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Weekly News 10/6/18

10.06.18- You are receiving this email as a courtesy of the author, or as a member and friend of the NAWCC. You can also view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC website under the Message Board. Also access former emails. SEE BELOW for more details.
“Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Good Morning to our many friends and comrades in horology:

What does “wise in time” look like for us? Taking advantage of a great opportunity that presents itself? Acting intentionally within the opportune moment? Being quick and decisive? St. Paul, in his letter to his friends in Ephesus writes: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Wisdom requires wise decisions and actions while we have the chance to act, in the midst of evil times.

While we could debate about evil in the world, and the what, who, and why of it, nevertheless this discussion’s focus should be on what we face in challenges for the NAWCC community. The future of horology and the appreciation for time faces some serious hurtles along the way to sustainability. Collecting has become less and less a priority for the next generation, thereby resulting in the softening of prices for clocks. Schools have removed analogue hands and dial clocks from the classrooms and have ceased from instructing our youth in the use of clocks and how to tell time from such timepieces. Cell phones and personal devices replace the wristwatch and clock as the modern “tellers of time.”

That’s enough evil for me! But what wisdom should we apply in this “evil” environment? How should we act wisely and redeem what we may? There is TIME to apply wisdom so that the NAWCC is around for a long, long, time.

The NAWCC presents incredible value in who we are and what we have to offer. We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping. We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the study of time. Our bottom line is that we build strong and growing communities that share the stories of Time.

Exhibited in our collections, cataloged in our Library, found within our archives, clustered among our chapters, indexed in our publications, and embedded within our membership is a wealth of information, knowledge, expertise, insight, acumen, character, hospitality, talents, and resources that the NAWCC can use to perpetuate and propel our value and attraction to the rest of the world. Our benefits and attraction to a new member population, as well as to supporting businesses and appreciative donors, are diverse and numerous.

Wrapped around that portfolio of programs, products, and services are the individuals stories of time that captivate and inspire the interests, passions, and imaginations of all societies. Common to our global human experience is the appreciation and connection to a good story, whether entertaining, moving, gripping, informing, educating, or motivating.

Our energies are devoted to education, communicating, and promoting horology in whatever fashion or manner we can. We commit to apply our wisdom by timely means to take advantage of the opportunities that come and go in the blink of an eye. We must Act Boldly and Creatively on the roads chosen to reach our goals. We will Dedicate ourselves to Excellence in accomplishing our successes, with the knowledge that we must be Funded to carry out our building for a stronger tomorrow, today.


Last week we were remiss in not recognizing that the second image of James Arthur (left) came to us, courtesy of the Maude Arthur Brown Family Archive".

NAWCC Community
By now you have most likely received a letter in the mail from our Chair, Rich Newman, asking for your support in the Annual Appeal: Partners In Time. It seems like if it is not an appeal to give to the For All Time Campaign, then the NAWCC is asking for money in the Annual Ask! The NAWCC is a 501 (c) (3) charity. This is a very important distinction.

This IRS designation given to the NAWCC recognizes our status as an organization dedicated to educational pursuits with the nonprofit intent to serve the public interest, not to increase revenues from unrelated activities. Our funding does not come from governmental coffers, unless we have applied for specified grant monies with certain strings attached. We are severely limited in how we can raise money to keep our lights on. We have to be bothersome and ask for financial support on a continual basis. Not one of our favorite things to do, however it is a necessary “evil.” We appreciate your accommodating these appeals and generously giving to support your NAWCC. But why the For All Time Endowment Campaign AND the Annual Appeal you may ask? We need both!

We need some forms of giving to keep our motors running. We need other forms to make sure our tank is full for the long trip down the long and winding road into the future. It is investing in the present and investing in the future: for Today and for Tomorrow.

The Annual Appeal: Giving for Today: Your kind gifts of cash and liquid assets goes towards our needs today to keep the lights on, pay our bills, provide our events and programs, and keep our publications, education, museum, library, and archives open and available for the members and the public. Any extra way you contribute a donation made by either becoming a contributing membership (Brass, Silver, Gold, Diamond, etc.) or paying an amount over and above your membership fee, also goes into running our motors in Columbia, PA.

