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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 Waltham Watch Company: The Perfected American Watch
O/P. 40 pages, illustrated, 1904. A sales promotion brochure produced specifically for the British market, with information about the Waltham factory (about 6 acres of floor space, 4 miles of work-benches and 3577 employees) and the wide range of pocket watches made with prices in pounds sterling. An interesting and very rare historical document. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4554 - BX8)

Price: 50.00

[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 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
Attree (W.): Ein neues Uhrenformat entsteht Die Evolution des Ulysse Nardin Kalibers 22/24

Attree (W.): Ein neues Uhrenformat entsteht Die Evolution des Ulysse Nardin Kalibers 22/24
NEW. 164 pages, illustrated, 2018. A comprehensive new book on the legendary deck watch, caliber 22/24, produced by Ulysse Nardin between 1897 and 1972. These watches, mostly in large pocket watch style cases, were sold to governments and navies around the world so the book will be of great interest to military watch enthusiasts. The book opens with an account of the evolution of the watch and this is followed by a detailed, well illustrated account of 30 specific examples. The appendices include a table of serial numbers with delivery dates, list of customers, and participation in the annual trials at Neuchatel Observatory. [German language] (Ref: N4493)
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Price: 80.00

Audemars (P.): The Story of Louis Audemars & Cie
O/P. 182 pages, illustrated, 2013. The full title is: The Story of Louis Audemars & Cie of Le Brassus, Switzerland, established in 1811 by Louis-Benjamin Audemars liquidated by his sons in 1885. Recorded in 1922 by his grandson, Louis Audemars-Valette. Translated from the French manuscript and with additional notes, illustrations and appendices. With separate list of watch and movement serial numbers. With presentation inscription signed by author. A very good copy, card covers (main book), paper covers, stapled (serial number list). (Ref: K4861 - G6)

Price: 50.00

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

Bailey (C.H.): Seth Thomas Watches 1885 - 1915
O/P. 95 pages, illustrated, 1981. A reproduction of information, prices and illustrations from trade catalogues and parts catalogues produced by the Seth Thomas Clock Company between 1885 and 1915. A good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2545 - F3)

Price: 15.00

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, very light foxing on a few pages, cloth worn at top of spine. (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 English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch - Its History, Development, Service and Repair

Barrow (C.): The English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch - Its History, Development, Service and Repair
NEW. 160 pages, 190 photographs, 2019. A brief history of the development of the English fusee lever watch followed by a step-by-step manual covering the dismantling, cleaning, repair and reassembly of a variety of English fusee lever movements made during the nineteenth century. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4894)
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Price: 18.99
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 Its 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
Barter (A.): The Watch - A Twentieth-Century Style History

Barter (A.): The Watch - A Twentieth-Century Style History
NEW. 336 pages, 400 colour illustrations, 2019. Decade by decade, this new book charts the era's stylistic and design highlights and examines the development of specific genres of watches. The early rise of the wristwatch led to a golden age of watch production which was followed by the electronic watch and latterly the renaissance of the mechanical watch again. The major technological and design advances are all included. (Ref: N4881)
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Price: 45.00
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

Boeckh (H.): Emailmalerei Auf Genfer Taschenuhren Vom 17. Bis Zum Beginnenden 19. Jahrhundert
O/P. 461 pages, 72 b&w plates, 1982. A detailed study of the enamel paintings found on Geneva pocket watches from the 17th to the beginning of the 19th century. The cases of 70 watches are described and discussed with black and white illustrations of many of them. The author's doctoral dissertation. A good copy, card covers now a little marked. [German language] (Ref: K4845 - CR1)

Price: 40.00

Breguet (E.): Breguet, Watchmakers Since 1775
O/P. 384 pages, illustrated, 1st English language edition, 1997. The book's subtitle - the life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747 - 1823) tells us what to expect. This is a good history of the business from its beginnings to its take over by Investcorp in 1987. A fine copy, in original deluxe box (in very good condition).

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(Ref: K2660 - V2)

Price: 220.00

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

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