• 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. Brad Maisto

    “Watch Tests” by F. M. Bookwalter, Oct. 1917

    I am not sure how long I have had this small 176 page book that measures 4 &3/4 X 7 &3/8 inches. It is the fifth edition, the title page is “The Pocket Performance of Fine Watches Exhibited by Critical and Systematic Time Service Records”. The third picture is an example of the charts found...
  2. Brad Maisto

    Military Pocketwatches, Luminous Dials?

    I have this 16S Elgin, serial 27,022,360, 7-jewel watch with a “military” style dial that appears to never have had the luminous (dangerous, radioactive, cancer-causing etc.) material applied to the Arabic hour numerals (1-12). Has it ever been determined that these dials were sold off after the...
  3. Brad Maisto

    1935 Keystone Jewelers Index - School Listings

    I found this list of watchmaker and optometry schools in the ”beat-up”, “well-worn” 1935 “The Keystone Jewelers Index” that was in with the Elgin books that I showed in the other post, from an estate auction in Owensboro, KY. This index has 584 pages of some quite interesting information. I...
  4. Brad Maisto

    Elgin Service Bulletin and Genuine Material binder

    I wonder if A. E. Moore from the ENWC would respond to this “Business Reply Card” if I offered my suggestions? This letter and postcard were in the Elgin Service Bulletin and probably almost every reputable watchmaker had one of these back in the day. Along with these two “manuals” came a small...
  5. Brad Maisto

    What is This? Some Type of Indicator?

    I bought this at an estate auction today that had been in an estate of a Watch repairer. Here are two pictures, the back cover says “ Made in Germany”. I have not been able to remove either cover, plan to use some penetrating oil. Thanks in Advance, Brad Maisto, KY Floral #44 Secretary
  6. Brad Maisto

    Carson City Nevada, State Capitol building Street Clock

    While stopping in Carson City, Nevada to see the state Capitol building, this beautiful looking street clock really caught my attention. The top had a plaque signifying the Rotary club from 1905-2005 had something to do with this great looking street clock being in this location. Does anyone out...
  7. Brad Maisto

    Huge Seth Thomas 30-Day Wall Clock?

    I just had the opportunity to witness, in person, a beautiful, huge Seth Thomas 30-day wall clock in the gift shop/servants quarters situated next to the “Vikingsholm” castle in California’s Emerald Bay State Park on Lake Tahoe. Does anyone know additional information on this clock? It was not...
  8. Brad Maisto

    Elgin Watches Building - 1939 New York World’s Fair

    I have been going through my late great-aunt’s postcard collection and have found a few interesting cards. My late great-aunt taught in Oak Park and Elgin, IL and spent most of her lifetime in the Elgin area. Out of the 950 postcards in her collection, one is horological related. But a few...
  9. Brad Maisto

    Show off Your “Mother’s Day” watches!

    I am probably not the only pocketwatch collector that feels a little “guilty” for acquiring a collection without thinking to get the “wife-in-your-life” one for her to add to her jewelry drawer? And since my mother just passed away on May 1, 2020 after living for 94 years in the Elgin, Illinois...
  10. Brad Maisto

    Analog versus digital, what next?

    Not sure if this is allowed, but I “borrowed” this picture from the “word/genius” website and felt a few NAWCC members might get a chuckle out of this? Analog (definition) - Relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial...
  11. Brad Maisto

    Hairlines in Enamel (porcelain) Dials - Revisited?

    I thought maybe this thread would generate some discussion from this respected community of fellow watch collectors during these “dreaded” Covid19 pandemic times? There has been much discussion on “dial hairlines” on how to get rid of them and why they occur, but hairlines (and lets not even...
  12. Brad Maisto

    Paintings & Horological Collages, Park Lane Gallery, London?

    Bought these two cute “horological collages” at an auction yesterday, with one requiring a little repairing! These two small collages measure 4 X 6 inches, or 10 X 15 cm for those across the pond, so to speak. The label on the back of the “Big Ben” collage reads, “Park Lane Gallery, 110...
  13. Brad Maisto

    Collecting on a Budget & Conversion Dials, Unlikely Pair

    I have had these two Elgin’s for quite awhile. The BW Raymond grade 70 on the right with serial number 3,876,462 dates to around 1889. The marked grade “274” with serial number 10,854,388 dates to around 1903. Am I the only pocketwatch collector with a goal of trying to obtain as many different...
  14. Brad Maisto

    This “Invincible” Watch Case Reminds me of Christmas!

    I started a post the other day with a case reminding me of Pearl Harbor Day. This “Star” covered GF Invincible watch case reminds me of the Christmas season! It is a 6S, Elgin with serial number 5,854,704 that was manufactured around 1894. Anyone else have cases that remind them of this fast...
  15. Brad Maisto

    In Honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Patriotic Watch Case

    I am sure there are others out there with better examples than this lowly Hampden 7-jewel Champion, serial number 3,054,321 in a GF Illinois watch case with engraved or stamped eagles on the front and back! Not sure about the 12-star American flag in the eagle’s talons! Thanks, Brad Maisto, KY...
  16. Brad Maisto

    Niagara Parks Floral Clock, Canada

    This was our last stop for today while vacationing in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. The back door was open which allowed viewing the motor and mechanism of this huge Floral clock. The historic photos of previous years are inside this small building as well. I’d be curious to know how many other...
  17. Brad Maisto

    Dollar PW - Brandeis & International Harvester Logo?

    Picked this up today for a friend who has a few “red” antique farm tractors. Since I prefer green, I will keep looking for one for my collection. I “googled” Brandeis and found out they have business locations in Louisville, KY, Indianapolis and Evansville, IN. I was hoping to find a date stamp...
  18. Brad Maisto

    When you Tell a Neighbor you Collect Pocketwatches!

    I told my neighbor a few weeks back I collect old pocketwatches as he was at an Indian artifact show in Owensboro, KY. Then this shows up at my front door yesterday, I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. To be honest, I am not sure I have seen one like this before, requires a...
  19. Brad Maisto

    “Hey, Hamilton Man!” Story in Sept/Oct Bulletin?

    Since I am on a “roll” so to speak, see my post in the “Tower, Monumental & Street Clocks” section on this message board, I have to comment on this cute story found on page 411 in the September/October “Watch & Clock Bulletin”! I think it would be helpful to NAWCC members for some additional...
  20. Brad Maisto

    Two-Sided Street Clock in Owensboro, KY

    Since I just read the “Research Activities & News” article in the September/October 2019 Watch & Clock Bulletin on page 401, I could not resist taking a picture of this iconic bank building with its “Two-Sided” clock standing on the sidewalk in downtown Owensboro, KY. This happens to be only a...

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