Whether you are a newbie when it comes to watches or you are already an established collector, reading about the watch world is always an amazing way to relax while enlarging your knowledge.
The internet might be filled with watch accessories as well as useful and easy to find information, but the great feel a book gives the reader is non-comparable. Sure, you don’t always have time to sit on your favorite armchair and read a good book, but once in a while, you deserve to pamper yourself with such precious moments.
To make sure that, when the time comes, you have the right book on your coffee table, continue reading this article, and find out our book recommendations for watch lovers.
Wristwatches: The Models that Made an Age by Paolo De Vecchi and Alberto Uglietti
Though for many of you, it might be difficult to imagine a world where wristwatches didn’t exist, the truth is that your passion is actually a modern invention.
The 20th century presents it as a fashion item, but the wristwatch you so much love today was invented during WWI, as a necessity. If you want to know all the details about the birth and evolution of the watch, Wristwatches: The Models that Made an Age is the book you need.
Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
The amazing Rolex watches have many fans around the world, Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History is a perfect gift for them. It explores and describes the amazing vintage and the stunning modern Rolex, offering great images of watch models, ads, as well as an impressive biography of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of this famous brand.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Written by the well-known former New York Times science writer, this fascinating book is about John Harrison, the 18th-century British watchmaker and should be on every watch lover’s nightstand. Longitude is extremely well written, and the story of Harrison, the carpenter-turned-watchmaker who won the greatest scientific prize of all time after solving the longitude problem in a time when measuring longitude seemed impossible for all scientists is fantastic.
Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World by David S. Landes
If you want to know the story of timepieces from the astronomical clock made in China in 1086 to the quartz watch revolution in the 1970s, you better get David S. Landes’ Revolution in Time. Amazingly written, and mixing interesting bits of social and economic history with the story of science and technology, this is one of those books no watch enthusiast can put down before finishing it.
A Man & His Watch: 76 of the World's Most Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them by Matthew Hranek
A Man & His Watch is a book that will be immensely enjoyed by a watch lover but also by people who have other passions and hobbies. The collection of watch memories, carefully written by the talented Matt Hranek, is great proof that a timepiece is more than just function and fashion. The book emphasizes the idea that most of the time, the sentimental value of a watch is more important than its monetary value.
These are the five books we recommend for all timepiece lovers and collectors. No matter which one you choose, it would make a fantastic gift for yourself or your watch enthusiast friend.