Gift Books for Watch Lovers
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A Man and His Watch:
Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them
by Matt Hranek
Years ago Rolex used to publish booklets containing amazing stories of adventures that owners of Rolex watches had experienced with their watches under the title "Every Rolex Tells a Story". This book widens the scope of this theme to include all brands of watches and the stories that connect a particular watch to its "celebrity" owner.
This book does not dive deeply into any particular watch. No, that's not what this book is about. This book is about people and the one watch in their collection that is most special to them, the one that speaks to them most, the one that has been a part of their lives during the most significant moments whether they were good or not.
It doesn't matter if their collection consists of one watch or many dozens or if that special watch cost a few bucks or many thousands. It's the one watch that could never be replaced and the one that most likely will never be sold.
The Wristwatch Handbook:
A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches
by Ryan Schmidt
The Wristwatch Handbook covers all mechanical movements and does so with more than 470 rich illustrations from over 90 of the World's leading brands.
This book is separated into two sections. The first section provides a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical movement allowing the reader to gain an understanding and appreciate what's happening beneath the dial of a watch.
Section two takes this understanding and applies it to the vast range of functions (complications) that exist in modern horology. Each chapter showcases a distinct category of complication.
The Wristwatch Handbook places equal emphasis on the classic and the cutting edge, on those produced in large volume or exclusive runs, by industry-leading technology or at the hand of a master. This book provides an unparalleled range of watches from over 90 brands.
The Watch Book
by Gisbert Brunner
The Watch Book contains a magnificently-illustrated and well-documented chronicle of the world's best timepieces. This is printed on matt art paper for 175 screen printing with first-class photographs.
It starts with a brief discussion (in English, German and French) of the meaning of time and its measurement by ticking sets of gears and hands, before delving into more than 18 premium manufacturers, including Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Rolex.
The Watch Book contains biographies of some of the most important watch manufacturers in top-end timekeeping, tracing their development from their early days right up to the latest innovations and current models. It explores what makes these brands outstanding, and the remarkable breakthroughs that established each of them as the best of the European watch industry.
The Watch - Thoroughly Revised
by Gene Stone and Stephen Pulvirent
'The Watch' was one of the most popular books on vintage and contemporary mechanical watches. In this new edition, The Watch Thoroughly Revised, the original author, Gene Stone is joined by Stephen Pulvirent of Hodinkee.com
This book appeals to both beginners and experts, and its international audience of watch lovers and watch collectors has grown exponentially.
The Revised Edition not only reflects the current state of the watch world, it also includes new brands, new models, and nuanced coverage of the traditional brand leaders, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, and TAG Heuer.
Vintage Rolex: The Largest Collection in the World
by David Silver
For more than a century, Rolex has stood apart as the most legendary brand of watch in the world. It comes as no surprise that Rolex is the most collected watch label in the world.
Published to celebrate The Vintage Watch Company's 25th anniversary in 2020, this book contains a unique pictorial collection of vintage Rolexes.
Featuring the early Rolex pocket watches to the world's first wristwatches, elegant in their simplicity yet revolutionary in their impact, to the very first Submariners, iconic Daytonas, and jewel-encrusted Crown collections.
This is a mesmerizing archive of vintage timepieces that chart the extraordinary rise of an extraordinary brand.
100+ No BS Watch Tips for Watch Enthusiasts & Salespeople
by Anthony L
The 100+ No BS Watch Tips book is an uncommon guide to watches, watchmaking, and watch industry.
This is not your average watch book. Watchmaking is complicated... but it doesn’t have to be boring! Whether you’re a watch enthusiast, watch salesperson, aspiring watchmaker, or just looking to get into the watch industry, this book is for you.
Principal at Korpela and Hofs Watch Competence Centre
No other book I have read about the watch industry describes it as well as this one does... very fun to read and powerful book!
America's No.1 Watch Magazine
The book offers a perspective that is almost impossible to find when most modern horological literature focuses on history and brand identity rather than substantial facts... Anthony balances his knowledge base with a humor and candor that is rare in the conservative Swiss watch industry.
Sea Time: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting and Diving
by Aaron Sigmond, Mark Bernardo, Blake Buettner, and Clive Cussler (Foreword)
SEA TIME: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting and Diving is the first watch connoisseur's guide to a century of stylish, and high-performing chronometers.
Written by Aaron Sigmond and Mark Bernardo, this interweaves history as it explores more than 100 contemporary and vintage nautical-inspired mechanical timepieces.
This hard cover book is informative and visually striking, and is a captivating guide for watch collectors and timepiece devotees. A great gift for water sports adventurers above and below the waves who have a timeless appreciation for these classic icons and dive watches.
Chasing Time: Vintage Wristwatches for the Discerning Collector
by Alistair Gibbons
The collection in this book is a step into the world of vintage watch collecting, with a range of photographs, intricate research, and accessible reference material that will intrigue both the casual and avid enthusiast.
The collection showcases some of the most interesting, luxurious, and functional 20th-century (1930–1980) mechanical timepieces ever to be produced, including Heuer's Autavia, Rolex's Submariner, Gallet's MultiChron, Zenith's De Luca, and the Universal Space Compax.
We all may have a digital device in our pocket that is more accurate than a mechanical watch, but a timepiece has soul, personality, and history.
Patek Philippe : Cult Object and Investment
by J. Michael Mehltretter
With more than 200 vivid color photos, in-depth descriptions, and in-depth valuation reports, this book is both a guide and a resource for watch enthusiasts and investors alike.
There is a level of investment potential in the process of selecting and purchasing rare Patek Philippe watches. These Swiss watches represent a real investment.
The classic Patek Philippe wristwatch can be an addition to any investment portfolio in an era of bank failures and immense losses.
This reference book provides all of the necessary information about vintage watches, including dials and hallmarks, to help make better informed investments.