The American Pocket Watch - A Comprehensive Guide to Repair and Servicing
Author: Christopher Barrow
128 pages, illustrated
American machine-made pocket watches first appeared in the 1850s and were so well-made that by the 1890s they had come to dominate the international watch market. The secret of their success was the range of standard sizes and readily interchangeable parts, plus the facility to be easily customized to suit the pocket of every purchaser. The buyer who could only afford the nickel case could be as confident as the affluent buyer, (who chose the solid gold case) that his timepiece was accurate and reliable.
These very popular watches sold in their millions and have stood the test of time so that they are still readily available and capable of keeping good time. Many people will have inherited an American pocket watch that sits gathering dust in a drawer, but these may only need a really good clean and some minor repairs to get them working again.
Christopher Barrow has received several requests and queries about American models over the years from readers of his first two successful guides to the repair and maintenance of pocket watches. This new, concise and beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide to the intricacies of American models will allow the enthusiastic amateur to rescue an old watch and perhaps pass it on to the next generation in full working order.