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This article defines the NAWCC Encyclopedia category structure as of August 2009.

The category structure may change and be refined at a later date.

All suggestions for new categories should be sent to the Encyclopedia Management Group.

New categories can be created, but their articles should include the category [category]Provisional[/category].


The category level numbers indicate the level of the category in the tree structure. They do not form part of the category name.

The level 0 category is Encyclopedia, the entire encyclopedia.

The categories are:
  • 1 All articles which explain how to use the encyclopedia.
  • 1 All articles on clocks. This main category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
    • 2 All articles on the basic mechanisms of mechanical clocks. Escapements are dealt with in the categories and . Complications, including striking trains, are dealt with in the category . This main category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 These categories are used for all historical and biographical articles on particular makers. Articles on several makers should be classified under . This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 These categories are used for all general articles on clocks from different regions. This main category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 Classification of clocks according to their function. This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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      • 3 Carriage clocks, etc.
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      • 3 Includes such types as School Clocks, Office Clocks, Engine Room Clocks, etc.
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  • 1 All articles on watches. This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
    • 2 All articles on the basic mechanisms of mechanical watches. Escapements are dealt with in the categories and . Complications are dealt with in the category . No distinction is drawn between pocket and wrist watches except in the category . This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 These categories are used for all historical and biographical articles on particular makers. Articles on several makers should be classified under . This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 These categories are used for all articles on watches from different regions. The main category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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      • 3 Such as pendant, brooch, form cases, etc.
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    • 2 Classification of watches according to their function in society. This category is a classification only and should not be used in articles.
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    • 2 Such as musical, automata, etc.
  • 1 Marine chronometers This category is a sub-category of . Marine chronometers are generally treated as a separate class of timekeeper. However, except for size and casing they have very strong affinities to watches, in particular employing the same types of trains and escapements.
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  • 1 Biographies of noted people. In general, biographies will appear under the appropriate clock or watch makers country heading. However they can (should?) also be listed in this category.
  • 1 Portraits of noted people.
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  • 1 All articles concerned with the NAWCC organization.
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