• 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.

$ Hoping for info on 6 pocket watches

Peter Canna

NAWCC Member
Jun 12, 2019
I hope everyone had a great Christmas or Hanukkah
I am going to look at 6 pocket watches after the first. Unfortunately, all I have to go on at this point, is the attached picture. The owner states they were her fathers (and I believe she is in her 80's). She did state the "Right One is an Illinois railroad watch". I assume she means the bottom right. She also said it was recently serviced.

I know it may be almost impossible to provide any info about these watches especially value but I thought it was worth a shot. So if you can help regarding info, even what to look for, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! And have a Safe and Happy New Year!



Staff member
NAWCC Member
Jan 12, 2017
New York State

You have both Swiss and American watches

The only real way to know what you have is to open the backs
of all these watches and get the serial numbers and take a clear photograph of each movement
and inside of the case back.
That will tell us what the movement is inside and the metal content(Nickel, gold, silver etc)
of each case.

The illinois watch could be the nicest one in the bunch but opening it
up is the best identification.

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Jim Haney

NAWCC Member
Sep 21, 2002
Decatur, TN.
The bottom row is 2 small Swiss Ladies about $10 each. The lot is not worth very much and the Illinois, if a 21J RR has problems, the dial is bad. I would not pay more than $100-40 for the lot

Peter Canna

NAWCC Member
Jun 12, 2019
The bottom row is 2 small Swiss Ladies about $10 each. The lot is not worth very much and the Illinois, if a 21J RR has problems, the dial is bad. I would not pay more than $100-40 for the lot
Thanks that helps a lot!

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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