These three by by M. Cutmore provide a good deal of information on the history of watches as well as about their care and use. These are a great place to start with the basics.
Here are some Others, covering basic repairs:
How much is your watch worth? This book is the place to look. This is a very widely used price guide that also contains quite a bit of general information on vintage watches, watch terminology, history and more. This book are great as general reference.
Practical Watch Repairing by Donald de Carle is a reprint of a classic instructional book on watchmaking. Some of it is dated, some but most techniques are basically the same today.
Also by de Carle is Pratical Watch Adjusting.
This is not a definitive list, just a few I have seen. There are also many old and out of print books on watchmaking. Regularly checking used book stores and eBay will turn up a more. Old books often contain hard to find information on specialized antique tools and certain repair techniques.
Here are a few online resources:
- Clocks And Watches
- Illustrated Professional Dictionary of Horology
- Mike's Clock Clinic's hints and repair tips
- The Watch Guy
- The Metatechnical Cabinet
- Elgintime, especially this vintage watch FAQ
If you have questions, or have a vintage watch you'd like to show off, try our Vintage Watches Community.
Finally, here's a few sources of watch material, specialty services, tools, books, supplies, and more:
- Wuischpard and Son, for case repair
- Crystal Fit, for crystals
- Twin City Suppley
- The Tick Talk Shop
- Otto Frei
- Dave's Watch Parts and Tools
- William S. McCaw Co
- International Dial, for dial refinishing
- Advanced Clock Repair Service, for enamel dial repairs, clock repair and more