The For All Time and other Endowment Campaigns: Giving for Tomorrow: Endowments are for those who want to look into the future and asking “How are we going to survive and be strong and successful in an uncertain future? Estate planning and giving to an endowment answers that question. When you make out a will, you are telling someone in the future to give to someone or somewhere all your things you left behind after you left this earth. If you don’t, the government will step in and make those decisions on your deceased behalf. Be wise now to have a wise plan and discussion with your estate planner or attorney. If you want to include in that discussion the desire to support and contribute to the NAWCC’s strong future, then all the better.

What is an Endowment? An endowment can be explained by using an apple orchard as its metaphor. An apple orchard has its start in being planted. You plan out how and where to start it. You take seeds and plant them in the ground. You take your time to carefully plant the seeds with enough room not to crowd out the other seedlings. You nourish, water, cultivate, and tend to the young plants. Years down the road, after much tending to the plants, they begin to grow, mature, and begin producing fruit. The fruit becomes ripe, is then picked and harvested, and eventually used as valuable food or produce to sell.
The trees still stand strong and ready to produce harvest after harvest of apples, given the right continual attention and nourishment. The apples are the interest payments from the endowment fund and the trees are the strongly managed endowment fund money, originally funded by donations of actual gifts or writing your intentions in a will, or other estate document, to give to the NAWCC.

Given time and length challenges, I will re-print some items called “REWINDS” and leave some blank called “NEXT TIME”.


Time Zones around the Globe
The village of Barrow-Upon-Humber in northern Lincolnshire, England, has recently decided to erect a statue of John Harrison in the town’s central marketplace. This is entirely appropriate as Barrow is the town Harrison lived in for the first half of his life. It is where he first heard about the Longitude Board prize of 20 thousand pounds (approximately 2 million today), and where he built his first sea-going clock (HI), testing it on the Humber River a short distance from home.

Most of you know that Harrison solved the problem of longitude, a story well told in Dava Sobel's book Longitude. This story of time has many twists and turns, but Harrison’s invention of the world's first marine chronometer, H4, a reliable seagoing watch, saved hundreds of ships from misadventure, and thus thousands of lives of seamen and passengers. All of his marine timekeepers (H1, H2, H3 and H4) are on exhibit at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, all still functioning.

Now, nearly 250 years after his death, Barrow has formed a committee to erect a statue of history's greatest clock-make and its most illustrious resident. They have commissioned a nationally known sculptor, Marcus Cornish, who has nearly finished a clay model that will provide the cast for a life-sized bronze statue. Harrison is seen in his working clothes, cradling H4 as he winds it, while standing astride a section of the globe.

They are at the three-quarter mark of the 60,000 pounds needed to complete the project, raising money by a series of community events, the publication of a book, generous support of various levels of government, as well as individual contributions by ordinary citizens and well-known figures like the actor Jeremy Irons, Dava Sobel and Martin Rees (the current astronomer royal). For more information, visit the Better Barrow website (www.betterbarrow.org), and click on the “Harrison” tab.

Watch this….

Phillips Auction House Removes Steve McQueen Rolex Mariner from Schedule
In June 2018, Phillips auction house in conjunction with Bacs and Russo announced it would be auctioning a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 given to stuntman Loren James by actor Steve McQueen.

Phillips recently released a statement on Instagram regarding the removal of the timepiece in the fall 2018 auctions that reads as follows:
“After careful consideration, Phillips has decided not to offer at auction the Rolex Submariner watch given by actor Steve McQueen to his friend and former stuntman Loren Janes. We planned to offer the watch in good faith following extensive research by us and the larger watch community into the Submariner’s provenance.

Since our initial announcement, however, the estate of Steve McQueen has disputed the watch’s provenance. While new information arose regarding the timing of McQueen’s gift and whether he wore the watch, we remain confident Steve McQueen gave the watch to Loren Janes based on further evidence and testimonials from people close to Steve McQueen and Loren Janes.

Despite numerous attempts to engage in discussions with the McQueen family making clear that Phillips was committed to offering the watch with the corrected information, the family remains unsupportive of the sale. Phillips hoped the sale of this watch would celebrate the lives of two great men, but without the McQueen family’s support we are unable to proceed.”

Clocks in the News: de Fossard Solar Time Clock
Pictured above is the world famous de Fossard Solar Time Clock, with over 750 hand made parts and taking more than 5000 man hours to produce, created by the horological team of George and Cornelia de Fossard It is a truly unique and one-off piece, the first mechanical clock in the world which can be adjusted for longitude and latitude.

