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Is there an updated version of Juri Levensberg's book, RUSSIAN WRISTWATCHES available or in the works? With all the new stuff out there and all the Frankens, an update would be appreciated.
 

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With all the online micro-publishing options out there, maybe one of the forum's mega-collectors would put out a new and better book with all the high quality photos they already have online... (cough cough Mark Gordon cough ahem...) :think: ;-) b-) |>
 

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With all the online micro-publishing options out there, maybe one of the forum's mega-collectors would put out a new and better book with all the high quality photos they already have online... (cough cough Mark Gordon cough ahem...) :think: ;-) b-) |>
That's a wonderful idea! Perhaps a book could be individually or even co-authored and edited by the foremost authorities including contributions by the Raketa and Vostok specialists. The history (which could likely fill volumes) particularly of Poljot, what happened around 2004, and how that has shaped today's Russian watch landscape would be a very beneficial chapter to many as well. But to be authored by those who are primarily collectors and historians. I would certainly purchase a hard-copy |>.
 

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I'd buy that too.

BUT - one important caveat. There is a lot of wisdom around, but also a small proportion of misconceptions which are given and accepted as fact. So, for a definitive book, it's very important for the source of the facts to be cited, so that their veracity can be properly evaluated.
 
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With all the online micro-publishing options out there, maybe one of the forum's mega-collectors would put out a new and better book with all the high quality photos they already have online... (cough cough Mark Gordon cough ahem...) :think: ;-) b-) |>
I know Mark Gordon is writing a book, it surely will be wonderfull :-!
(I've written mine, and wouldn't repeat.... too much laborious :-x)
 

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If Mr. Gordon publishes a book I will pay extra for a signed copy! I'm guessing that some of his posts are drafts for parts of an eventual book.

That said, a definitive online resource would be more useful for collectors and the curious alike. For example, being able to view a photo of a watch and click a link to see the movement type, click another link to a section on the factory it was made in, and so on. Another problem with a physical book is the feasibility of printing potentially thousands of high-resolution color images, which we have become accustomed to when looking at watches.

There do seem to be efforts underway to build online resources and databases but the problem is time, cost and motivation. You can be financially compensated for time spent writing a good book. And a hardbound copy of it on your coffee table is a trophy and conversation piece. But it is hard to imagine any single person being selfless enough do an online version for free.

What would it take I wonder, to set up a Russian Watch Wiki that can be edited and added to by anyone?
 
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