• 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.

Who makes this watch and is it worth fixing?

MGBV8

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I recently received this pocket watch and do not know the maker. Can anyone tell me who manufactured this watch and if it would be worth fixing. The gentleman that gave it to me said his grandfather gave it to him and he was about 65 years old so I am guessing this watch is somewhere around the early 1900's or late 1800's. It does not have any name on the dial and see the pictures. Any help would be greatly appreciated and any suggestions on who to send it to get it cleaned and repaired would also be appreciated. THANKS! Troubled in Bama Watch 2.jpg Watch 1.jpg Watch 3.jpg
 

MGBV8

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Who made this watch:???:

I recently received this pocket watch and do not know the maker. Can anyone tell me who manufactured this watch and if it would be worth fixing. The gentleman that gave it to me said his grandfather gave it to him and he was about 65 years old so I am guessing this watch is somewhere around the early 1900's or late 1800's. It does not have any name on the dial and see the pictures. Any help would be greatly appreciated and any suggestions on who to send it to get it cleaned and repaired would also be appreciated. It does not have a name anywhere on the watch but only has four numbers, 91381 on the back case. THANKS! Troubled in Bama Watch 1.jpg Watch 2.jpg Watch 3.jpg
 

Tom Huber

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Re: Who made this watch:???:

I believe that your watch is European made, probably Swiss. It appears to be missing the inside back dust cover (cuvette)

I'm asking the moderator to move this thread to the European watch section.

It should get more info there.

Tom
 

gmorse

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Re: Who made this watch:???:

Hi,

This looks like a Swiss cylinder movement of modest quality. You're very unlikely to discover who made it I'm afraid, as the Swiss manufacturing system at this level of product used a number of specialist "cottage" makers who supplied parts and assemblies to agents who then sold on to dealers; nothing was signed or marked, and many thousands of these were produced in the third and fourth quarters of the C19th. The regulator is marked "Fast" and "Slow" in English, (rather than its native French), which suggests that it was intended for an English-speaking market.

You may have some difficulty finding a repairer who is competent and willing to work on a cylinder movement, and the cost of restoration will almost certainly exceed the monetary value, but it is of course impossible to put a price on sentimental value.

Regards,

Graham
 

Jim Haney

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Re: Who made this watch:???:

MGBV8,
I have combined these 2 thread that you started on the same watch. Please do not do this as it caused confusion on the message board.

I see that Graham has answered your questions.

There maybe be small hallmarks stamped inside the case lid to help date it further.

Thanks
 
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