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Watches I have Known

I received this book yesterday from Amazon. It was recommended to be by a watch enthusiast. Looks great!

"As watches come and go from his workbench, Barry meets a host of vibrant characters whose incredible stories will inspire, sadden, and thrill you. With a firm belief that the owners sometimes need fixing just as much as, if not more than, the watch itself, this humble watchmaker acts as a healer to objects and people alike. From the watch of a man who rescued his grandparents from a devastated Italian village to the timepiece given to a man as a gift inside a concentration camp, these true tales are sure to move you as Barry reflects on the nature of human kindness, forgiveness, and time itself."

Watches I Have Known
by Barry J. Marcus and Julie Campisi


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