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Books and Articles in Order of Author Names


The following links take you to pages where you can download the books or articles:

Anon: "Some Notes on P.F. Ingold" (1932, English translation, 11 pp, ill)

Biography and discussion of Ingold's machinery.

Berner and Audetat: "Pierre Frederic Ingold 1787-1878" (1962, English translation, 12 pp, no ill)

Biography of Ingold.

Bernoulli: "Map of Neuchatel and Valangin" (1783)

A large map of the main watchmaking regions in Switzerland. See also Osterwald.

Berthoud and Auch: "How to Make a Verge Watch" (1763 and 1827, English translations, 218 pp, ill)

Detailed descriptions of 18th century watchmaking methods.

Blakey: "The Art of Making Watch Springs" (1780, English translation, 55 pp, ill)

Detailed explanations of making mainsprings, repeater springs and balance springs.

Borsendorff: "History of a Watch" (1869, English translation, 40 pp)

"Followed by a Conversation on Watchmaking between Mr Trottevite and Mr Vabien". Two charming stories with opinions about 19th century watchmaking.

Borsendorff: "Histoire d'un Montre" (1869, original French, 63 pp)

Two charming stories with opinions about 19th century watchmaking.

Buffat: "History and Design of the Roskopf Watch" (1914, English translation, 51 pp, ill)

A detailed study of the Roskopf watch.

Buffat: "Historique et Technique de la Montre Roskopf" (1914, original French, 97 pp, ill)

A detailed study of the Roskopf watch.

Camus: "A Treatise on the Teeth of Wheels" (1837, English translation, 215 pp, ill)

A study of the correct forms for teeth and methods for the calculation of trains, including an appendix on English practices at the time.

Christin: "The Pforzheim Watch Factory" (1771, English translation, 8 pp)

A description of the watch factory set up by Christin and Viala.

Christin: "Nouvelle Manufacture D'horlogerie, dans la Ville de Pfortzheim" (1771, original French, 13 pp)

A description of the watch factory set up by Christin and Viala.

Crespe: "Essay on Repeater Watches", (1804, English translation, 100 pp, ill)

A detailed explanation of how to make and repair quarter repeater mechanisms.

Crespe: "Essai sur les Montres a Repetition", (1804, original French, 299 pp no ill)

A detailed explanation of how to make and repair quarter repeater mechanisms.

David: "American and Swiss Watchmaking in 1876", (1877, English translation, 86 pp, ill)

Two Swiss reports giving detailed information about American watch production.

Favre-Perret: "Report on the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876", (1877, English translation, 12 pp, no ill)

Description of the exhibits and comments on the relative qualities of Swiss and American watches.

Fitch: "Manufactures of the United States at the Tenth Census (1880), Watches and Clocks", (1883, transcript, 12 pp, no ill)

Details of machine manufacturing methods and interchangeability.

Francillon: "History of Longines", (1947, English translation, 75 pp, ill)

History of the Longines watch company.

Glasgow: "Watchmaking By Machinery", (circa 1900, transcript, 7 pp, ill)

A brief discussion of a few machines used in watchmaking.

Graupmann: "Finishing of the Watch Case", (1910, English translation, 11 pp, ill)

Essay on the repair of watch cases.

Graupmann: "Le Finissage de la Boite de Montre", (1910, original French, 19 pp, ill)

Essay on the repair of watch cases.

Grossmann: "The Construction of a Simple but Mechanically Perfect Watch", (1880, English translation, 50 pp, ill)

An analysis of watch design.

Hillmann: "The Keyeless Mechanism", (circa 1920, English translation, 26 pp, ill)

Description of and repair guide to keyless winding mechanisms.

Hognoul: "Tribute to Hubert Sarton", (1822, English translation, 16 pp, no ill)

Description of the inventions made by Hubert Sarton.

Hognoul: "Hommage de Hubert Sarton", (1822, original French, 32 pp, no ill)

Description of the inventions made by Hubert Sarton.

Houriet: "The American Watchmaking Factories and Their Tools", (1895, English translation, 25 pp, ill)

Detailed but brief study of tools and machines.

Japy: "Patents for Watchmaking Machines", (1799, English translation, 10 pp, ill)

Diagrams and descriptions of machinery designed by Japy.

Keith: "A Family Tale, or History of American Watch Making", (1883, transcript, 71 pp, 3 ill)

A history, primarily of Waltham, written in response to Aaron Dennison being erroneously described as the "father of American watchmaking".

Lalande: "Diary of a trip to England 1763", (1763, English translation, 168 pp, ill)

Extensively annotated version of the French diary.

Marsh: "Two histories of the Waltham Watch Company" (1890 and 1921, transcripts, 19 pp, no ill and 30 pp, no ill)

Written by one of the main mechanics at Waltham.

Mundschau, Roobaert and Watkins: "Documents Concerning Christin" (2014, 39 pp, ill)

Facsimiles and translations. Christin was an enigmatic person who designed a self-winding watch circa 1778.

