• 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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    Chelsea Navy Ships clock platform escapement

    Yeah Pictures of an escapement with a wrong roller won't help. It is strictly time only. I believe it to be a double roller as well. The more I thought about it, the existing single roller has loosen up and everything else is matched for a double roller. I think that will be the way to go...
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    Chelsea Navy Ships clock platform escapement

    So I either must have put something out there that no one knows about or wants to comment on. If anyone has a Navy Chelsea clock with platform escapement, if known, let me know if it has a double roller or single roller escapement. I'll take it from there or I'll just decide one way or the other...
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    Chelsea Navy Ships clock platform escapement

    OK, So I have a Ships clock that I have been repairing the escapement. I found the roller slightly loose on the balance shaft, but what bothers me is that the roller is a single roller and not a double roller that the lever/pallet is made to engage. The single roller is exactly that, a single...
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    opening stuck back on Waltham Premier Watch

    OK Here are some pictures of the watch. I may have to try the glue procedure if all else fails.
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    opening stuck back on Waltham Premier Watch

    There isn't any small nick or area on the back underside for a watch opener, which lead me to think it was a screw on back. I will submit pictures of it when I get in tonight. It is the 37 size and I have others, but they have the longer stem and were mounted in the pot metal cases.
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    opening stuck back on Waltham Premier Watch

    OK, I know that somewhere in these threads should be some ways to unfreeze a back that is stuck on a Waltham Automobile/travel watch. The crystal unscrews quite easily, but the back doesn't move. It must unscrew since the front does, but I have tried every form to unscrew it. It is of brass or...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    Uhralt and Shutterbug, Yes, I had not completed my repair of the lantern pinion on the center shaft. I wanted to get it back together temporally to check the spring size. I tore it back apart after the pictures and finished the lantern pinion with the slightly larger pinions. They matched the...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    Thanks Uhralt, Obviously since this looks to be a standard spring with hole end, it was probably replaced. I will go ahead and take your suggestion on the hole in farther. Very odd design for a mainwheel. It had myself and another repairmen, who's been repairing for around 30 years, baffled as...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    OK, I reassembled the movement and I am concerned with one thing. That is the support for the spring at the end where the rivet is. Uhralt, does your clock have the same support and that it is not used because the spring goes off in the other direction? I attached some photos of the spring and...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    I'll need to reassemble it and see. Your right about the bushing being shot, had to turn one down to match. The teeth had started to wear down to the point of looking like an escape tooth as well. They were bent also so I straightened and removed the burrs. The lantern pinion's on the center...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    Thanks for the responses, The spring may be a different one than original, but as far as the width, about 5/8", it appears to be correct because it matches up with shaft pin and the rivet in the holder. Now it may be a much thicker and longer spring, but I will say that it seems to take a lot of...
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    Waterbury Lever movement Mainspring issue

    I am working on a small lever movement that has a mainspring "barrel", if that is what you call it. I included a picture of the clasp or catch for the mainspring, which you will see is a brass part that contains the spring. Problem is that when the spring unwinds it expands out and rubs into the...
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    New Soapstone? clock, Ansonia??

    With the movement removed, it is a simple hairspring balance with a "Hermle" style barrel, even though it is small. Mainspring is 3/8" wide, barrel is close to 7/8" diameter. If I didn't have it apart right now rebushing and cleaning, I'd have some pictures. It is a softer stone, because using...
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    New Soapstone? clock, Ansonia??

    OK, I acquired this over the weekend with the stone in pieces. Through careful matching it went back together fairly well. Wet sanded the outside with 1200 grit and used a light oil and beeswax to bring it back to a sheen look. I believe the stone to be Soapstone, but not positive either. I...
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    clock amplifier

    Another way of creating your own is to take a Radio Shack Piezo transducer, about $3 to $4. Attach an alligator clip to it and solder the 2 leads to a 1/8 inch mini plug that will plug into the small radio shack amplifier that Ed spoke of. It works great with all of the amplification needed. The...
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    Wabash Electric Time

    So, In my searches on-line here, I do not see any postings for a small Electric clock with a green marble octagon case. It has across the dial "Electric Time" and on the back it is marked "Wabash Electric Time" made or distributed by Wabash Distributing Co. out of Chicago, IL I believe. Any...
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    American PW Success! First balance staff replacement.

    When it comes to turning new staffs, I make them from scratch from oil hardening rod, 3/32 usually works for all. I find that after hardening and then tempering to blue, if you use a graver with a radius instead of a point, and use it with the sharpened side face down, like a typical lathe tool...
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    L&R Cleaner question

    OK, After reviewing the connections and then some other L&R literature, these units used an automatic 7-second reversing mechanism when the unit was down in the jar. The cam rotates via the motor shaft, worm gear, and activates a SPDT microswitch, which is wired in series with the other...
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    L&R Cleaner question

    I purchased a L&R mastermatic model MA, but it has the motor head of the Ultrasonic attachment along with the Ultrasonic transducer. I don't have the generator for the Ultrasonic so I removed it, but the motor has a worm gear attached to a cam up inside that activates a microswitch, along with...
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    American PW Waltham auto clock winding problem

    OK, After reviewing the pinion positions and stem length, I found that the stem had to be screwed in far enough to engage the pinions. Problem that kept me seeing it was that the crown, when screwed in tight, wouldn't allow the stem to go in far enough to the winding position, stayed in the set...

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