• 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.

Will only chime for 3 days

Martin Pritchard

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I have an edwardian wall clock, when it is wound up it will run for 8 days but after 3 days it won't chime and needs to be rewound. The spring look clean and not rusted via the holes, when I wind it I can only do about 3 turns until it seems fully wound.
Would it be an idea to run the drum down and then rewind it, open to any suggestions!

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Your clock is HAC based on the crossed arrows. The mainsprings in the clock may have been left wound for too long that they have stayed fixed in that position. It could also mean the clock is dirty. Is the striking slow?
 

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It was originally but has got better with sometimes the odd slow strike
It means the mainspring is weak. It can also mean there is something obstructing the clock from striking at a normal speed (gunk or dust).
 

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If you can only turn the key three times to wind it, something is not allowing the spring to fully expand. When the strike stops, if you pull the manual strike string, will it begin to strike?
 

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If it functions when you pull the string, then I would think it’s not the spring, but something in the strike assembly that’s locking up. Why it does after three days will take some investigative work. Setting the movement up outside the case would be my first step.
 

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Ok. If you can get a picture sometime, we can assist further unless somebody knows right away what’s going on.
I took some photos of it today, it seems pretty clean with little wear, since I took it off I wound the drum fully down, just in case the spring had gone sticky or stiff

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Do you know the year this movement was last cleaned, meaning full disassembly? I think I see some black residue in the pivot oil sinks in your original photo. If I am correct, it is a sign that the oil is contaminated with dirt, and the movement needs cleaning. The strike issue might resolve itself after being cleaned.
 

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I am afraid not, it was purchased last November in a clearence shop, we gave it a bit of oil and it went! Thanks
 

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If the shop didn’t say or know when it was last cleaned, it needs it. Add to that the beginnings of malfunction all point in the same direction.
 

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I agree yours looks like 8 days, which allowed the clock to be wound on a weekly basis to prevent either train running completely down before the other.
 

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If you could watch the levers as the clock strikes and catch what's happening when it does stop, we might be able to isolate the issue. But chances are that the movement needs a complete service.
 
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