• 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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    Atmos II / Calibre II Dating

    Simon, I had mentioned in some of my previous posts that it is not possible to date an Atmos accurately based on the serial number without refering to the Jager LeCoultre factory record. This is because the Atmos were not produced consecutively based on. serial number. An Atmos with a higher...

    Lenzkirch with seconds-pendulum

    Oleg, You are correct. I made a slight typo error. I should have written " in the first quarter of the 1890s.". Thanks for the correction. Regards Mun C W

    Lenzkirch with seconds-pendulum

    This tall single weight Lenzkirch has seconds-pendulum and sweep second hand. It is listed as Model 311 in the Lenzkirch catalog . The back plate serial number is 932303. The clock was probably made in the first quarter of 1890. Mun C W

    Gothic 2-wt Lenzkirch

    This 2-wt Lenzkirch in a Gothic case is shown in the Lenzkirch catalog as Model 135. The back plate with serial number No 185932 is stamped with the early Lenzkirch logo which puts the date of manufacture around 1873 / 1874. Mun C W

    Vienna sold by J W Benson

    Lenzkirch is unlikely to be the maker of this clock as can be seen by comparing the back plate of this clock ( s/n 7646 ) with a Lenzkirch back plate shown below. The Lenzkirch back plate shows an early logo that was first introduced in 1873 based on information listed in a separate Lenzkirch...

    Vienna sold by J W Benson

    This ornate 2-weight Vienna was sold by J W Bensoon of London, however the movement has no name of the maker nor logo. I post a picture of the back plate in the hope the expert here can help to identify the maker and the year of maufacture. Thanks. Mun C W

    Post Your W. Würth & Co. Clocks Here

    I must make a sliight amendment to my above post. The clock was presented to a couple, Mr and Mrs Camillo Taussig, by Bowler and Burdick. According to Doug Stevenson's comment on a previous post of mine on this clock , Camillo Tausig was born in Hungary in about 1877, and died in Cleveland...

    Post Your W. Würth & Co. Clocks Here

    Hi Eric, I have an almost identical twin to your clock with s/n 7598, only three units before yours. The pendulum has a slightly larger gallery than yours most probably also made by JUF. The pendulum disc has an inscription showing that the clock was presented by Bowler and Burdick on 25th...

    Trademark ID

    The link below shows a Chinese made clock with the words TRADE MARK flanking the logo. However more commonly the Chinese worded version for Trade Mark were used instead of the English words. https://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?21467-Trademark-help Mun C W

    Early disc pendulum gallery question

    The 6 pillar gallery is non-magnetic . The 3 pillar gallery is magnetic. Mun C W

    New (to me) 400 Day Clock

    Eric, You are correct, it should be Pendulum 85. Thanks for pointing out. My apologies. Mun C W

    New (to me) 400 Day Clock

    Diana, The clock having back plate similar to Plate 1457 was made by Uhrenfabrik M Reiner. As Pendulum 35 was also made by Reiner it should be the correct one to go with your clock. There is no provision for a grove near the top of the of the pendulum to hold a clip. Compared with other...

    New (to me) 400 Day Clock

    Diana G, I have a similar clock as yours. Mine is complete with a suspension spring guard and pendulum as can be seen from the pictures below. The pendulum is very similar to Pendulum 86 shown in the Repair Guide. The clock has no provision for pendulum lock. Mun C W

    small four glass 400 day clock

    pahal, Pictures below show the wheel train of your clock and clock 837. Both the escape wheels have large diameter and 25 teeth each. The escape wheel teeth of your clock appear to be slightly shorter that that found in clock 837. It is not sure if that was the original condition or if they had...

    small four glass 400 day clock

    pahel, I believe the escape assembly of your clock is original. The reason it is not working properly is that, for some reason the eccentric nut in your movement had been previously shifted quite substantially. This can be seen in a side by side picture comparision of your clock's back plate...

    Help Dating Atmos Clocks - with fotos

    Hi Rob, I do not have information relating to the number of Atmos made with copper colored case or those with Lapis Lazuli dial. Judging from the infrequent appearance of these on the resale market I believe not many of these were made. Regarding the color of the case of your Calibre 526, I...

    Help Dating Atmos Clocks - with fotos

    Hi Rob, JLC had mentioned to me in my corrrespondence with them that there is no way an Atmos can be date accurately without refering to their factory record. For some reason the Atmos were not produced consecutively based on serial number. They had also informed me that an Atmos with a higher...

    Help Dating Atmos Clocks - with fotos

    Hello Rob_GER, In addition to what I have posted above, I like to add the following pictures and information. As can be seen in the pictures below the length of the front facing regulating knob is quite short thus avoiding the base of the clock cover rubbing against it during lifting or...

    Help Dating Atmos Clocks - with fotos

    I also have a copper colored Atmos II s/n 17966 which JLC dated it as having been made on 2nd April 1947. Most probably yours was made a few years later, quite possibly within the time frame mentioned above by new_hamster. Most Atmos II produced up to the late 1940s were equipped with rear...

    Latest purchase

    I bought one many years ago, it came with the rare 2-ball pendulum. It was a terrific runner, the last time I had it running the pendulum was making almost two complete turns. Mun C W

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