• 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.

Cosmos Electric

harold

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I have a Battery operated leather-covered small desk clock. The battery is the old European square with two metal tabs/strips. Is there any information on this clock? Cosmos Clock.jpg Cosmos Clock2.jpg
 

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Good afternoon, Harold!

I have a couple of these. I may even have one, like yours, originally given away by the British American Oil Co. I do believe most of these were gifts.

As you probably know, the concept is pretty simple: the two-ended weight rocker is flipped by an electromagnet to "wind" the clock, and when it rocks back to its rest position, this trips a switch that resets the rocker again. Very similar in many ways to the larger Empire, American Self Winding, etc. clocks.

The battery I have from one of them is 4.5v, and can be easily replaced by a battery holder with 3 AA's in it in series.

Is yours working?

Best regards!

Tim Orr
 

harold

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The escapement is working fine when spring is wound by hand, but the electric function does not wind the clock. I will try to set up another battery arrangement. Thank you.
 

sophiebear0_0

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Hi Harold

There is a very good article written by David Read. it is entitled "The Electronic Remontoire" published by AHS in 2011. Your movement is very similar to the Reform movement - although the Reform is higher quality.

The 4.5 volts flat batteries are still readily available, so there shouldn't be the need to convert to a battery box. A very common issue with these clocks is that the contacts made when the spring winds down are dirty. You should also check that the coil has a finite resistance. From memory it should be around 5-10 Ohms.

Let me know if you have a problem with the coil. I'm pretty sure I have a spare that you can have.

Regards,

Peter
 

harold

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Thank you for your kind offer. I am useless when it comes to electronic stuff. Thank you again.
 

sophiebear0_0

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No problem. I have sent you a private message. if you respond to that, i am pretty sure we can get it sorted. If the escapement is working, then the electrical side is pretty simple.

Regards, Peter
 

harold

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I have replied with the picture but for some reason, the email address you sent will not work. Please check the address.
 

sophiebear0_0

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The email address is correct. There is no "full stop" at the end......this just denotes the end of the sentence.

If you respond to my "conversation" and include your email address, then I can send you a test message.

Regards,

Peter
 

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