• 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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    Kundo/Mayer clock with pink base

    I have gone over the pillars and pendulum very carefully and I can see no evidence of previous lacquer or colour. The finish on the pillars and pendulum weights are matt and they match very well. They do not look polished to me. John's description of the pillars and pendulum weights having...
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    Kundo/Mayer clock with pink base

    Thanks for the replies. It is interesting that the clock has featured in correspondence sent to Charles Terwilliger back in 1987. I wonder if the clock was in England at that time? The clock in its current state is very presentable and all I have needed to do to get it running is put it in beat...
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    Kundo/Mayer clock with pink base

    This interesting clock has just come across my bench. From this forum I realise that it is a Kundo clock originally marketed by Mayer. It must be a later clock because there is no identification logo but I was wondering why these clocks started with a Mayer mark, then a Kundo mark and then none...
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    Atmos Caliber 519 Running Very Slow

    I have found that it is nearly always necessary to adjust the weights when replacing Atmos springs with the Timesavers equivalent. I have never had to thin an Atmos spring although I have had to thin a couple of Reutter springs. Since the Timesaver springs are the only ones available to many of...
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    Atmos Suspension Wire Replacement

    Some of these circular nuts at the bottom of the pendulum can appear to be glued on! On the worst cases I have clamped the pendulum tube in a vice using two pieces of metal with semi-circular cutouts and then used the end of a steel rule held in parallel jaw pliers to turn the nut. In one case...
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    atmos timing

    Hi Pete, I use a MicroSet 3 for timing my Atmos clocks. I use the seconds per beat setting and the running average set to 2. The reading should then be 30.000000 or as close as you can get. Since the balance does one complete oscillation in 1 minute it follows that there are 2 beats per minute...
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    Kaiser Universe with no name on backplate

    I wondered if anyone had some more thoughts on this Kaiser Universe now that there are some photos? There are no identifying marks on the movement or base. Ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave.
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    Kaiser Universe with no name on backplate

    Thanks John for the reply. I have received 5 photos from my friend and I have posted them here. I hope there is sufficient information to enable you to make some assessment of the type and date of the clock. If you require something more detailed then please let me know. Best wishes, Dave.
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    Kaiser Universe with no name on backplate

    A colleague has recently contacted me about a Kaiser Universe with no name on the backplate. I have reassured him that Terwilliger has such a plate (#1696) which appears to be related to plate #1309. Is anybody able to say why some of these clocks had no name on the backplate and whether it...
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    Is this an early Kienzle?

    John, Thanks for your comprehensive reply to my query. As you have said, dating these clocks seems to be a bit of a nightmare. I should have mentioned in my original posting that the screw by the eccentric nut, and the hole the opposite side, were present when the clock reached me and I think...
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    Is this an early Kienzle?

    I have been working recently on a louvre/bandstand case 400 day clock that came in dripping with oil. It has been cleaned up and is now running strongly. (Photos below). The backplate doesn't seem to be in the Repair Guide although it looks very similar to the Kienzle plates 1163, 1247, 1383 and...
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    Setting up a 'C' suspension block

    Is there a correct way to set up a 'C' suspension block? When I received the clock the top 'pivot' screw was screwed in to its full extent and there was no freedom for the block to move at all. Slackening it off completely and of course the whole block and suspension spring can be removed. Is...
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    Cut-outs in Becker escape wheels

    Thanks for the informative replies. I have checked the Beckers in my small collection and thrown up a puzzle. The highest number I have with a solid escape wheel is 2249320, dated by John's work as 1914. The lowest number with a spoked wheel is 2194760, dated at 1912! This could, of course, be...
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    Cut-outs in Becker escape wheels

    I have just had a debate with a friend about the presence or absence of cut-outs in Becker escape wheels in 400 day clocks. He was adamant that all Beckers had solid escape wheels. I said I have at least two with cut-outs. Can anybody resolve this question and if cut-outs were introduced in...
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    How do I remove an incorrect image from my posting?

    Hi, I accidentally attached an incorect photo to my posting and although I can edit my text, I don't seem to be able to remove the wrong image and replace it with the right one. Is there a way of doing this? There doesn't seem to be a way of previewing a posting with the images attached. If...
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    Can a 400 day clock pendulum be too heavy?

    Sorry, I seem to have managed to get the same image of the pendulum twice on my last posting. Here is the correct photo. Can anyone tell me how to remove an image from a posting? I seem to be able to edit text but not remove an image. Thanks, Dave W.
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    Can a 400 day clock pendulum be too heavy?

    Here are 4 photos of the pendulum and backplate of this louvre JUF clock. (Excuse the fingermarks but they will all be cleaned off when I have the clock running properly!) The number underneath the pendulum appears to be written on and reads 52004. The backplate appears to show an upsidedown...
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    Can a 400 day clock pendulum be too heavy?

    Thanks for your comments Harold and John, erudite and informative as always. I have now had the clock running all day, having changed the suspension spring that was fitted when I bought it. When I put the micrometer on it, it was close to 0.0050inch at each end, although thiner in the middle...
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    Can a 400 day clock pendulum be too heavy?

    I am working on a louvre style, Jahresuhrenfabrik clock with a backplate showing two elephants only. No other markings at all. The pendulum is a disk pendulum which I suspect might be from another clock. It weighs in at 405gm. A number is written underneath the pendulum but there are no numbers...
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    Viewing images on the Message Board

    Hi Jeff, Thanks for the reply. I do have McAfee Secuity Suite and have discovered that by turning off the 'advertisement blocker' I am now able to see the images. Turning off the 'pop-up blocker' made no difference, I still could not see the images. I don't know how McAfee decides whether the...
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