• 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.

Is this chime normal condition? Westminster chime clock

yam kei

Registered User
May 5, 2016

Thank you.
I have a Westminster chime clock.
But the chime at every hour is a little funny.
That is different with any other Westminster chime clock.
Is this chime normal condition?
How can I adjust it?




NAWCC Member
Dec 21, 2006
The chime drum is not positioned correctly. The chime drum is turned by a larger grub gear ("main wheel") which is held onto its arbor with a screw. Re-position the chime drum by adjusting the grub gear on the back of the movement - easiest way to do this is to set the movement just after the first quarter hour, loosen the grub gear screw, then turn the grub gear until you see the descending hammer sequence for the first quarter hour chime. Then tighten the screw and it should be fine.

This tutorial should give some useful information: https://mb.nawcc.org/showwiki.php?title=Chime_Clock_Basics
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Staff member
NAWCC Member
Oct 19, 2005
North Carolina
Chime's link did not work. Try this one: Chime Clock Basics
In case you are not sure about which descending notes he's referring to, it's notes 8,9,10 and 11 in your video.
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