The Pocket Watch
Restoration, Maintenance and Repair
Author: Christopher Barrow
New and revised edition, 190 pages, illustrated
This practical guide is the outcome of many years' hands-on experience and is the sort of book the author would have liked to have been able to access at the time he started, some twenty years ago, to clean and repair 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, he takes the intelligent enthusiast through the cleaning and repair process, step by careful step, using photographs of excellent clarity, and in lucid language, characterized by his own friendly and helpful tone. He aims to equip the reader with a sound basic knowledge not just of the process but also all the tools and materials as well as their sources.
A member of the British Horological Society, Chris Barrow has been an Electronic design engineer for almost thirty years. For the past twenty years or so, he has been cleaning and repairing pocket watches, to the extent of running a successful, small web-based business. He is fascinated by the intricate and often beautiful mechanisms of the evolving pocket watch, from the 18th century verge to the precision lever movements of the early 20th century. He sees it as his mission to rescue these lovely things from the scrap heap and to restore them to working order for the enjoyment of others.