• 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.

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phil australia

Hello America, can anyone help please with the dating of this clock which I recently picked up at a local auction here. It has quite an interesting going configeration of two weights as well as the electric motor. I presume the weights were automatically wound and were only used when there was a power cut. The electric motor is made by G.E.C. and the clock is made by I.B.M. It has an ordinary round pendulem bob. (not mercury) Any general information would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Phil.
 
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phil australia

Hello America, can anyone help please with the dating of this clock which I recently picked up at a local auction here. It has quite an interesting going configeration of two weights as well as the electric motor. I presume the weights were automatically wound and were only used when there was a power cut. The electric motor is made by G.E.C. and the clock is made by I.B.M. It has an ordinary round pendulem bob. (not mercury) Any general information would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Phil.
 
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jkatzin

Hi Phil,

You have a great clock! These came with either a stick and bob pendulum like yours, an Invar rod or a double jar mercury pendulum. The weights are lifted about every 40 hours by the GE motor. They should only drop about a foot before they are rewound. In the event of a power outage, the weights will drop to the bottom of the case, allowing for several days of reserve power. Be very careful when you service the movement. The main driving arbor has very small ball bearings in both the front and back plates. They are easy to lose.

There is much information about these clocks at the IBM website. Look in the clock corner...

Jim Katzin
NAWCC Life Member
AWI Life Member
 
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phil australia

Thanks Jim, interesting stuff. It is certainly a heavy old beast and takes two strong lads to lift it. Any idea on the approximate date.
Regards Phil.
 
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jkatzin

Phil,

I wish I had two strong lads with me when I put mine up!

These clocks were made from the mid 1920's to the late 1940's. A picture of the case and dial would help. Also, the model number and serial number might help.

Jim Katzin
NAWCC Life Member
AWI Life Member
 

harold bain

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Phil, IBM made similar master clocks in Canada up until their time division was bought out by Simplex Time recorder company in 1959, after which Simplex continued to make these clocks until the 1980's. They were a very well made clock. Harold
 

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