As "The New York Times" wrote after his death, Henry B. Fried
was "widely acknowledged as the dean of American watchmakers." In
the revised, 1961 edition of his classic book "The Watch Repairer's
Manual, " reprinted here, Fried addresses topics important to
contemporary watch repairers, such as self-winding watches,
waterproofing, calendar watches, alarm wristwatches, and
chronographs. "The Watch Repairer's Manual" also includes a fine
visual dictionary of exploded views in isometric, which are very
helpful for ordering watch parts.
One of the few modern books available on the techniques of watch
repair and certainly the most esteemed, "The Watch Repairer's
Manual" is outstanding for its sequence of presentation and its
many useful illustrations, including enlarged details of alarm and
self-winding watches. The consummate craftsman and master of
details, Fried himself created the illustrations. From teaching
others, Fried has learned that if you have a good understanding of
how and why the mechanisms work, you will become better at fixing
any problems you face-often without needing to consult a book.
"The Watch Repairer's Manual" provides:
- Helpful background material, such as full descriptions of the
main divisions of the modern watch mechanisms, including the
purpose and function of each unit.
- Complete directions for cleaning and overhauling a watch
movement for casing.
- A section devoted to general repairs and troubleshooting.
For anyone interested in watch repair, this volume will serve as
a working manual, a reference manual, and even a course of study.
Assuming little previous knowledge on the part of the reader, Fried
provides complete and clear detail on each operation. "The Watch
Repairer's Manual" should be of great value to the student,
hobbyist, watch collector, and instrument maker. Henry B. Fried
wrote and illustrated 14 books, many pamphlets, and hundreds of
articles on horology, the science of timepieces. The first American
to receive the Silver Medal of the British Horological Institute,
he served as president of the New York City Horological Society and
the New York State Watchmakers Association and vice president of
the old Horological Institute of America. He taught and lectured on
horology and served as an industry consultant. He also was a
consultant for the "Random House Dictionary" and the
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