• 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.

Help identifying watch(es) (1/10)


Registered User
Jan 24, 2021
I'm looking for assistance in finding information about a small collection of pocket watches.
(please can you guys here help, there are 9 English watches and 1 American. (I've made (or will make) a thread for each watch.)
Any information on the watch (good/not good/year/place of manufacture would be greatly received (I know nothing about watches, -but would like to know about these particular ones)
If there is anything you feel is missing from the photos, (or want better/different pictures to help identify these please let me know.
(all the watches work.)

The first is a "Centre Seconds Chronograph" watch, it is silver (assayed at Chester)
it is key wound, and has a serial number 90033 on the face and all parts of the case an movement. (other than that, I know nothing about it!) it has a slide button on the side that stops the clock from ticking (I imagine not the most useful feature ever developed on a time piece!)
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John Matthews

NAWCC Member
Sep 22, 2015
Coventry made movement, hallmarked Chester 1884/85. I cannot be certain of the case maker. There are a number of maker's marks of this style, {JR} in an oval cartouche, that remain unidentified and are shown in one of the standard references (Ridgeway & Priestley). It is possible that both the movement and case were made by Rotherhams, but there are other movement and case makers that are candidates



NAWCC Member
Jan 7, 2011
Breamore, Hampshire, UK
Hi Daniel,

...it has a slide button on the side that stops the clock from ticking (I imagine not the most useful feature ever developed on a time piece!)
This was a type of movement, many marked as a 'chronograph', that was intended as a sort of stopwatch, and continued to be made long after true chronographs, (which allowed the centre seconds hand to be started, stopped and reset to zero, all without affecting the rest of the movement), were introduced earlier in the 19th century. They weren't necessarily used as timers, but did allow the watch to be set to a precise time from another source, usually a longcase or regulator in a jeweller's shop. These were probably cheaper than the true chronographs, which were always a costly item.


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