• 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

    New Member and Questions about Crystal

    Yes - If the seller can’t tell me if the watch has been recently serviced, I will get the watch serviced. I want to be able to wear any of them and if you don’t know when it was last serviced you can do damage by extended running a dry (or dirty) watch. There is no way of knowing if it needs...
  2. grtnev

    New Member and Questions about Crystal

    Let me offer you my welcome as well! I do the same thing as Rob and others have indicated; replace a plastic crystal with a glass one. When I buy a watch, unless I know that it has been recently serviced, I send it to my watchmaker for servicing. The gentleman who does my work lives in...
  3. grtnev

    Seth Thomas watch parts catalog

    Rob, I’d encourage you to leave the post where it is - good info that others besides those repairing watches are interested in. Richard
  4. grtnev

    American PW waltham cdia WWII

    These clocks are dual mainspring and are somewhat complicated due to the date indicator and the center sweep second hand. If you shine a flashlight on the dial and then put it in total darkness, you should (hopefully) see some of the original luminescence glowing on the hands. (At least the...
  5. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    Kent, I agree totally with the concept of discussing in advance what needs to be accomplished during the servicing. My problem is that in the past l haven't fully appreciated what needed to be asked and my expectatioms were set too high. Your last post is a great example, re; regulator...
  6. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    ....a key point just made, which to me is the real crux of this topic and where I wish the experienced watchmakers participating in this thread would take the lead in helping us all understand.... 1) What exactly should one expect for a basic clean / oil and what should that run (min to max...
  7. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    Another factor that I would consider, if I were in the watchmaking business, is selling the value of my service; i.e. "what it is worth" vs. getting positioned that my service(s) is a commodity. Anyone who provides service to a customer (and I have been doing it now for over 30 years as a...
  8. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    Roger that, except in a white gold filled case and does not have the Montgomery dial. Richard Thomas Minden, NV
  9. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    Don't know that I would agree as an absolute statement. The value of the watch often is not directly related to what I paid for it or even twice what I paid for it. Like the time I found a Hamilton 992 in a factory Model 2 Bar Over Crown case at a pawn shop for $50. It wasn't working at the time...
  10. grtnev

    pocketwatch cleaning?

    One of the lessons that I have learned is to be clear with the watchmaker who is working on your watch as to what you get for your $$$. From what I can tell, today, most cleanings of watches that come into a shop in working condition are just that, cleaning, oiling, and basic servicing. Usually...

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