J. Michael Mehltretter
Available on Nov 28, 2023
This book offers a wealth of knowledge from insiders in the Swiss watch scene for those who want to become one.
This work is a representative cross section of the Swiss watchmaking
J. Michael Mehltretter, watch expert and mechanical engineer,
describes the histories and technologies of seven Swiss watch brands.
Without relying solely on the watch manufacturers, he has collected
• a guide for the acquisition of
fine watches, with examples that illustrate the cost of their servicing and
• describes how their values have developed
photographs will delight collectors of valuable wristwatches, but at the
same time, the author shows the watches in the context of a lifestyle
that includes fast cars and gourmet restaurants. The narrative quality
of the book comes from the numerous stories about noble timepieces that
are cleverly woven into the dense factual information:
• Which watch did
Frank Sinatra present as a gift to the FBI agent who freed his son from
the hands of kidnappers?
• Which fine watch of Swiss origin was found
on the left wrist of Chuck Barris, the American television host and
producer who shaped the originals of many game shows that are still
Technology, history and stories, good taste, and the
“joy of enjoyment”; this book conveys all facets of the hobby of
collecting Swiss wristwatches.
Size: 9.0in x 12.0in | Pages: 448
| 745 color images
Hardback - $75.00 USD