Omega Watch Books

There are many Omega watch books and resources available for all levels of interest. I tried to classify these into a numbers of categories listed below.

Watch repair books

These are books that are full of information and would likely interest those who want a deeper understanding of the mechanics ticking inside their watches. They are also fantastic reference material for the beginning watchmaker. I included a couple I have found useful over the years.

The number one book on my list would be "Watchmaking" by George Daniels. This is a true classic, written by one of the greatest horological masters of our time. Unfortunately, the book is no longer in print. There has been a rumor of a new edition to be printed soon, but I have been hearing this for the past 2 years. Good news! - It's back






"Practical Watch Repairing" by Donald de Carle is another excellent resource. It is full of illustrations and easy to follow, offering both theory and practical advice. Used copies are readily available.



The watch repairer's manual by Henry B. Fried is another book I would recommend. It is a bit more difficult to find than the book above, but offers some good techniques and complements the de Carle book.








Coffee table books



As with many other watch manufacturers, there are books solely dedicated to Omega. Among these one of my favorites is Anton Kreuzer's "Omega Designs". This book has a very nice selection of both modern and vintage Omega watches. There are also reproductions of old Omega catalogs and an overview of Omega movements. Definitely a great book for the beginning enthusiast. There is also a "value" section with watche prices - this is obviously useless.



These are books that would likely interest all watch aficionados, with high quality images of pretty watches. They typically provide little insight. Here are some that I keep, mostly because they have a picture of a watch I own or plan to own ;-) One book I like is "Wristwatches" by Brunner and Pfeiffer-Belli. The book is in English, German and French and devotes a small chapter to individual brands with brief historical background and a good selection of pictures.

Reference books



There are a number of Omega watch reference books that were published by Omega. I will mention 2 of these. First is the "Omega Saga". The book is organized in chapters and follows the timeline of the Omega watch company. It is written as a collection of short anecdotes and stories, with a lot of useful information. It is 288 pages with approximately 1000 illustrations. The important note is that it is only published in French, so if you rather have an English reference the next book is for you.

The second Omega reference book I recommend is "Omega - A Journey Through Time". If I had to pick only one book, this would be it. With more than 800 pages and over 6600 illustrations, it is the most comprehensive source out there. Be careful not to drop this book on your foot.



Catalogs



First, there are the catalogs Omega publishes. These are a great resource if you are interested in the modern designs. You can probably ask for one of these to be sent to you, either on the Omega website or by visiting an authorized dealer. Vintage catalogs are even cooler, but the early ones are difficult to find and are highly collectable. Other resources are auction catalogs, which you can purchase from the auction houses or find on the web. One of the more useful catalogs is from the Antiquorum Omegamania auction in April 2007. This is full of high quality pieces in superb shape. As many are aware, there are some glaring mistakes in this catalog, but still worth having, if you can find one.





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