This standing mechanical clock can indicate, when adjusted for the correct longitude and latitude, the current moon phase, the position of the sun and the time of sunrise and sunset. George was inspired in his creation by famous horologists George Daniels, Thomas Mudge, and John Harrison.

George and Cornelia now run a business together based in Southwick, Wiltshire specializing in the design and manufacture of fine quality handmade clocks. From their extensively equipped workshops, George and Cornelia design, make and finish each movement and case to the highest standards of craftsmanship and refinement. They recently were in attendance at the 2018 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Syuposium, where they both presented to the audience on their joint creation of the de Fossard Solar Time Clock.

Checking in at Columbia
On November 8th, we will launch Whiskey & Watches, an evening event during which we treat attendees to lessons in spirits, mixology, and rolling Dominican Republic cigars while expert watchmakers show and explain the intricacies of distinguished watch movements.

There will also be an auction featuring a Vortic Watch Co. one-of-a-kind wristwatch created from a 1920s South Bend Indiana Watch Co. pocket watch movement with a Harley-Davidson logo. R.T. Custer of Vortic partnered with Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Harley’s HOG Magazine, and the popular watch culture magazine Revolution to promote this fundraising auction in support of Vortic’s favorite cause: the NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum. We are honored. The funds generated will further help us share the stories of time in new and innovative ways for the public to enjoy and appreciate.

The watch is now on display at the Museum. To learn more about the watch,

go to https://vorticwatches.com/pages/harley-davidson-piece. To learn more about the NAWCC and receive auction updates, follow the NAWCC auction store:


Chapter Shout-outs:
Schools have been full scale removing analogue clocks from our children's and our children's children's classrooms, further destroying any interaction or even familiarity of our young population with the hands and faces of time pieces. With no understanding of what an analogue clock or watch is, does, looks like, or knowing how to "use it", (i.e. tell time) analogue time pieces will become useless and irrelevant to our future society.

If we are to further perpetuate our passion, hobby, community, education, science, business, interest, knowledge, and technological advancement in horology, we MUST take action now and "Bring Back the Hands of Time!"

As school starts up again, we will be discussing an idea of a campaign for all chapters to participate. It would involve each chapter getting connected with a local school to donate a clock or clocks with hands and a face to a classroom or classrooms and the class adopt the clock and give it a name. Chapter volunteers could then work with the classes and "bring back the hands of time" to school children to teach them how to read clocks, like all of us had when we went to school.

We need help in putting together a curriculum and a user-friendly program that all Chapters can use uniformly, including how to sell this idea to your local schools, contacting and engaging the press and other local media outlets, getting FBI and other "work with children" clearances, and reaching out to nonmembers in the community that should be as concerned, if not more concerned, with this disastrous turn-of-events for the education, or lack thereof, for children telling time and knowing what a clock is!

Look for further announcements and details on a proposed, nation-wide (and possibly world-wide) chapter campaign to right a wrong and stop the tide on the further erosion of our culture's and society's appreciation, understanding, and need for gear working, face showing, hands moving clocks and watches!!!!!


Moments from the NAWCC History Book
Timely Reminders...
Hamilton Project Updates
Count-UP on the For All Time Campaign
Member/Museum Mysteries
Out and About
Member Memories

Have a week full of exploration!

We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the stories of time.

We share the stories of TIME…

You can now view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC website under the Message Board. This new area for Executive Director postings will also allow for communicating NAWCC specific updates, timely notices, and messages to the membership on the Message Board and opening a little more space for horological informative and educational matters on the Sunday morning posts.

We are also posting past posts with images on this Message Board “new” area.

For current posting, please go to: https://mb.nawcc.org/wiki/Weekly-News-4-1-2018

For past postings: https://mb.nawcc.org/wiki/Official-NAWCC-News

*As a helpful reminder, please remember that sometimes these photos need to be downloaded by right clicking in the left or right top corner of the photo, where there is an "x" or by right clicking to open the scroll list and look for "download pictures" to click on. With AOL accounts, it seems that hitting the "REPLY" button downloads the images. That may help in revealing the pictures. For our overseas friends, you might try double-clicking the picture, as a link has attempted to be attached to the image.

I am back on Facebook, so look for photos and videos posted there as well:




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All the best of TIME to you.....
Tom Wilcox, Esq. - Executive Director
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors,Inc.
We share the stories of TIME.....

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