Henry Freid’s The Watch Repairer’s Manual has a place on most watchmakers short list of “must-haves”, and that includes being considered required reading for the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute’s (AWCI) CW21 (Certified Watchmaker for the 21st Century) and CMW21 (Certified Watchmaker for the 21st Century) examinations.
The book contains background material on the function of each component, directions for cleaning and overhaul, and information on general repairs and troubleshooting. Though required reading by the AWCI, Fried’s manual still assumes little prior knowledge, and is often cited as one of the best beginner guides to watch repair (though take this with a grain of salt). The Watch Repairer’s Manual clearly presents the techniques of watch repair, with a visual dictionary of exploded hand-drawn views in isometric – don’t expect the latest crisp CAD drawings. As opposed to this just operating as a step-by-step how-to manual, Fried provides readers with an understanding of how and why each mechanism works, with the result that they will be better at fixing any issues.
Friend wrote and illustrated 14 books, and was the first American to receive the Silver Medal of the British Horological Institute.
Originally published in 1949, this book still remains a top choice.
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