• 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. Wayne A

    Vibration stops clocks!

    Just had my Roof replaced and noticed three of my 400 day clocks were stopped at the end of the day. Guys carrying bundles of shingles would drop them on the roof with loud thumps and lots of hammering all day. Even so was surprised the vibration was enough to stop so many clocks, perhaps its a...
  2. Wayne A

    Kienzle Automatic

    Picked up a little rough looking Kienzle Automatic for very little. Has a small amount of battery leakage and overall needing some cleaning. It will run if I manually activate the solenoid that winds the mainspring, so that's a good sign. Ran into a little problem getting the movement out of...
  3. Wayne A

    Kern & Sohne 1340E

    Going though this chrome miniature and found a few interesting things. Never seen a clip to retain the bottom suspension block in the pendulum like this, works to hold the block in if you raise the pendulum lock from below. Kind of clever little thing. Bit of extreme adjustment to the anchor...
  4. Wayne A

    Hettich torsion

    Ran across a thread some time ago about these Hettich weight driven torsion clocks and have had my eye out for one ever since. Well I saw this one and was really interested in the design so I had to have it. Even has a second hand that beats seconds like a quartz. Weight powers the movement and...
  5. Wayne A

    Chrome Kundo 1379 surprise

    Picked up this chrome kundo 1379 that does not have an exact match in the guide, looks early. The surprise came when I saw that its equipped with a pin pallet escapement. Read in the guide that they made them like this in 1952 but quickly changed to graham dead beat. Guide says you can update...
  6. Wayne A

    Green Kundo 1379*

    Here's another variation of the Kundo 1379 that does not have an exact match in the guide. Interesting find in the spring barrel on this one. Had to let down the mainspring but when I popped the cover on the spring barrel its hard to see how it ever was wound up at all having the end tab closed...
  7. Wayne A

    Kundo pendulum tuning

    While I like my Kundo clocks there not been at the top of my list of good time keepers. Few weeks ago I took a close look at one of my Kundo's and thought the wobbly adjustment plate of this style pendulum and the angle the weight arms contact the adjustment plate did little to keep the slack...
  8. Wayne A

    Koma W4

    Going through this Koma miniature with a plate that's not in the guide. Plate is the size of a 1395c but the holes do not match. Has a big W4 stamped on the back, says "made in W Germany" and overall seems to be not very old because under the base is plastic. Had to reinforce all the adjuster...
  9. Wayne A

    M Reiner mix n match?

    I like Reiner clocks and found this P1456 with an odd looking pendulum. When I disassembled the pendulum I noticed the weight cap nuts had very little thread engagement but pushed on. Now on reassembly it really looks like someone had modified this pendulum by adding a lead cap to the steel...
  10. Wayne A

    Another Schatz JUM/7

    After having replaced pin pallets on another JUM/7 I took a chance on getting another JUM/7. This one is a midget carriage and sure enough it arrived with one broken pin pallet and the other pin bent. Did not want to risk bending that bent pin strait so heated the brass with a soldering iron and...
  11. Wayne A

    Webly Kundo Minature

    Finally acquired one of these Webly's with the oyster shell dial. I had liked the look of the dial and finally won the third auction I bid in. Looks like its plate 1381 from 1976. So this is probably the most modern clock I have and its sure apparent in the build, definitely cutting costs... It...
  12. Wayne A

    Come On Man

    Saw this clock for sale online. I don't normally buy full size clocks but I might have to bid on this just to put it back together right. Hard to miss the mistake..
  13. Wayne A

    Koma minature cracks

    I've seen bases with cracks and splits but this clock takes it to a new level I had not seen. Base is almost faceted there's so many micro cracks in it. Curious as to how this could happen to the base.. Suspect metallurgy problem and stress from manufacturing. Otherwise its a nice looking...
  14. Wayne A

    Franz Hermle Plate 1124

    Have you ever went through a clock and thought, how could this clock ever worked? Took a picture of the motion works when taking it down but did not pay any attention to the gears at the time. On reassembly and power testing I found that the motion works and hands took about 10 clicks of power...
  15. Wayne A

    Clock key or something else

    This small key came with a recently arrived clock but does not fit the clock properly. Don't have many clock keys but never seen one that looked like this one, notice the handle has what appears to be a bottle opener built in. . So clock key or something else?
  16. Wayne A

    Two clocks I thought I'd never own...

    At a local estate sale I found a really good deal on an Atmos 528-8 square dial and an Horolovar Ignatz repo. Could not believe they lasted to Sunday's 50% off pricing. Set the Atmos up and its keeping time and looks great and that makes it the first working clock I ever collected. Now the...
  17. Wayne A

    Pin pallet anchor design

    Ever since repairing a Schatz midget pin pallet I've been curious why the anchor has a larger hole facing the escape wheel where the pin cannot make contact. Well I just took down a Kern midget and its anchor is also designed with that extra wide area. Only reason comes to mind is its extra room...
  18. Wayne A

    Euramca by Edgar Henn

    Recent arrival Edgar Henn P1088 with that 500deg plus rotation. So when I first saw this one it reminded me of old "war of the worlds" movies alien walkers, so between that and the high rotation this clock has I had to have it. Anyway I get to the mainspring and it looks like a puffed cinnamon...
  19. Wayne A

    Bakelite repair on Schatz mini carrage

    Someone had to drop this little Schatz from several feet and it landed like a cat, on its feet which shattered the Bakelite inner base. Two out of three feet were broken but fortunately this base comes apart and most of the little pieces had not came apart like a puzzle.With some JB weld...
  20. Wayne A

    Its a Seikosha

    Thats about I know about it, Seikosha. Trademark on the painted dial, and stamped on the works and written on the gong. Suspect its early 1900's but don't know. Paper on the inside is ruined from what looks like spraying the clock with lube. Found it at a moving sale and the owner made me an...

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