• 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.

Seth Thomas Legacy IV

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Dear Wise Ones,
I have just joined this forum to ask a question about a mantel clock, but a grandfather is entering my life some day, so I am sure I will be back.
Pictured is a Legacy IV, dated 1974. The clock is wound x 3, chimes when the hands are set to the quarter hour and on the hour, and the balance wheel moves freely. When the wheel is set in motion, the clock runs for about a minute (ticking, advancing the minute hand) until the balance wheels seems to "run out of steam". I have tried tilting the clock a bit on both sides to see if it might be out of balance, but the running (or lack thereof) does not change. I have repaired many smart phones, so am handy with delicate instruments, but never a clock, so I apologize for coming among you as such an amature.
Thank you for your valuable time!!
Seth
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Very simply your clock is quite old and needs service, disassembly cleaning probably bushings and oiling. Not a good movement to start with, they still make this movement, and it is improved quality, a simple in and out. Unless you want to tackle a hard one to work on, this is the way I would recommend.
 
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I would recommend replacement also, 350-060 me thinks. The wear is obvious in the photo and it has to be bad for that to happen, except in maybe an extreme close-up.
The layout of the chime hammers is somewhat different now, so replacement will probably require some modification/s of your chime block, or maybe just changing over some of the chime hammer parts. I do remember that it's more of a problem with the older and larger Hermle chime movements used in this same case during the 50s and 60s.
Now is the time to change over to the simpler pendulum model (351-060), if you are so inclined. All you will need is a 15cm pendulum. To go this route will cost you about an extra 20 bucks.
Good luck, Willie X
 

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If you want to learn clock repair, get yourself a couple of easier two train movements to start with. Worn out pivot holes are repaired with bushings. Do some searching on this site, and you'll find lots of information on how to let down springs. disassemble, polish pivots, insert bushings, and other minor repairs. Practice those skills until you feel confident, and then tackle that three train chimer :)
 
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If you want to learn clock repair, get yourself a couple of easier two train movements to start with. Worn out pivot holes are repaired with bushings. Do some searching on this site, and you'll find lots of information on how to let down springs. disassemble, polish pivots, insert bushings, and other minor repairs. Practice those skills until you feel confident, and then tackle that three train chimer :)
Ever since I read Catch 22, "tiny repair" has attracted me!
 

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