• 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. grtnev

    Merry Christmas to all

    Merry Christmas to Everyone!!
  2. grtnev

    Watch Case Makers resource--what happened to it?

    These sorts of issues really are a befuddlement to me - there are still broken links that were never fixed from the last upgrade on the old forum site and now .... I understand all the issues regarding the effort involved and limited resources to get there, but at the end of the day I am (we...
  3. grtnev

    New York Standard Watch Company

    Only one I have - acquired it about 15 years ago as a part of a package deal with an Elgin 16s grade 360. It is in good condition, runs, so I kept it. New York Standard; 18s, 7j, Grade No. 64 (I think) , s/n 3949569, ca: 1902 - 03 (best as I could estimate)
  4. grtnev

    Happy Thanksgiving from the American Pocket Watch Forum

    To you and your family Rob as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
  5. grtnev

    Illinois 18s, Double Sunk Dial - Hunter Movement - Request for Information

    Kicking this back up to the top - anyone? Thank you, Richard
  6. grtnev

    1859 Appleton Tracy model 57

    Very nice watch! Interesting, that the inscription, if I read it correctly, says 1870. Richard
  7. grtnev

    Illinois 18s, Double Sunk Dial - Hunter Movement - Request for Information

    Does anyone have an Illinois Catalog reference which shows this dial and over what time period Illinois used it on 18 size (in this example - hunter) movements? The dial is marked "Illinois Watch Co" in script with red 5 minute numeral markers. Since this is a double sunk dial, would it have...
  8. grtnev

    Hamilton Grade 977, 16 j, 16s, s/n 53204, ca 1897

    Thought I'd kick this thread back up to the top for a quick update. This watch was running when I received it in late July. After receipt of the watch, I sent it to Rob Carter for a COA and installation of a new alloy mainspring. After servicing, the watch has been running continuously since...
  9. grtnev

    Magnetism and Pocket Watches - Articles from "Electrical Review"; Nov 1887-Feb 1888

    By the mid-1880's electricity was well on its way to powering industrial America with the pre-imminent electrical power source of the time being the Dynamo (an electric generator that creates direct current using a magnetized stator, a rotating armature, and a commutator - the first electrical...
  10. grtnev

    Another ebay frustration

    Living where I am, if I didn't buy online I wouldn't have any watches. Over the past 20 years I have had a couple of issues with eBay sellers, but for me buying (and occasionally selling) on eBay has been a good and pleasant experience. Additionally, I have never had an issue with a watch...
  11. grtnev

    lack of high quality pocket watches at the Regionals.

    You guys should consider yourselves lucky that you even have regionals and marts in your area to attend. Richard
  12. grtnev

    ebay story

    I totally agree with Rob and approach eBay purchases with the same mind set. My last eBay purchase illustrates this perfectly. I recently acquired an Illinois 16s, Getty model grade 179 that was listed as running and recently serviced. The listing was from someone I’d bought from before...
  13. grtnev

    Information on watch collector computer software

    This is exactly what I began doing about 15 yrs ago and continue to do so today . I did this because I gave up on trying to find some sort of off the shelf software that fit my needs. I document my collection in two forms: 1) Excel spreadsheet where watches from a different manufacturer or...
  14. grtnev

    Rood Obit

    Dewey, Thanks for posting. Richard
  15. grtnev

    Illinois Pennsylvania Special pics please

    I’ve often thought that Illinois missed a marketing opportunity by not making or having one of their TOP grades 18, 16, & 12s called “A. Lincoln”, “Abraham Lincoln”, “Lincoln”, or some other derivative of Mr, Lincoln’s name. They were located in Springfield, ILL which was Lincoln‘a home town...
  16. grtnev

    Hamilton Model 23 #P1149 Keystone Case

    In addition to the good information that Jim has provided, let me add some additional comments. The Hamilton Model 23 was developed primarily to be used in conjunction with the Mark iV Aircraft Octant and was given the general military designation of Navigational Stop Watch AN-5742-1. (Note...

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