The author, Donald de Carle FBHI, was well known to everyone concerned with horology in many parts of the world. His best known books include Practical Watch Repairing and Practical Clock Repairing, which have gone through many editions and reprints in English and have been translated into several foreign languages. Watch & Clock Encyclopedia was first published in the 1950's, and is still the definitive practical reference book on clocks and watches. The book has an immense amount of knowledge compressed into an easily understood form. There are over 1,400 illustrations and over 3,000 alphabetical entries providing antiquarian as well as technical and professional information. Over one-third of the entries are illustrated, and nearly all of the line drawings are the work of the late Arthur Ayres FBHI. There are many special sections among the thousands of entries in this book. They include: Antique Clock and Case Terms; Balance Spring Sizes; Bracket Clock Styles; Chimes for Clocks - Musical Notation; Clock Case Woods; English Clock Case Styles; French Period Clock Styles; Gear Trains for Clocks and Watches; Longcase Clock Styles; Mainspring Gauge Sizes; Material Standardization for Watches; Metals used in Horology; Motion Train Works; Pressure Conversion Tables for Waterproof Watches; Shock Absorber Systems; Standard Time Zones; Swiss Official Bureaux Tests for Watches; Timers - Specialized Types; Watch Glass Styles; Watch Hand Styles; Watch Part Nomenclature in Six Languages; Workshop Hints and Help.
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