complications made by Patek Philippe to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. Lot 301 - 'Calibre 89' - has its own 57 page catalogue explaining all the functions of this unique watch, the most complicated ever made. A fine set of the two hardback catalogues, each with very good dust jacket. [Sale @ Geneva 09/04/1989] (Ref: A173)

Price: 85.00
Aubert (D.): Montres et Horlogers Exceptionnels De La Valle De Joux Volume 1

Aubert (D.): Montres et Horlogers Exceptionnels De La Valle De Joux Volume I
NEW. 203 pages, illustrated, 1993. The first volume of a detailed history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux area of Switzerland from its origins to the present time. The industry's innovations and achievements are described in detail. This volume includes chapters about Aubert Frères, Emile Lecoultre, François Lecoultre, Charles-Ami Lecoultre-Piguet, astronomical watch Dent No. 32573 and equation watch Breguet No. 4377. [French language]

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(Ref: N1296)

Price: 105.00
Aubert (D.): Horlogers et Montres Exceptionnels De La Valle De Joux Volume II

Aubert (D.): Horlogers et Montres Exceptionnels De La Valle De Joux Volume II
NEW. 215 pages, illustrated, 1997. The second volume of a detailed history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux area of Switzerland from its origins to the present time. The industry's innovations and achievements are described in detail. This second volume includes chapters on musical watches, John-César Piguet, Charles Piguet, Paul Piguet-Capt, Alfred Aubert and Louis-Benjamin Audemars. [French language]

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(Ref: N1297)

Price: 105.00
Aubert (D.): La Valle des Montres et des Horlogers exceptionnels  Volume III

Aubert (D.): La Valle des Montres et des Horlogers exceptionnels Volume III
NEW. 231 pages, illustrated, 2006. The third volume of a detailed history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux area of Switzerland from its origins to the present time. The industry's innovations and achievements are described in detail. This volume includes chapters on Samuel-Oliver Meylan, Louis Piguet, Nicole et Capt and their successors of London and the Joux Valley and Edmond Audemars. [French language] (Ref: N1298)

Price: 80.00
Bacon (D.H.): Watchmaking in Llangollen by Robert Hughes - A Genuine Late-Nineteenth Century Welsh Watch Manufacturer

Bacon (D.H.): Watchmaking in Llangollen by Robert Hughes - a Genuine late-Nineteenth Century Welsh Watch Manufacturer
NEW. 111 pages, illustrated, 2000. A detailed study of the business of Robert Hughes, based on original documents and record books, which manufactured and retailed watches in the second half of the 19th century. The book shows the difficulty faced by British manufacturers caused by large scale importation of low cost watches. With dust jacket. (Ref: N394)
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Price: 25.00
Baillie (G.H.):  Watches: Their History, Decoration and Mechanism

Baillie (G.H.): Watches: Their History, Decoration and Mechanism
O/P. 383 pages, 75 plates, 1st edition, 1929. This is still a respected reference book on the subject and well worth reading, part of the Connoisseurs Library series, the red cloth binding with gilt lettering and tooling to the spine and blind tooling to the front cover. The book covers the history of 4 centuries of watch development with 189 b&w and 35 colour photographs, together with 82 line drawings of mechanisms. Essential reading. A good copy, top edge gilt, light foxing throughout, a few pencil annotations, light wear to cloth on corners. (Ref: K17 - H5)
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Price: 90.00
Barrow (C.) The American Pocket Watch - A Comprehensive Guide to Repair and Servicing

Barrow (C.): The American Pocket Watch - A Comprehensive Guide to Repair and Servicing
NEW. 128 pages, 56 figures, 2014. The third in a series of books by Christopher Barrow, this volume is written for the amateur enthusiast who wishes to service and repair American pocket watches. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3525)
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Price: 15.99
Barrow (C.): The Pocket Watch: Restoration, Maintenance and Repair

Barrow (C.): The Pocket Watch: Restoration, Maintenance and Repair
NEW. 190 pages, 92 figures, 2nd edition, 2011. A practical guide to cleaning and repairing pocket watches, using as examples six of the most typical types of watch from a period spanning the late 18th century to the early 20th century. The author takes the intelligent enthusiast through the cleaning and repair process, and aims to equip the reader with a sound basic knowledge of the process and all the tools and materials required. With dust jacket. (Ref: N1906)
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Price: 18.99
Barrow (C.): The Verge Pocket Watch Its History, Development and Maintenance

Barrow (C.): The Verge Pocket Watch It's History, Development and Maintenance
NEW. 171 pages, 99 illustrations, 2011. A concise guide for the enthusiastic amateur on the history of the verge watch and the cleaning and repair of a variety of English and Continental verge movements. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2543)
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Price: 17.99
Bodet (F.): Breguet, The Story of a Passion 1973 - 1987

Bodet (F.): Breguet, The Story of a Passion 1973 - 1987
NEW. 128 pages, illustrated, 2015. By 1970 watchmaking had almost ceased at Breguet in Paris, and the famous business was purchased by the House of Chaumet. The author of this book managed Breguet from 1973 to 1987 and revitalised this famous brand, designing and making watches in a new factory in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. This is his story. (Ref: N3812)
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Price: 45.00
Breguet (E.) & Chapman (M.): Breguet - Art and Innovation in Watchmaking

Breguet (E.) & Chapman (M.): Breguet - Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
NEW. 176 pages, 150 colour illustrations, 2015. A new book about Abraham-Louis Breguet who invented the self-winding watch, the first shock protection device, the first travel clock and the first wristwatch. A fascinating volume featuring over 70 watches and clocks by this famous maker. (Ref: N3844)
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Price: 24.99
Cardinal (C.): Splendeurs de l'mail: Montres et horloges du XVIe au XXe sicle

Cardinal (C.): Splendeurs de l'mail: Montres et horloges du XVIe au XXe sicle
O/P. 83 pages, 86 colour illustrations, 1999. A good catalogue explaining the various enamel techniques and illustrating the art of the enameller on the dials and cases of watches and clocks over the last 4 centuries. Good copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K3140 - S3)

Price: 9.00

Cardinal (C.): The Watch from its Origins to the XIXth Century
O/P. 237 pages, 106 colour and 74 b&w illustrations, first English language edition, 1989. A good book charting the development of pocket watches and especially the evolution of their case decoration. A very good copy with good dust jacket (light wear to top of spine). (Ref: K63 - H3)

Price: 30.00

Cardinal (C.) et al: L'Homme et le Temps en Suisse 1291 - 1991

Cardinal (C.) et al: L'Homme et le Temps en Suisse 1291 - 1991
O/P. 400 pages, well illustrated, 1991. A detailed study of time, timekeeping, and the manufacture of timepieces in Switzerland. The book is divided into 3 sections: Man and Time in Switzerland; The Measurement of Time in Switzerland; Aspects of the Swiss Horological Industry. A fine copy. [French language] (Ref: K2704 - E1)
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Price: 95.00

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