• 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.

Vadis womans wrist watch

Bill Manders

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Hi again,
The lack of response to the Vadis, either tells me it is really a rare watch that is unknown, or more likely, a watch of little consequence or value, and not worthy of a response.
So the next question would have to be, which of the above, is it ?
Thanks,
Bill
 

doug sinclair

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The term "generic" might apply to your watch. There are literally millions of watch "brand names" than are indistinguishable from one another. These names may be "house" brand names placed on watches that are assembled from off the shelf components. They may be a jeweller's name, a department store's name, a watch broker's name, I'm sure you get the picture. Watch movements were made by companies other that the company that made the dial, the crystal, the case, the hands, and the bracelet. Too many outfits involved in the end product to determine a maker. No serial number, no records kept by the outfit that assembled it to be able to determine rarity. Virtually identical watches to yours were likely sold with a countless number of different dial names! The case maker's trade mark is likely stamped inside the case back, but that is not likely a name you would recognize as a watch company. The movement probably has a maker's trade mark and caliber number stamped on it, somewhere. But again, it won't the name of a watch company that you will recognize. So there's a reason not much has been said about your watch. There's really not much anyone can say!

Mikrolisk lists two Swiss outfits that used the name Quo Vadis, but no listing for a Vadis.
 

Kevin W.

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Hi Bill, i would say its uncommon, the maker. Just did a search on that big web site and found nothing currently for sale.
 

Bill Manders

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Thanks Doug and Kevin, I also checked the big site and found nothing too. I was expecting the answers given, thinking it was a generic of millions of swiss manufactured ebauches, but was hoping it was a rare offshoot of a Girard perreguax or something similar. Oh well for a buck who cares. Does the style look like fortyish ?
Bill
 
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