• 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.

Mastercrafters Clever Quartz Conversion

Allan Wolff

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I am sometimes asked to fix Mastercrafters electric clocks. There is not much to them, but the motor often needs work and the fiber gears are difficult to find. Repair costs can easily be more than the value of the clock. While I prefer to keep the clock original, it is very tempting to install a quartz movement. The challenge then becomes making the animated feature work.

This Swinging Playmates clock arrived on my bench. A previous repairer had converted it to quartz and used a very clever method to swing the children. I thought I would share how it was done.

A pendulum quartz movement was used. Instead of a pendulum, a strip of brass was fashioned with a hook on one end and a copper alarm clock hairspring on the other. A wrap of lead tape was added to give it some weight. This assembly hangs from the pendulum leader of the quartz movement. As it swings, the hairspring bumps against the wires of the swings, giving each child a little push as it alternates back and forth. It works amazingly well!

The original power cord was left in place to power the light. The only noise the clock makes is the pulsing of the quartz time unit so this would be a great nightlight for a child's bedroom.
Oh, I almost forgot. The only repair it needed was to replace the batteries. Apparently the current owner did not know it was quartz and the batteries expired in 1994. Surprisingly very little corrosion damage.
Allan

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Allen Mocklin

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Hi Allan, I have a Mastercrafters clock with just the girl, the fiber gear is gone and I have tried to find one, none to be found. I would like to convert mine to the Quartz movement, could you tell me which one was used for the conversion that will fit. The clock belonged to my mother and I just had my first granddaughter and I would like to get it running for her. Last year I converted two Micky Mouse wall clocks for the 70's to quartz and they work perfect.
Thanks, Allen Mocklin
 

Allan Wolff

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Hi Allen,
I did not capture the model number of the movement used.
These should easily fit in the space available
Timesavers Super Mini

And these movements with a continuous sweep seconds hand would mimic the original smooth sweeping seconds hand if it fits.
Continuous Sweep

They are cheap enough to get both and see which one works the best. Don't forget to get some hands and the parts to bump the swing!
Allan
 

Allen Mocklin

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Hi Allen,
I did not capture the model number of the movement used.
These should easily fit in the space available
Timesavers Super Mini

And these movements with a continuous sweep seconds hand would mimic the original smooth sweeping seconds hand if it fits.
Continuous Sweep

They are cheap enough to get both and see which one works the best. Don't forget to get some hands and the parts to bump the swing!
Allan
Thanks, I will order a couple today.
 

Movementman

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Hi Allan, I have a Mastercrafters clock with just the girl, the fiber gear is gone and I have tried to find one, none to be found. I would like to convert mine to the Quartz movement, could you tell me which one was used for the conversion that will fit. The clock belonged to my mother and I just had my first granddaughter and I would like to get it running for her. Last year I converted two Micky Mouse wall clocks for the 70's to quartz and they work perfect.
Thanks, Allen Mocklin
What Movement does yours have? If it's the Sunbeam one there are replacement gears available.
 

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