• 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.

Waltham Model 1870

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The pallet-fork on my M1870 is in bad shape, it was once broken in half and soldered back together, further having mismatched jewels on the ends. Likely another example of someone working on a full plate 18s. movement & allowing the pallet-fork to crash with the potance resulting in catastrophic damage.

I may be able to acquire a donor watch which is crown wind & pin set.

My watch is key wind & key set.

Both movements are 15j. hunters.

Does anyone know whether these parts are interchangeable?
 

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Waltham's 1885 material catalog lists only one pallet fork so apparently the same part was used in stem wind or key wind models (and I can't imagine why not). I would expect the same part interchangeability as with most parts from that era, i.e. some fitting may be required -- especially the pivots.
 
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Waltham's 1885 material catalog lists only one pallet fork so apparently the same part was used in stem wind or key wind models (and I can't imagine why not). I would expect the same part interchangeability as with most parts from that era, i.e. some fitting may be required -- especially the pivots.
Thanks Jerry.

Is the 1885 catalog available for download?
 

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