• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

Recent content by Ed O'Brien

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    Does this Atmos appear damaged?

    If it is a bellows, I suggest you get the replacement (or have the work done) by one of us with knowledge and experience, as well as the parts. I would be extremely careful of an Ebay bellows purchase, as you may get one that is either dead or somewhat undercharged.
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    I will try running the clock with the stopwatch functioning, as I can start the stopwatch out of the case. This should tell me of problems with the mainspring lube. Also, I have only partially wound this clock for my inspections. Ed O'Brien
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    Waltham A 13 A Aircraft clock

    Not sure if this site will be right for this item, but in clocks I got nothing. This is a 20-jewel balance movement used in aircraft clocks. I got one in from a customer, and I have owned one for some 60 years marked U. S. Air Force. Trying to find service literature, and specifically...
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    Waltham Aircraft Clocks

    Dimensions probable equate to about a 16-size pocket watch in diameter, but the movement depth is about 3/4-inch. Don't think consideration of the size is as essential as the specific Waltham service instructions made for the Air Force.
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    Waltham Aircraft Clocks

    Trying to find whatever information I can about repair and service to the Waltham aircraft clock. Specific problem on one I just got in is that the stopwatch function does not start.
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    Do I Really Need a Pivot Gauge, or a bushing tool?

    The pivot gauge is so convenient, as opposed to pulling out bushings to test them on the pivot. I use it every time I bush. Beats dropping bushings or accidentally dropping one into the wrong hole in the bushing box. I inherited quite an assortment of miscellaneous bushings that I keep in...
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    John, send again as I had problem with website, or send to "hourfather@gmail.com" Ed O'Brien
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    Atmos 528-8 needs servicing.

    Doesn't really matter how far you ship an Atmos for repair, so long as it is properly double-boxed and insulated. I recommend to my customers they use FedEx, as I have had good luck with them. I am in Orlando, FL, have overhauled more than 100 Atmos clocks, do the work as prescribed by...
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    Can't slow this clock down.

    Is the pendulum/movement combination correct? There is a number on the back of the movement that tells the proper length, and if this one is short that would be the problem.
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    There really isn't a one-size-fits-all clock movement assembly book. Too many variants including number of trains, control of striking and chiming (if applicable), country of manufacture. You need to be more specific, and photos might elicit some help. For example, an American 8-day is quite...
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    Thanks Joe. You are so helpful. Ed
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