• 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.

Simplex synchronous clock - sweep second hand seems loose?

pianoman

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Hi all, I recently picked up another Simplex wall clock with the synchronous movement, and I just put it up last night. It runs fine and seems to keep accurate time, but the second hand seems to "fall" forward about 2-3 seconds just past the :00 mark, and it seems to "stall" for about 2-3 seconds just past the :30 mark, every minute. I haven't removed the crystal yet, but the nut that holds the second hand looks to be tight, so I'm thinking the issue is inside the movement. I have a spare movement I can drop in if I need to (provided I can figure out how to get the friction-fit hour hand off without bending it!), but I wanted to know if there was anything else I could repair otherwise. I have a box of spare Simplex parts from the late Harold Bain, so I could theoretically replace most parts in the movement. I was also curious if this could be motor-related; the motor isn't super loud but I can hear it running, so there is some wear in there. However given that the clock isn't losing or gaining time overall, I'm not inclined to suspect the motor.

I'd appreciate your thoughts1
 

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