History: Books Galore

November 4th, 2011 | 15 Comments

We’ve covered many different historical topics in time-keeping, including an array of different watches, clocks, advances and breakthroughs.

But we never go too into detail about any specific topic, so we thought we would recommend some good reads for you guys who are interested in learning more about some of the topics we’ve covered.

David Landes’ “A Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World” is a must read for you history buffs.  You can find it used on Amazon for under $5!

Another book we like is George Daniels’ (may he rest in peace) “Watchmaking,” the first and most comprehensive step-by-step guide on the subject of watchmaking. Find it on Amazon!

  1. 15 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By DD27 on Nov 6, 2011

    Let’s bring revolution home…

  3. By Vix on Nov 9, 2011

    Knowledge again! Thanks Orient. I’ll have to pick that one up for sure. :D

  4. By Tanis on Nov 12, 2011

    Beautiful. I don’t really wear watches but I would definitely wear one of these.. I’m rather picky. I like these watches

  5. By Katy B. on Nov 13, 2011

    My Comment:
    Hello, I would really like to Please receive a Free Watch very much. Thank You.
    -Katy B.
    MA 01301
    USA

  6. By Jeff on Nov 14, 2011

    I agree, most people today take for granted the fact that we have such accurate watches. Take some time to read about the history of time keeping and the craftsmanship that go into making mechanical watches by companies like Orient!

  7. By louis jacobs on Nov 20, 2011

    stumbled upon your site and browsing for a new watch

  8. By Klydra Pugh on Nov 23, 2011

    Thanks a million

  9. By Dave on Nov 24, 2011

    Commenting on the Book by David Landes

    I just yesterday finished reading Revolution in Time by David S. Landes. It falls flat as a technical manual for clocks and watches, but the early chapters give a suitable overview of people’s relation to time and timepieces which makes the book a jewel. The authors unit of analysis gets progressively narrower as his subject approaches the present. The details he does give in later chapters don’t give an analogous picture of people’s relation to time and timepieces and their manufacture in the early 80s when the book was published…

    The book mentions John Harrison, an early inventor of a clock accurate enough to be used aboard ship to computer longitude. Harrison was a man of humble beginnings and meager resources who taught himself horology and designed and build a number of innovative clocks. His earliest models were composed mostly of wood, which was unusual for the time but very were accurate . Perhaps I’ll see if his bio is in print in the U.K. I’d love to read a biography of John Harrison but it appears none is currently in print in the U.S. There’s a recent movie/book tie in but a more exhaustive biography of Harrison from 1920 is priced well out of my range. I mistakenly believed that Harrison Birtwistle’s musical composition, titled “Harrison’s Clocks.” referred to the composer but now I think rather refers to John Harrison.

  10. By Alvin on Nov 25, 2011

    Was looking for watch books and stumbled upon this. Looking forward to reading that Landes book. Just ordered it!

  11. By Vertel Scarborough on Nov 25, 2011

    I absolutely love the Crescent Moon watch! The classic and white and gold colors coupled with its modern, eloquent design give it an unmistakably luxurious look.

  12. By David Ybaben on Nov 26, 2011

    Prompted by this I purchased David Landes book. I have always considered watches in general to be a huge hobby of mine but now with this book it has become a passion. I am now looking into watch classes to perhaps pursue a career in watchmaking/watch repair. Thanks guys!

  13. By Arne on Nov 27, 2011

    Watches are more than just timepieces. They’re personal.

  14. By michael gilboy on Dec 4, 2011

    trying to get a orient world timer watch in australia please

  15. By adrienne on Dec 5, 2011

    I wish i lived in australia

  16. By Christian on Dec 5, 2011

    Very nice Orient watch

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