When Ryan Schmidt first started promoting his book The Wristwatch Handbook A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches on social media before it hit shelves last year, I noticed and it really piqued my interest. I wondered if it would be a true “Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches.” And now that I have read it cover-to-cover, I can undoubtedly say that it is.

I love watches and have always enjoyed breaking down basic movements and putting them back together, as well as completing a number of watchmaking workshops, but I don’t purport to be a watchmaker.

In a similar context, this book is written by an excellent writer, but not a watchmaker. He clearly worked with many watchmakers, though, in creating the 470 pages of images, illustrations, and encyclopedia style explanations of the complex inner workings of mechanical watches.

Ultimately, unlike overly technical books, or those designed just to look good on the coffee table, this book provides an incredible amount of technical and visual information, but in a way that is entertaining and easy to comprehend.

So, if you want to learn more about the mechanics of wristwatches, fast, read this book – you won’t be disappointed.

Learn more at www.thewristwatchhandbook.com.

Jason Pitsch
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