Osterwald: "Description of the Mountains and Valleys of Neuchatel and Valangin" (1766, English translation, 33 pp, no ill)

Diary of a trip in Switzerland with some references to watchmaking.

Osterwald: "Description des montagnes et des vallees qui font partie de la principaute de Neuchatel et Valangin" (1766, original French, 133 pp, no ill)

Diary of a trip in Switzerland with some references to watchmaking.

Sarton: "Abridged Description of Several Pieces of Horology" (1789, English translation, 9 pp, no ill)

Description of 9 horological and 2 other inventions.

Sarton: "Description Abregee de Plusieurs Pieces d'Horlogerie" (1789, original French, 17 pp, no ill)

Description of 9 horological and 2 other inventions.

Saturday Magazine: "Manufacture of Watches in Switzerland" (1842, transcript, 6 pp, no ill)

Interesting because of its description of watch smuggling.

Vigniaux: "Practical Watchmaking", (1788 and 1802, English translation, 176 pp, ill)

Another detailed description of 18th century watchmaking methods.

Waterbury Watch Company: "Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves", (1889, facsimile)

A delightful example of watch advertising!

Watkins: "Animations of self-winding watch stop-work", (2016)

A number of animations to show how stop-work functions.

Watkins and Caballero: Antigua sonería continental de repetición a cuartos, (2015, 43 pp, ill)

Spanish translation of Part 1 of "The Repeater".

Watkins: "The Art of Being Drunk", (2017, 20 pp, ill)

A study of drunken fusees, fusees that can be wound both clockwise and anti-clockwise.

Watkins: "Berthoud, Harrison and Lalande, a near myth", (2005, 11 pp, ill)

An article analysing Lalande's "Diary of a trip to England 1763" in its horological context.

Watkins: "The BHI and American watchmaking, 1858-1862", (2011, 9 pp)

Subtitled "Three Unfortunate Mistakes", this article looks at the reaction of the British Horological Institute to American watchmaking.

Watkins: "Confabulations, a humorous look at complications", (2007, 10 pp, ill)

A serious article looking at the usefulness or uselessness of watch complications.

Watkins: "Jacques David and American and Swiss watchmaking in 1876", (2004, 9 pp, ill)

An article discussing the significance of Jacques David's reports (see David "American and Swiss Watchmaking in 1876").

Watkins: "Mainspring Gauges and the Dennison Combined Gauge", (2009, 50 pp, ill)

A study of watch mainspring gauges and their inaccuracies.

Watkins: "Mechanical Watches, an Annotated Bibliography of Publications since 1800", (Third Edition, 2011, 756 pp, no ill and 705 pp, no ill)

A comprehensive, two-volume bibliography annotated with contents information, reviews and multiple indexes.

Watkins: "Meditations on Breguet and Mathematics", (2016, 39 pp, ill)

An article prompted by the question "Did Breguet use his mathematical knowledge?".

Watkins: "The Origins of Self-Winding Watches, 1773-1779", (Second Edition, 2016, 404 pp, ill)

A comprehensive, historical and technical study of the origins of automatic watches.

Watkins: "Philipe DuBois & Fils, Customers, Suppliers and Bankers, 1757 - 1824" (2014, 7 pp, no ill)

A data base of people who dealt with Philipe DuBois. Available as a FileMaker Pro data base and as Excel files.

Watkins: "Practical Watch Collecting" (2012)

An introduction to watch collecting for beginners.

Watkins: "The Production of Japy in 1780, is this Now a Myth?" (2010, 1 page)

Short comment on the number of workers employed by Japy.

Watkins: "Pussy Pleasures" (Direct link to the pdf file, 2003, 31 pp, no ill)

A recipe book for cooking.

Watkins: "The Repeater", (Second Edition 2017, 100 pp, ill)

Detailed technical description of repeater mechanisms.

Watkins: Repeater Videos

Videos of continental quarter, minute and decimal repeater mechanisms striking.

Watkins and Caballero: Antigua sonería continental de repetición a cuartos, (2015, 43 pp, ill)

Spanish translation of Part 1 of "The Repeater".

Watkins: "Review of Sabrier 'The Self-Winding Watch', 2013" (Direct link to the pdf file, 5 pp)

Review of the book that resulted in me writing "The Origins of Self-Winding Watches, 1773-1779".

Watkins: "Searching for Tlusios, The earliest, important document on automatic watches?" (2013, 6 pp, 3 ill)

Short history of the search to find documents.

Watkins: "Watchmaking and the American System of Manufacturing" (2009, 72 pp, ill)

Detailed study of why successful watchmaking by machinery is based on using unskilled labour.

Watkins: "Where to Next?" (2015, 28 pp, ill)

Biography of a much-loved dog.

Watkins: "Why did the Lancashire Watch Company Fail?", (2018, 52 pp, 4 ill)

The history of the Lancashire Watch Company (England) analysing the reasons for its four different failures.