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A Beginner's Guide to the Mechanics of Wrist and Pocket Watches - Including the History of Their Development and Some Famous Watch Makers

A Beginner's Guide to the Mechanics of Wrist and Pocket Watches - Including the History of Their Development and Some Famous Watch Makers

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A Beginner's Guide to the Mechanics of Wrist and Pocket Watches - Including the History of Their Development and Some Famous Watch Makers

Di Anon

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26 pagine
20 minuti
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781446549810
Formato:
Libro

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This antiquarian volume contains a beginner's guide to watches, being an accessible and simplified description of the mechanics of wrist and pocket watches together with information on the history of their development. Written in clear, plain language and full of useful hints and clear explanations, this text is ideal for those with an interest in the workings of timepieces but who have little previous experience. The chapters of this book include: Mechanical Details of Watches — Divisions in the Watchmaking Trade — Watch Chain — Hair Spring — Ticks of a Watch — Watch Glasses — A Good Watchmaker — Swiss Watches — Watches Imported into England — Duties on Watches, etcetera. We are republishing this vintage book now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a new introduction on the history of clocks and watches.
Pubblicato:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781446549810
Formato:
Libro

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Mechanical Details of Watches — Divisions in the Watchmaking Trade — Watch Chain — Hair Spring — Ticks of a Watch — Watch Glasses — A Good Watchmaker — Swiss Watches — Watches Imported into England — Duties on Watches — Depression of Watch Trade — Frauds in Watches — Epitaphs on Watchmakers — Moore’s Lines with a Watch — Proverbs on Watches — Sheridan’s Strategem to get a Watch — Washington’s Secretary’s Watch — Anecdote of a Lord Mayor of London — Un Poisson d’Avril — How a Clergyman got a Watch from a Thief — Watch with Lettered Dial — How a Watchmaker got Trade — Watch Papers — Poetry of — Watch Stands.

WE here propose to give a short account of some of the curiosities of the mechanical details of watches. A good three-quarter plate watch as usually made requires no fewer than one hundred and thirty-eight distinct pieces in its frame, train, escapement, potence, fusees, arbors, clicks, ratchets, and other nicely-contrived and adjusted constituents. To these appliances must be added the chain, which contains sixty-three links and forty-two rivets to every inch, and being generally six inches in length comprises six hundred and thirty pieces; thus swelling the contents of a common detached lever-watch to seven hundred and sixty-eight separate pieces, to construct which gives occupation to no less than thirty-eight or forty different kinds of artificers. Babbage, in his ‘Economy of Manufactures,’ tells us that the division of labour cannot be successfully practised unless there exist a great demand for its produce; and it requires a large capital to be employed in those arts in which it is used. In watchmaking it has been carried, perhaps, to the greatest extent. It was stated in evidence before a Committee of the House of Commons, that there are a hundred and two distinct branches of this art, to

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