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The Origins of Self-Winding Watches 1773 - 1779

Second Edition

By Richard Watkins

2016, 404 pages, ill

A detailed examination of the technology and history of self-winding watches.

First published December 2013 as a hardcover limited edition of 100 copies, the second edition published in 2016 expands the book from 264 pages to 386 pages.

It primarily covers a period of seven years, during which the five basic designs were created, and examines the roles of Abram Louys Perrelet, Hubert Sarton, Abram Louis Breguet and others, who contributed to the development of these watches.

The appendices include details of case makers used by Philipe DuBois & Fils, some remarks about later developments, comparisons of different types, and an examination of stop-work including Breguet's designs.

The book is provided as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file:

Illustration: Watch made by DuBois & Fils, circa 1790. If genuine, the inscription inside the case shows that Abram Louis Perrelet designed the side-weight mechanism.