• 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.

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    WHAT IS THIS TOOL??

    It's one of the amusing problems of watch repair items found in the watchmakers toolbox. To me I agree it does not look like a tool sort of? Actually looks like the part of something but watchmakers are resourceful they adapt things. Then they tend to accumulate tools from other industries. So...
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    Bestfit #111 Encyclopedia and 111A

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    Elgin Pocket Watch Clutch Problem...

    Keeping a discussion like this isn't an issue if people would do a search before asking a question. Providing it's titled a properly somebody might find help and realizing that the problem isn't where they're looking. I've seen that in other discussion groups were somebody answered their own...
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    Bestfit #111 Encyclopedia and 111A

    Unfortunately no pictures but have you ever seen the link below? It's the online version of the bestfit system and it does go beyond what the books did. MATSYS Online - BestFit 300 Material System
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    Minute and Hour Hands Won't Turn

    Perhaps we should slow down here and not jump to conclusions even though it probably is the canon pinion needed to be tightened. If the canon pinion is off and you push on the minute wheel can it turn effortlessly? Also of course the watch has to be in running mode when it's out of the case...
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    How much 941 is enough?

    Unfortunately this is not a simple question. Originally when it came out the recommendation was for higher frequency watches. Then in the tech sheets you would see that. But soon you'd see in either or and now it's just the 9415 typically. If your watches running beautifully then it's fine...
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    pocket watch run time

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    Minute and Hour Hands Won't Turn

    I found a link with the picture of the watch. It would be Nice to see a picture the dial side see if we can see a problem? Then I notice on the backside there's interesting screw with an arrow? Some watches have mechanisms to put them into setting when they're out of the case. How'd of curiosity...
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    trouble with waltham model 92 grade 845

    for those who haven't seen the watch before I have a link which has pictures. This is a rather interesting watch as pointed out above it's a full plate but it's not your normal full plate. Unfortunately ilike all full plates everything is hidden. This makes troubleshooting definitely more...
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    Omega Automatic 200m won't wind.

    would you like us to guess? Problem is we really need to see your watch or if we knew the exact model number may be it has a probably unique for that model number not that I'm aware of such a thing but model number be helpful. I don't suppose you went swimming with the watch and it's filled with...
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    Help Dial Cleaning

    The problem is the dials are printed painted with something. They're usually very very thin and they really do not take kindly to just about anything including being touched. As we don't know necessarily exactly what every single dial is made of etc. that means any fluids chemicals etc. may have...
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    Initial Slowness Mystery

    I don't suppose you have a timing machine? This way we can separate timing issues from mechanical issues. Than the magnetism issue? It probably depends upon a whole bunch of things like how big was the box how close was one watch to whatever the magnetic source was if there was a magnetic...
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    Tissot Sports Chronograph

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    Tissot Sports Chronograph

    It would be helpful to give us a little more to work on than a fuzzy picture. Like a movement number I can read ETA that helps. I'm attaching an image snipped out your image I'm guessing that's the movement number other than the letter F I guess Make up the rest of it which would be helpful if...

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