• 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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    Sales Demonstration Watches

    Some manufacturers made special sales demo watches for use in jewellery stores selling their products. Here is one from Girard Perregaux (image taken from internet although I also own one). Other than this one and the well known Shell Oil watches (also by GP) is anyone aware of other...
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    Omega 741 wristwatch chronograph

    Those were excellent chronograph movements. I am wondering if it isn't a pocket watch conversion (I don't recall any issued as wristwatches), but if you can give me the serial number I could narrow it down. The picture is blurred and I can't tell how many places there are in the number. Seven...
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    What is the longest time it has taken you to put a clock back into service?

    The Paterson clock case was very sad - dried out with every joint loose, and it had been 'redecorated' in a Chinoiserie pattern by someone that looked like they had gone at it with a barn brush and pot of glitter. Nonetheless I thought that the movement warranted a 'save' but kept leaving it...
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    What is the longest time it has taken you to put a clock back into service?

    I might be a winner on this one. I bought a very decent brass face 18th C. (George III era, by David Paterson, Sunderland) long case in rather deplorable condition back in the mid 1970s. The case was derelict and everything needed overhauling. I just got it back in service in 2020...... Sadly...
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    A Christmas thread: your best buy(s) of 2020

    That Markwick is a stunner!
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    A Christmas thread: your best buy(s) of 2020

    Perhaps my favourite acquisition this year was a Jonathan Lees long case with unusually nice dial and (probably later modified) carved case. Now overhauled and happily ticking.
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    Interesting Display of Automobile Clocks

    Prices are all over the place on car clocks. Here is a Jaeger out of an early 1930s Cadillac I picked up awhile ago. This is the sort of rear seat spot it would have been used in.
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    Share your advertising clocks.

    This is a Girard Perregaux shop clock that is of better quality than many advertising clocks are - very solidly built. It is a slave clock and once I figured out where to locate a driver pack for it, it keep excellent time in my kitchen.
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    Longcase - have you seen these half-hour markers before?

    Here are some interesting ones. Jonathan Lees - Oldham c. 1730
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    Back to Standard Time

    I have closer to twenty so it takes a bit longer. I did all of the clocks except the LeCoultre Atmos which is set on standard time and stays there all year round. Frankly I wish they'd do away with daylight savings time.
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    Clocks of Windsor Castle

    Great article. I like this: "People are still amazed that at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace there is a small time zone in the kitchens, where the clocks are always five minutes fast. "This is so that the food arrives on time... it's a constant reminder that this is important." I may...
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    Electric Store Display Clock

    The power supply I am using plugs into the wall and puts out 12V 2A. It is adjustable to run 0.5, 1, 30 or 60 second pulse of alternating polarity Slave Clock Impulse Driver - EC5AP
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    Electric Store Display Clock

    Solved the problem on this FAVAG slave clock. It turned out to be 12V DC and I found a reversing power supply - a board you put in the back of the clock and connect a wall wart power supply (they also sell battery powered versions). If anyone else s ever in this situation, look at Electric...
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    Nathaniel Hedge of Colchester c. 1755 oak long case

    I also like the simple elegance of a flat top case (even though obsessiveness prevents me from removing even a loose caddy if one is present and presumed original). Love the dial - very nice score/project!
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    Seth Thomas Double Decker

    I have an almost identical clock see Early Canadian (Datable) Clock Mine appears to be 1848-1850. My middle panel decal is different, suitable to the Canadian market but the lower door botanical label is very similar to yours.
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    Month going 11inch dial marquetry on bells

    Do let us know if you weigh the weights. I have a London month going clock by Rimbault (London) that I acquired without weights and had to guess at what it needed (adding weight until it ran well).
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    Post your WEIGHT driven Vienna here

    Another Becker, from the serial number late 1880s. I like the rococo brass on the weights and dial centre.
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    Favag Have you ever seen this clock?

    Trying to see what it takes to get one of these clocks to work. I have the clock but no power supply. We applied a momentary 24 V DC ad got one tick movement out of the second hand. Does the polarity have to reverse every other impulse? I don't want to apply the wrong current for too long and...
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    18th Century Long Case Puzzle

    A further comment on the dial and whether the clock is originally a single or two hander. In Antique British Clocks, Brian Loomes states at p. 34 that on early two handed 30 hour clocks, the chapter ring showed four, not five divisions - in other words quarter hours not minutes, just as the...

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