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Just before Christmas a WRT member recommended me the book ”Bench Practices for Watch Repairers” by Henry B. Fried. The book is widely praised and mainly covers advanced repair topics about hairsprings and jewelling but also some other stuff. So far, I’ve only read a small part of it, but it is very well written and illustrated.

Anyway, this got me interested in the book “The Watch Repairer’s Manual” by the same author. However, I couldn’t find much info about it, so I decided to take a chance and buy it on eBay for approx. $21 including shipping, and I’m glad I did. It is equally well written and illustrated and covers both fundamentals and some pretty advanced stuff. Characteristic of the author is that he is extremely precise in his language and explanations which I both enjoy and find very enlightening. For example, you can expect sentences like: “The escape wheel pinion is the last part in the train, but its wheel belongs to the escapement”.

For those of you interested in this book and want to know a bit more about it I have taken pictures of its cover, preface, and contents which follow next. I realise my post may constitute a copyright infringement, but I’m thinking that as I’m not copying any actual content, not doing it to make any profit and as I’m in fact promoting the book, my post may hopefully pass. If not, please feel free to delete it.

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I really like this book too, it covers a lot of ground and is very well written.

I visited the horological society of New York last year and they have Henry's old bench and some of his tools in their office! They also gave me this book while I was there.

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42 minutes ago, JBerry said:

I really like this book too, it covers a lot of ground and is very well written.

I visited the horological society of New York last year and they have Henry's old bench and some of his tools in their office! They also gave me this book while I was there.

    good show.    did you get a pic. of his bench?   vin

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Didn't get it as cheap as $21, but £24 including shipping from the UK.

Having read Mr.Fried ”Bench Practices for Watch Repairers”, I'm sure this one is worth it too. Thanks :thumbsu:

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That,s the best book I,ve ever read( best for watch enthusiasts).  It used to be available for loan in Waverley Public Library. Unfortunately, due to technological advancement, the book is now unavailable. Like smart watches take over mechanical ones - over times.

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On 2/18/2020 at 3:25 PM, watchweasol said:

All Henry B fried's books are worth a place on any ones shelf I have them on the computer as a reference along with a few others . 

May I ask how you got it on your computer? I prefer to have as many books as I can on my Kindle making all content searchable and you can easily insert bookmarks and underlinings, and so on. Plus, it's ultra portable and have a battery life of about a 2 to 4 weeks (!) depending on how much you use it. Anyway, as far as I can see it is only offered as paperback.

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