Want to know what the watch community and press think about The Wristwatch Handbook? A selection of reviews can be found below. Click on the logos for the full reviews.


ABlogToWatch - March 2018

"Ideal for both total beginner and veteran watch enthusiasts alike. Clearly, immense work has gone into not only its structure, but its every detail, explanation, and even the casual way these are delivered. The large and beautiful images – awfully hard to get from the brands in such quality and quantity – are also there to help illustrate the hundreds upon hundreds of fascinating technical details."


Worn & Wound - February 2018

"The Wristwatch Handbook is in equal parts a technical textbook, a beautiful art book, and a playful meditation on watch collecting. By combining these attributes, this book serves as an intelligent, plush, and often fun exposition on a topic that tends toward the tedious."


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Professional Watches - July 2017

"Ultimately, unlike overly technical books, or those designed just to look good on the coffee table, this book provides an incredible amount of technical and visual information, but in a way that is entertaining and easy to comprehend. So, if you want to learn more about the mechanics of wristwatches, fast, read this book – you won’t be disappointed."


Hodinkee - March 2017

"The Wristwatch Handbook is an ambitious undertaking: it aims to dive into the heart of any wristwatch, its movement. And it delivers superbly..."


Monochrome - December 2016

"As explained in the foreword by John Reardon, International Head of Watches with Christie’s, 'this book is the gateway to informed wristwatch collecting', a step-by-step comprehensive introduction to the world of mechanical watches. As Christmas is fast approaching, it will the perfect gift for watch enthusiasts."


The Wall Street Journal - November 2016

"His straight talking cuts through much of the jargon synonymous with the horology geek, so whether looking for an understandable, yet informed, overview of watch movements...or if you are desperately seeking insight into whether life can be lived without a Telemeter.., Mr. Schmidt’s “brand agnostic” tome could be the place to find your answer."


The Jewellery Editor - November 2016

"This is the bible for serious watch lovers and collectors who want to get their head around some of the more complex mechanical concepts without being totally overwhelmed."


Quill & Pad - October 2016

"Fans of the art of watchmaking are in luck: not only can they read a beautifully written and comprehensive overview of what goes into the making of a watch and what is available, but they’ll be able to read it in the words of a new watch addict, and one that has taken the word research to a new level."


The Manual - October 2016

"This is not an average book about watches. 'Comprehensive' is an understatement. In fact, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches, by Ryan Schmidt, makes the case that it is the definitive guide to analog timepieces."