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Hi Guys. I have suddenly become very interested in watches, the history, the movements, the ideals behind the brands that have shaped so many generations and become iconic representations on their own accord.

I know that watchmakers train for years upon years to properly understand their craft but for someone like myself interested in vintage watches is there anything you'd recommend (blogs, books, video casts etc?). Its a rather large fascination of mine and have spent hours after hours recently visiting multiple watch dealers trying to understand their craft.

Your help, guidance and suggestions will be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Nick (ps, I live in South Africa, so if anyone knows some vintage clubs or the like, that would also be much appreciated).
 

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First of all: Welcome to Watchuseek and welcome to the Public Forum as well.

Secondly: There are thousands of books you might find interesting, do a search on Amazon and narrow it done to those you are really interested in.

Flick through the Watchuseek links: http://www.watchuseek.com/site/linkspage.htm

Regarding your interest in vintage watches pls. note that we also run a "Vintage and Pocket Watches Forum" here on WUS which offers you a wide range of information.
 

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Regarding your interest in vintage watches pls. note that we also run a "Vintage and Pocket Watches Forum" here on WUS which offers you a wide range of information.
Thanks Mike, will definitely check that out. My interest is in about 1940s watches, the omegas and Zeniths of that year, dont know if the watch community considers those 'vintage'?
 

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Thanks Mike, will definitely check that out. My interest is in about 1940s watches, the omegas and Zeniths of that year, dont know if the watch community considers those 'vintage'?
Of course we do. Vintage for sure. Both brands have their own forum here on WUS. Enjoy flicking through. To get an overview on all fora and sub-fora: https://www.watchuseek.com/forum.php
 

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Hi Nick. You should have a look around the forum immediately below this one - it deals with books among other things:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f423/

There is a thread about which books are in some of our libraries:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f423/watch-books-collection-372675.html

You'll see a few that are recommended. As Mike mentioned, check out the Vintage & Pocket Watch Forum:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/

It's a slightly more mature crowd and some interesting discussions on movements pop up once in a while. You'll find good references there too - at the top of the forum are links & articles in a sub-forum.

There's also a Watchmaking Forum here:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f6/

and just above it is the Watch Concepts & Designs Forum:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f77/

Plenty of stuff to keep you busy for a while.
 

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Hi Nick. You should have a look around the forum immediately below this one - it deals with books among other things:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f423/

There is a thread about which books are in some of our libraries:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f423/watch-books-collection-372675.html

You'll see a few that are recommended. As Mike mentioned, check out the Vintage & Pocket Watch Forum:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/

It's a slightly more mature crowd and some interesting discussions on movements pop up once in a while. You'll find good references there too - at the top of the forum are links & articles in a sub-forum.

There's also a Watchmaking Forum here:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f6/

and just above it is the Watch Concepts & Designs Forum:

https://www.watchuseek.com/f77/

Plenty of stuff to keep you busy for a while.
Brilliant fantastic suggestions there. Thanks
 
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