• 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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  1. Lee Passarella

    Orphan South Bend 219

    Yes. Needs a nice home. I like.
  2. Lee Passarella

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Here is my latest: 18s 23j Seth Thomas, circa 1890, clearly the tops of my little Seth Thomas collection. Now I'm going to take a break while I'm still in the black.
  3. Lee Passarella

    Knowing if a case is original to the watch

    Thanks for this info, Rodney and Rick. Now I know what I'm looking for.
  4. Lee Passarella

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    I'll add mine: SN 2,4794,236, Grade 454 (according to your database).
  5. Lee Passarella

    Knowing if a case is original to the watch

    This is a dumb question, I know. But I always read that you can tell if the case is original to the watch if you see extra screw marks. I'm not sure what this means or what it looks like. Could somebody please explain or, preferably, explain and illustrate? Thanks.
  6. Lee Passarella

    Who collect's Watch Fob's

    That's really neat, Rob. I have one like it, a very elaborate little piece. It's a spinner with an intaglio image of a stork on one side, a bloodstone on the other, and a space for two photos inside, like yours. I'm supposing the photo is of someone's wife.
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    No need to do that, Ralph. Just go online and buy yourself a burner and chimney. You can buy them all over.
  8. Lee Passarella

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    Yeah, I just looked more closely, and it has marks at the top that seems to indicate it seated a kerosene burner at one point.
  9. Lee Passarella

    American Watch Advertising

    I can't really tell from the angle at which it's photographed, but the Omega item looks like a shade for a small lamp, possibly kerosene. The chimney would stick through the top of the shade. Or is that what you were implying, Ralph?
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    Good choice. Rick. Been carrying this Special Railway that I got recently. Keeps good time and looks pretty nice too.
  11. Lee Passarella

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    Mine too, Paul. Got this one awhile ago since this thread stimulated my interest. And since I mostly like Hampdens. Mine's 1882, I think.
  12. Lee Passarella

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    I believe you're right, Jim. That's what I'm seeing as I look at sets of these hands on the internet.
  13. Lee Passarella

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    I've tried him before. Thanks, Dave. I'll do so again.
  14. Lee Passarella

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