• 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.

Case, Carrying, Watch, Navigation U. S. Army A. C.

musicguy

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I always wanted one of these "cans" and recently acquired one.
These are not rare, and I know many people here have them.

It's a WW2 Era U. S. Army A. C. Master Navigation Watch protective "can" type case.
Made by GEO. H Adamson Tecumseh, Michigan, U.S.A.

It's very heavy for it's size, and it has a thick glass window that you can see the Master
Navigation Watch through(with protective rotating metal disk cover).

The Master Navigation Watch sit's in a nest of springs and cushions.
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(1942 Elgin B W Raymond Grade 581 A-13 Master Navigation Watch GCT)
 

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:thumb: Every military collector should have one.
 
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These were manufactured for the US ARMY A. C. in accordance
to U S Army Spec for use in Airplanes to hold a Master Navigation Watch.
They were used from the WW2 era into the late 1950's(that is my understanding).
They protected the Master Navigation Watch from vibration and shocks on the Airplane.
These watches were a very valuable(and expensive) tool that needed protection.
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These were manufactured for the US ARMY A. C. in accordance
to U S Army Spec for use in Airplanes to hold a Master Navigation Watch.
They were used from the WW2 era into the late 1950's(that is my understanding).
They protected the Master Navigation Watch from vibration and shocks on the Airplane.
These watches were a very valuable(and expensive) tool that needed protection.
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Rob
Now I have to go looking for one "You are a trouble maker " :)
 

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Chapter 18 “Master Navigational (GCT) Watches” of Marvin Whitney’s “Military Timepieces” describes these as a “…metal canister which acted as a magnetic shield, shielding the watch from possible magnetization by fields set up by stray electrical currents within the airplane.” One could argue this applied to the Elgin and Waltham GCT versions but, in theory at least, less so for the Hamilton 4992B with its Elinvar “Extra” hairspring. Whitney goes on to say “In Navy applications the watch was enclosed in a shock-mounted hardwood box.” Herewith a few photos from my collection – note the (ahem) “U.S. NAVY” engraved on the train bridge.

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Nice watch and box.


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I am pretty sure the Elgin and Waltham examples conformed to the same specifications in the contract for non-magnetic and inherent temperature compensation.

In the panel clock built jointly by Elgin and Hamilton , Hamilton used the Elgin balance and hairspring. :)

I think Hamilton had a much better advertising operation during the war that stood them in good stead.
 

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Congrats on picking up one of these magnetic shielded shock absorbent metal canister carrying cases. Some years ago I found a place on the net selling antique aircraft parts and they had these cases for 25 buck each I bought two and sold one at a NAWCC mart for 50 so it paid for mine I kept. Tell you I wish I bought as many as they had for what they sell for today. Here is mine and like some one said every military watch collector should have one.
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Thanks River Rat, I also picked up a Hamilton 4992b(AN 5740) that came with the canister carrying case
that needed a little work. I got both for a very good deal. I will post the
Hamilton Master Navigation Watch when I get it sorted out.
My canister carrying case looks like it was well used.

Rob
 

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