• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

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    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.

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ID on a Swiss movement

Buffomarinus

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G'Day,

A mate just asked if I could identify and repair a pocket watch he picked up at a local market.

The movement in question is of Swiss origin, size ~16s and has 16 jewels. As can be seen in the photos below it is labelled "Royal Lever" and has a very unique (unique to me) regulator.

Can anyone provide information on the manufacturer and possible production date?

Any help appreciated.

Cheers,

Rob FNQ, Au

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captainscarlet

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This movement looks to be a variant of the Revue cal 30 (Gédéon Thommen) with cam disk regulator. Circa 20’s I would say.
 
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This movement looks to be a variant of the Revue cal 30 (Gédéon Thommen) with cam disk regulator. Circa 20’s I would say.
It does very much so, but Rob (the OP) said it was 16 Size not 18 Lignes, there is a bit of difference, I would agree that it is a variant of the "Thommen" base calibre 30 as they were made with the cam disk reg.
 

Buffomarinus

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Many thanks for the quick responses.

Bila, Attached is a shot of the winding/setting mechanism that is under the dial.

As far as it's designated size goes, being only familiar with the Yank sizing specs, I called it a "16s." Measured around the dust ring seat it's 41.5mm. The dial flange measures at 43mm.

Rob

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