• 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. Elliott Wolin

    Hermle 341-020 out of beat conundrum due to improper installation

    I obtained a used bracket kit-clock where the person who constructed it apparently installed the Hermle 341-020 movement slightly crooked. With the clock on a level table it sounds out of beat and stops after a few minutes. But when I raise one side of the 12" clock base about 5/16" the clock...
  2. Elliott Wolin

    What does small lever do on 1927 Gilbert dual strike?

    Just got a 1927 Gilbert tambour clock. Works but is sluggish and needs cleaning and some rebushing (someone very carefully pinged a lot of the pivot holes instead of rebushing, very neat work, I guess this was considered acceptable to some craftsmen). Also needs a pendulum bob and case back...
  3. Elliott Wolin

    Why so heavy mantel clock?

    Just purchased this black slate or marble mantel clock. It weighs a ton ( ok, maybe 40 lbs). Why did they make these clocks so heavy? I'm not sure our mantel can take the weight! Also any information about this clock would be appreciated, so far I've done nothing but start the pendulum, it...
  4. Elliott Wolin

    Hand nut for Herschede chiming table clock

    While adjusting the minute hand on my Herschede chiming table clock, due to forgetting to wind it this past weekend, the hand nut left normal space and went into the Twilight Zone. I'm wondering what kind of nut is needed. Will Hermle hand nuts fit? If not, where might I find one?
  5. Elliott Wolin

    Run to the warning too long?

    I had to repair some broken trundles on the strike side of my Kienzle T&S pendulum movement. After getting the top plate back on, and after I finished my happy dance, I noticed the run to the warning was sort of long. Usually I aim for a half revolution of the warning wheel from locked to...
  6. Elliott Wolin

    Best way to drill hole in metal dial

    I've read about step drills, punches (commercial and homemade), sandwiching the dial between sheets of plywood and using regular drill bits, dremel methods, etc. These specially shaped sheet-metal drill bits seems like a great way to do it (if you can manage to grind the bit properly you can...
  7. Elliott Wolin

    Old Merritt's clock oil vs synthetic 0w-40

    An NAWCC article recommended using fully synthetic 0w-40 for oiling clocks (10w-60 for springs and heavier pivots). I just purchased a twenty lifetime supply of Mobil 1 0w-40 for about $7 and am wondering if I should stop using the older oil. I got a tube of clock oil with needle applicator...
  8. Elliott Wolin

    Servicing floating balance chiming movement

    Although the chime and strike trains run, the balance wheel stops rotating in a few seconds. I took the barrels and balance out, what's left looks like a typical T&S movement but with a few extra wheels and levers (I've worked successfully on a number of T&S pendulum movements, this is my first...
  9. Elliott Wolin

    Where are the jewels Seth Thomas (Hermle) A401-003?

    I have what I think is a Hermle-made ST chiming movement with a platform escapement (old style I believe). The plate says the movement has two jewels, I have no idea where. The pivots for the fork/lever seem to be standard (the pivot holes have little covers on the outside). Are they in the...
  10. Elliott Wolin

    Emperor 141-070 hand nut, etc. same as Hermle 141-070?

    I need a hand nut and maybe a second wheel for my Emperor 141-070. I think the movement was actually made by Hermle, I assume it's the same as the Hermle 141-070 (except mine has no bell, and some pics of the Hermle 141-070 have a bell, some don't). I assume parts are interchangeable, is this...
  11. Elliott Wolin

    Servicing Emperor (Hermle?) 141-070

    The movement in my recently purchased T&S Emperor wall clock is labeled "Emperor", but I gather Hermle made it. It was quite inexpensive, the previous owner said it ran for a day or so and then stopped, and he just wanted to get rid of it. It's the big octagonal one to the right in the first...
  12. Elliott Wolin

    Howard Miller 610-335 Grandfather Clock

    I've been looking for a grandfather clock for a while, my preference is for a cable movement with moon dial. I came across a Howard Miller 610-335 on Facebook Marketplace, not sure what it cost new nor what it is worth now. The clock appears to be in excellent condition, not sure about the...
  13. Elliott Wolin

    NY Standard second hand won't stop

    I want to set the time on my NY Standard 12s, but when I pull the stem/crown out the second hand continues to move, although the minute and hour hands stop and I can adjust them. Thus the only thing I can think of is to let it run down, then wind it at the exact second shown on the watch face...
  14. Elliott Wolin

    What to do about a too dark dial?

    The dial on my recently refurbished Kienzle wall clock is somewhat dark, having sort of a pot-metal colored surface with numbers painted on. The dial is heavy, looks to me to be a formed steel sheet bonded to a brass sheet backing. Unfortunately, it is not bright enough for where we'd like to...
  15. Elliott Wolin

    Dusty movement, probably talc

    I just obtained a circa 1986 Seth Thomas mantle clock, owner says she had it for over 30 years. The movement is pretty dusty and the dust smells like perfume. I suspect the clock lived close to where she used talcum powder or something similar. Even though it's sealed pretty well the powder...
  16. Elliott Wolin

    Perfect tool to adjust minute hand bushing

    Forget rusty file tangs, trying to hold a center arbor immobile, or other ways of turning stuck minute hand bushings. The perfect tool is a square-drive screwdriver bit. They come in various sizes, and are tapered so they fit tightly in different sized bushings. Turning the stuck bushing...
  17. Elliott Wolin

    Rebushing steel plate with KWM reamers

    The anchor pivot is loose in the pivot hole in the suspension spring hanger of my Kienzle movement, and I started to ream with a KWM #3. It wasn't cutting as I was used to seeing and I realized it isn't brass, it is steel (perhaps brass plated). I stopped reaming because I was worried I was...
  18. Elliott Wolin

    Depthing and beat for Kienzle wall clock movement

    I put together a Kienzle movement from a bunch of parts, including some swaps from another movement (each had problems). It's running now but only at a crazy angle, i.e. to get it close to in beat I had to tilt it a lot. I suspect this is because the crutch and pendulum support need to be...
  19. Elliott Wolin

    Best way to make small pins

    I need to make some of those short taper pins (a few mm to a cm) that you stick through tiny holes in the ends of arbors to hold wheels and things on. I've tried using soft wire (steel, copper) and have some hard pivot steel on order. For the soft wire I use some that can go through the small...
  20. Elliott Wolin

    How to get brass to shine w/o ultrasonic cleaner

    I don't have an ultrasonic cleaner and have been soaking brass parts in a non-ammonia Timesavers solution and/or in a homebrew solution from a recipe I found on the forums (ammonia, acetone, soap, water, I forget what else). Neither has worked very well in the sense that although the brass...
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