• 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.

A little oddball watch Time-O-Phone

tgarnold

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I am posting this here, because it is closest in size to a wristwatch. I'm not sure how to take it apart. It has a manual wind movement and sets and winds through the stem. The meter on the left side of the dial is a 0-12 minute scale. I assume this is used to record phone length for a pay phone. The button on the bottom resets the meter. The back turns counter clockwise as well to wind something. It looks like this was part of something bigger and the back would contact something electric to set off an alarm or stop a call. Has anyone ever seen or used one of these before?

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I’ve had a couple over the years. They clip on that central part of a rotary phone dial. Remember when your phone calls were charged according to the number of minutes you were on the line?-Cort
 
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tgarnold

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So, what does the winding in the back do? I guess you would connect it to the rotor so when you dial it winds it. It would wind on the recoil since it is counter clockwise. Is it just an additional wind to the watch?
 

tgarnold

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The indicator seems to start working when the watch is wound by the crown. I have to let it work all the way down before I try to just wind it by the back.
 

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These have a slipping mainspring like those in automatic watches so you won’t overwind it while dialing your phone. I found two I still have that will get fixed some day. One is like yours but marked Sperina. It is missing the bottom button that holds the timer hand in place when setting the watch hands. Another version here is marked Gruber. It has a finger wheel on top to set the call length. It too clips on a phone but doesn’t have the cool rotary phone winding arm. The third item here is a Parker-Timer that clips on your belt and dings when your parking meter is expired. Fun novelties!-Cort EDA6ED08-CADC-4CCE-8433-609C02590A4B.jpeg
 
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