• 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.

IBM International Model "A" Master Clock

John Lippold

NAWCC Member
Feb 2, 2011
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Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has one of these International Model "A" Master Clocks, a parts manual or any other documentation about these master clocks. I'm trying to find out what the configuration of the optional Duration Contacts were and where they were mounted on the movement. Thank you,

John

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John Lippold

NAWCC Member
Feb 2, 2011
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Hello IBM Clock,

Thank you for posting the pdf file about the International Type "A" Master clock. On page No. 6, Fig. 2 of the document they do show a set of optional duration contacts. In my clock, that mounting bracket has two threaded screw holes with screws in them and the holes do not match the drawing in Fig. 2. This is why I was hoping to find someone with one of these clocks that has duration contacts installed.

I've seen this document before and it's interesting the Wind Contact "B" shown in Fig. 3 is different than the one used in my clock. I suspect the clock described in the document is an earlier version of the Type "A" Master Clock. The document indicates it is undated but the contact type shown in the document was used in International Master Clocks prior to 1920. I'm guessing this document was probably dated around 1919.

There is no metal Model/Serial tag on this clock and no indication there ever was one. The upper label on the back of the clock is in bad shape but I believe the serial number to be 216009 which would indicate it shipped from the factory in early 1921. The lower label has been scraped off. I do know that by 1923 this Master Clock was no longer available but was replaced by the Type "A-88", (see photo below) which is an 88 beat master which uses the more common International Master Clock Movement.

Thanks again for your timely response,

John

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