"The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

I promised you an interesting story and below it comes.

I have scanned it form the outstanding best book, I have ever read in horology.

As a matter of fact, I had to buy a new one (!), since the first fell apart !

I recommend you all, who not have it, to get it as soon as possible.

It will give your whole interest an utmost kick  "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

I love it  "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

First the Book and then follows three pages about Christie's,

you will be astonished, disappointed but also laugh at the end  "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

Please enjoy!

 "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

 "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

I'm sorry for my underlining, but you have to take it as it is,

remember, it's my book   "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse" 

 "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

 "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"

Have a nice weekend  "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"



Re: "The Story About The Famous Auctionhouse"
04/26/2008 - 15:55


My favourite book! or at least one of them.

This is a "must-read" for all watch enthusiasts. Landes is a terrific author who writes in  a very engaging style and turns what could be a very dry scientific subject into something very interesting, alive and with a terrific sense of humour.

The first edition, (see below) came out just around the time of the "quartz" crisis and it looked like mechanical timekeeping was doomed. The revised edition came out after the recovery and has additional material. Lots of fine illustrations are included.

I recommend it highly.

Here's a scan of my first edition copy.  Thanks Doc, for bringing this book to everyone's attention. Its a wonderful read!



Wonderful Joseph!
04/26/2008 - 19:20

Yes, that's the one that fall in pieces !

I taped and taped, but finally the spine couldn't take it more,

but I luckily found out that you can buy it in this "new" edition, brand new!

It's so elegant written, the part when he really gets hooked,

for the first time seeing a repeater...

Love it, and I glad that you also do,

actually it's one of the best books I read,

all cathegories,

of course Rupert Gould's "Marine Chronometer"

is the ultimate , a man who dedicates his whole life just to save Harrison's timepieces,

to the world, and also writes just one book about marine chronometers, published 1923 first time,

and still there have never been need for another !



BTW this one!
04/26/2008 - 19:21


Re: BTW this one!
04/26/2008 - 20:48

Ah Doc, you already know we think alike!

My copy also a first edition doesn't have that beautiful dustjack.

He's a fine author with a great command of the language and its style.

For a quick read I would suggest his monograph called:

"John Harrison and his Timekeepers" Its only 22 pages but is wonderful reading.

It was published by the National Maritime museum, Greenwich in 1958 but is actually a lecture he gave on February 21, 1935 to The Society for Nautical Research Annual Meeting. It was first published in The Mariner's Mirror (their quarterly journal).

But the most amazing thing was that during the lecture by Gould, all 5 of Harrison's timekeepers including the duplicate number 4, made by Kendall and used by Captain James Cook were on display, ALL WORKING!!



We should a look through our libraries!
04/26/2008 - 21:36

Itry and get it!

Hope you have this, still I believe you can buy it new.

A worldwide best seller which I know they made an TV serie in 2 or 3 parts after, which I haven't seen more than 15 minutes of, well you know how it is, when you read something....

Anyway THIS is a must for you, a book about the man Rupert Gould,

a deeply touching and in the same way amazing book

Re: We should a look through our libraries!
04/27/2008 - 02:43

There is an illustrated version of the Longtitude book with excellent colour plates of Harrison's clocks etc.

The movie, 2 DVD's is also very entertaining, fairly accurate and with high production values. It goes back and forth between Harrison's struggles and Gould's struggles.

Other books people might be interested in:

The Quest for Longitude by Wm. Andrewes

John Harrison, The Man who found Longitude by Humphrey Quill

The Lost Science of John "Longitude" Harrison by Wm. Laycock (very technical)

Marking time (Collecting Watches and Thinking about Time) by Michael Korda

The last one is a very easy and very interesting read about watch collecting and the love of fine timepieces. Michael Korda is or was Editor in Chief of Simon & Shuster, the US publishing firm. Its a very interesting memoir.

He comes from a very distinguished family. One uncle, Sir Alexander Korda founded the British motion picture industry and was a producer and director. his father, Vincent was an Oscar winning Hollywood art director and his other uncle Zoltan was a famous Oscar - winning director.



Thank you Gentrelmen. The Korda book is a must read for
04/27/2008 - 10:12

people starting a collection, its full of interesting tips and anecdotes.

That's the illustrated version ofthe book,
04/27/2008 - 11:15

which I showed.  

Strangely European and American editions often, I would say always, differs on the cover or dustjackets,

doesn't matter what litterature!

It's the same as with the names of medicines, they differs from Country to Country,

even between Norway and Sweden, which were a Union until 100 years ago,

the names differs for the same drug, yes even to them made in Norway alternative Sweden!

Same with Canada vs USA, but that would be more understanable,

but do they differ inside USA ?

Yes, Korda is a classic author.

And I got "Third Man" with it's famous theme on a DVD,

and thanks for the tip, I didn't know it was on a DVD!

But to round up this little literary posting,

which have come down to marine chronometers...

I would take a giant step and just show the book of the books,

when it comes to the Bible of horology,

and referens for everything you wonder about.


This I recommende ALL who are intersted of horlogy,

what kind of watches, doesn't matter.

There you have it all,

And in French, German, English and Spanish, at the same time,

contains 4790 horological terms !

It's rather exspensive but you buy it new from :


When at the site, go to encyclopedia, then glossary and click on G.A. Berner. I don't know how many times I have used it, but it's many !



Thank you for these kind information Doc.
04/27/2008 - 13:22

I think they are very useful and helpful, even for people already collecting. You never finish learning...

BTW, what kind of book (s) would you advise for pocket watches: to know more about them (with pics to show models, mechanisms...), what is important in movements, the different steps in the History having allowed to reach high level quality, and so on...

Thanks for your help my friend.

Cheers, Patrice

Hi Patrice and thanks!
04/28/2008 - 00:56

Actually I haven't found any real good book about pocket watches.

Only found something here and there.

There are many but to many are about Amercian pw's...

which is not yours or mine interest.

I have some but will not recommend any.

I suggest Revolution in time, the book above,

it's the nicest I read, you'll love it



Thank you Doc for your help!
04/28/2008 - 15:23

I decided to order Revolution in Time: I found a version from 1995!

I am really waiting for it to read: I will tell you my feelings afterwards.

Cheers, Patrice

Thanks Doc! I am so greatful for your insights and information,
04/27/2008 - 19:25

you are really helpful and your view on life is so refreshing. Many thanks, Tim

Thanks Tim, my pleasure, please
04/28/2008 - 00:57

see my answer to Patrice above



reads like a suspense novel! (nt)
04/26/2008 - 15:59