• 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.

New York Standard Crown Wheel: Removable?

James Wrobel

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This post relates to "Lavina 105 (?) Ratchet wheel screw. Left hand?".

When trying to remove the crown wheel screw on a NYSTD 1573, I could not budge it, left or right. I removed the keyless works and discovered that the wheel does not need to be removed to get the barrel bridge off. The right angle gear is on the other side of the plate.

Therefore, I ask the experts: does this wheel need to be (or was it meant to be) removed at all?

Thanks,
jjw


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Chris Radek

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Looking at the underside with magnification you should be able to see the end of the thread and screw, and determine which way it goes. It's probably left handed but you can just look and see it.
 

James Wrobel

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I looked at close as I can. I can barely see threads, but not with enough clarity to tell which way they go. I turned the screw with as much force as I dare to do in both directions, and it won't budge.

Honestly, I don't want to ruin the screw because I won't be able to fix it. Given that I have successfully removed the bridge anyway, I'm going to leave it alone, but I'm interested in why the wheel would have to be removed. Oiling, perhaps, but it's not like other wheels I have seen.

Thanks,
jjw
 

Chris Radek

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To illustrate, I took a photo of the first one of these I found, a Bulova 6BM, an itty bitty wristwatch movement. You can see following the arrow the thread is going downhill (away from us) leading underneath, which shows that it's a lefthand thread. Imagine turning the screw in the direction of the arrow, you can see it will move away from us. So if I would flip it over and turn the screw head to the right, it would loosen.



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