• 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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    Elgin + Frederick Francis + Kewanee

    Well...During COVID god knows what is happening. However - his house is owned by the Kewanee Park District and is open for tours. He left his house and property to the city of Kewanee when he died. I have not been through the house - yet. It is on my radar for a road trip. The address - not...
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    Elgin + Frederick Francis + Kewanee

    The earliest he could have been working for Elgin was 1878 - and the company, by that time, had been in business since 1864, and making watches since 1867. And I think even those earliest watches had hair springs. So - maybe he came up with something better than whatever it was they originally...
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    Elgin + Frederick Francis + Kewanee

    He met his wife at the Elgin Watch Factory - she was a widow. Last name was CROWFOOT. She is buried in Elgin - Frederick, however, is not.
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    Elgin + Frederick Francis + Kewanee

    I've looked through all of those. And there are many Frederick Francis's out there - believe it or not. And none of those patents are for anything that has anything to do with watches, or machines that make watch parts, or people from Illinois.
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    Elgin + Frederick Francis + Kewanee

    Hello. I live a couple towns from Elgin, Illinois, and worked in Elgin for 25 years. I have been collecting Elgin watches for years. And there is something I just can not figure out on my own - so I was hoping someone on this Board has the answer to this. At the very least, this is going to...
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    Convertible Pocket Watches

    This has probably been posted before. But I'm not having any luck finding an answer. So my question is - Besides Elgin, how many other watch companies made convertible pocket watches? Thanks for your help.
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    Driving around a suburb of Milwaukee this morning - and this is a pic of the van in front of me.
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    Elgin Grade 155

    Here is the front and back. If you want something more specific, let me know. Thanks for your help!
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    Elgin Grade 155

    I just received an Elgin Grade 155 pocket watch. The movement is lovely. Everything else is not. It has a metal dial that I would like to replace with a double sunk, appropriate, enameled dial. I would like to recase it in a Salesman's case - so you can see the movement. [The case it is...
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    My Elgin B W RAYMOND visits home

    Next time you are in Elgin - go to the Elgin History Museum. Here's the website: Elgin History Museum | Inspiring historical discovery through preserving Elgin's heritage. They have a floor dedicated to the Elgin National Watch Company. Not too far from the original watch company site. I...
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    A quick question for you folks that know so much more than I do. I know that all the Grade 331's were made in one run of 2000. So - my question is: Are all the Grade 331's Ball/Elgin's? Are there some out there that are just Elgin's? Curious minds want to know. Thanks for your help! Amy...
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    I have a an eight-day Elgin clock - that needs a crystal. This is one of those Size 30 movements from the 1930's. The crystal is octogon shaped. I have no idea where I could get this done. Any ideas? I live in the Chicago area. Thanks for your help. I think it is a Size 22 - not Size 30...
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    Just what is a "Lord Elgin"?

    The Lord family was a prominent family in Elgin. George P. Lord (1819-1906) G. P. Lord, was a business manager of the watch company, the owner of a dairy farm, a mayor, president of the board of education, and president of the First National Bank. Lord's Park is named after him. Lord Elgin...
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    Convertible Pocket Watches

    Thank you for answering that. I would have never figured it out myself.
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    Convertible Pocket Watches

    I know that Elgin made convertible pocket watches. Were there any other companies that made them?
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    Elgin H.H. Taylor Pocket Watches

    To Luis Casillas. You are my hero. I have read all of your slideshows with great interest. It has been a great help to me - because I am interested in the early Elgins. I didn't know you could sort Wayne Schlitt's database by name. Thank you for that. Everyone on this board is so helpful...
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    Elgin H.H. Taylor Pocket Watches

    This may be a really odd question. But, I'll put it out there. There seems to be several ways to sort through data on Elgin watches [i.e., by serial number, or year, or size, or grade, etc.] Is there any database out there that lets you sort by Name? I am particularly interested in how many...
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    Elgin Grade 193 Raymond

    Well...I'm brand new to this board. Posted my very first post yesterday...and then realized I had posted it in the wrong place. So...I am going to try again! Hi. This is my very first post on the board. I have a question for knowledgeable Elgin collectors. I have a Grade 193 Raymond. It is a...
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    Elgin Grade 193 Raymond

    Hi. This is my very first post on the board. I have a question for knowledgeable Elgin collectors. I have a Grade 193 Raymond. It is a Size 12. I thought I remembered reading something somewhere that all Raymonds were RR grade "at the time" they were made. The one I have is from 1913...
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