• 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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    Completed collections?

    We all collect different things (e.g. different makes, models, grades, case makers, private labels, years, sizes, styles, accessories, literature, etc etc.) Wondering whether we have any examples of "Yes, I have actually completed the full set of this, there are no more to collect" that we're...
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    Waltham 1897 420/AWWCo

    Another one that came to me as an orphan which I might get fixed up one day. Hmmm, must get myself a couple more broken Bond St's to donate proper cases. According to the lookup Waltham Pocket Watch Information: Serial Number 12181102 (Grade No. 420) it is a grade 420. According to the other...
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    Waltham 1897 "Washington"

    Hi, anyone seen one of these before? This came to me as an orphan (from a seller in Portugal) and is now in my repairs queue. Given that it was intended for export, I'm trying to decide whether the "Washington" here refers to a place in USA, or the guy who we might use as a guess during the...
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    The final Waltham 18s?

    The last model 1883 seems to be https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/search/result/waltham/23100000 from 1919. The last model 1892 seems to be Waltham Pocket Watch Information: Serial Number 22017700 (Grade Canadian Pacific Railway) from 1918. Interesting how these models continued in production in...
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    It's Coming...?

    There is a big red banner at the top of my screen, saying "It's Coming". It's been there for a day or two now. Can I be the only one here who doesn't yet know whether I should be excited, afraid, or indifferent about this announcement?
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    Waltham 1877/1879 "John St"

    According to the lookup ( NAWCC-Info ) there were 3 small runs made of Waltham grade "John St" - a KW run and a HC run of model 1877, and an OF run of model 1879. Anyone seen or got one? Any thoughts as to whereabouts in the world they are most likely to turn up?
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    Dispersing a collection

    I have recently seen a number of watches being auctioned off individually, which were part of the same "huge" collection. I assume the previous owner has recently died (or been made bankrupt.) The watches are well described and photographed. My first thought was of the "What makes a collection...
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    Waltham 1888 CORONA

    Anyone know anything about these? Waltham Pocket Watch Information: Serial Number 7234363 (Grade Corona) Another one that's just back from repairs, can't remember if it originally came to me cased or orphaned. Looking at the dial, I guess this was basically the same idea as a SOL, for a...
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    Waltham Victoria / "J & Co L"

    These turn up from time to time... The movement is marked "VICTORIA" (presumably nothing to do with Cronometro Victoria.) I also have one of these to which someone had thoughtfully appended "PENDLETON" in neatly-scratched letters, thus making the name of a well-known modern-day cyclist. I'm...
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    Waltham Ball watch paperweight 12s?

    Anyone seen one of these before, or know how best to categorise it? On the outside we have a spherical glass paperweight, about the size of a big tennis ball, built around a brass ring. On the inside we have a rather pretty Waltham 12s movement with fancy dial. Runs lovely.
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    Waltham 1888 Traveler (with Equity stripes)

    Hi, did I post this guy yet? "Traveler" is much more commonly found on the 1899/1908 model. But there are also quite a few 1888s out there that are marked or recorded as Traveler. And once in a while, a pretty one comes around. Like this one, which was already inhabiting a lovely GF case when...
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    AM'n Watch Co. 14S model

    I couldn't find another "Adams St" thread to put it in, so here goes with my Adams St. Shouldn't be a rare watch, although they don't seem to come around very often at all. Waltham Pocket Watch Information: Serial Number 606088 (Grade Adams St.)
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    Waltham Beacon-Regina dual grade!

    Presenting my most recent acquisition - The Waltham 1897 Beacon-Regina dual-grade pocket watch. (Or triple-grade if we include "Bond St" which is what it is recorded as.) This turned up in a rather lovely Fahys Montauk 20-year case. Waltham Pocket Watch Information: Serial Number 7928226...
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    Waltham Giant

    Hi - Just wondering whether anyone else is interested in, or researching or collecting, the Waltham Giant? This grade is an occasional sight on the uk ebay site - sometimes cased, sometimes orphaned. As far as I recall, they do all fall within the range (19397001-19403000) that the lookup comes...
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    Splitting a pair?

    I have often heard it said (of other collectibles) that one should "never split a pair", i.e. if you have 2 similar vases or 2 similar paintings (etc) then you shouldn't sell them separately. Does anything similar apply to any facet of pocket watch collecting? As a collector I can't really...
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    Waltham Albion/Albino, Nailsworth

    A rather interesting Waltham 1883 (3927788) has just changed hands... Perhaps someone reading this was the lucky winner - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201819320710?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 The dial is unbranded, but the movement is marked "ALBINO", "NAILSWORTH". The...
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    Is the Search working?

    Hi - I'm trying to use the Search to look for threads about a particular topic, but I'm just getting an error. Is something "down" or is it local to me? Ta. vBulletin Messageconnection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused)
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    Waltham "1942"?

    Hi... What do I have here? According to the database ( https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/search/result/waltham/28715404 ) it's a model 1942, from 1935 - which sounds a little odd...? If this isn't a 1942 then how will I recognise it when I do see one?
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    Waltham Tempus

    Showing and comparing 3 "Tempus" watches. First up - https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/search/result/waltham/21772651 - correctly recorded as being from a mixed Tempus/Marquis run with varying jewel counts... Runs great. The interesting feature here is the wheel thing on the dial. Next up -...
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    The Fattorini Challenge! - One of every model...

    Introducing: The Fattorini Challenge. I have been accumulating Fattorinis over the past year or so, and it occurred to me to wonder how many more I need to complete the set? Over the next several posts I will post pictures of examples of some of the different Waltham models I have found...

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