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Weekly News 12/2/18

12.02.18- 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.

The exact situation of a ship or any other object, point, or place upon our globe is known and may be marked upon the chart as soon as two things are ascertained. First, its distance from the equator or “latitude” and secondly its “longitude,” or distance east or west of a given meridian, which in the case of British ships, is always Greenwich.

The latitude is ascertained by observing of the height of a star above the horizon at the instance in which it reaches its meridian. This observation and necessary calculations are very simple and been known to and employed by navigators from almost from time immemorial. To find the longitude it is necessary to know with the greatest exactitude the time at the place
where the ship is situated and also the time at Greenwich.

· The Gentleman's Journal, (A Magazine of Literature, Information, and Amusement) Volume 1, Page 105, published 1870.

Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:

The word Latitude comes from late Middle English, derived from either the Latin word latitudo meaing ‘breadth’, or ’ from latus meaning ‘broad.’ Having Latitude can be construed as having a wide amount of freedom for action or thought, a broad basis for establishing a position.

In order for any entity to know where it is on the charts and to determine how to get to where it needs to go, it must first find its Latitude and its Longitude. The NAWCC is no different from any ship that has launched from its port and is now out on the open sea headed to its next destination.

Our community has been in operation for ¾ of a century. We just celebrated our 75th Anniversary this past July in Columbia and York, PA during our 2018 National Convention. The first chapter, establishing our litany of local communities of the NAWCC, the Philadelphia Chapter 1, celebrates its 75th year on Sunday afternoon, December 9, in Lansdale, PA at the Holiday Inn just off the PA Turnpike.

Seventy-five years ago we were launched from our Greenwich meridian by our early navigators plotting the journey for all horologists interested in connecting with each other through a “clearing-house” of horology. Here, like-minded and interested participants could share information and learn from each other, as well as discover new aspects, resources, and opportunities for starting, sustaining, or growing their avocation or vocation. The advocating, educating, and conserving of clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping and anything related thereto was our sailor song.

Ready to sail was a single vessel by which passengers could find markets for transacting the collection, preservation, understanding, building, repairing, restoring, trading, buying, and selling of horological artifacts, literature, ephemera, and other gear and time related paraphernalia. A forum was established where education, discourse, and discovery was made available on a wide-scale, open, and diverse manner to anyone who wanted to join, regardless of whether or not the individual was certified, properly trained, or a “professional.” It’s gangplank welcomed all passengers, rich or poor, educated or neophyte, connected or isolated, influential or insignificant, national or immigrant; all interested travelers were invited to board!

The word Latitude comes from late Middle English, derived from either the Latin word latitudo meaing ‘breadth’, or ’ from latus meaning ‘broad.’ Having Latitude can be construed as being able to exercise a wide amount of freedom for action or thought, a broad basis for establishing a position. It suggests the possibility of considering a panoply of options and ideas for formulating objectives and reaching goals. It encourages the enhancement of results by being open to new opportunities and novel approaches for achievement.

The word Longitude comes from late Middle English, derived from either the
Latin form longitudo, of from longus, both meaning ‘long,’ but can also denote length and tallness. The concept of Longitude can connote the notion of pursuing something off on the horizon, to remain on the deck for the long voyage, to commit resources and resolve to stay on course the farther and farther we sojourn.

The NAWCC is clear about its origins or the prime meridian from where we came. We are now underway to chart our course ahead and NOT astern. Going backwards, or setting anchor, will never be the right navigational approach to get us to where we need to be in our future. Storms will approach, tides will rise and fall, and seas and winds may get rough, but we can pull together to batten down the hatches, tighten the lines, and get in synch with the jibe, rather than resist or reject the team efforts, go below deck, or jump over board.

If we heel, are we all ready to shift our weight and position our postures to aid the crew in “bringing her about?” Are we comfortable when the conditions and the shoreline call us to modify direction or take a different tack? Are we ALL now tired of sailing metaphors:???:??

It is critical for the NAWCC to have the right appreciation for, and comprehension of, the NAWCC’s Latitude and Longitude, and employ approval, acceptance, and adoption of changes to our somewhat biased perceptions and paradigms. The NAWCC’s success is dependent on being open to a boarder and wider approach to what it will take to navigate our organization to more favorable seas and fairer shores (sorry, minor relapse).

We have to adapt and change to the varying economic conditions effecting all non-profit groups, societies, and institutions; cater to new demographic demands and dispositions of potential new member entrants; explore new ways of attraction and retention for outside audiences; pursue partnerships and collaboration with alternative but related entities; and continue to solicit and celebrate all the different, unique, and personal stories of TIME.


We welcome Brian Roy to the HQ Team. Brian joins us the new, User Experience & On-line Communications Manager, reporting to the Executive Director, me. Brian will oversee all on-line and website content and communications, with an end to create, design, and manage on-line website and marketing communications and content management on all platforms. He will lead and coordinate the social media, website, and online presence, as well as developing and implementing new website applications to meet the organization, members’, and third-party needs and expectations.

He will work closely with the NAWCC staff, volunteers, contractors, and committees to develop social media, online messaging, and brand programming consistent with the NAWCC’s mission and goals. He brings with him a Senior UX / UI Designer and Frontend Developer background, with 10 years of experience and a background in marketing and media production. He has a passion for creating user-centered products, and web design thinking, creating, and implementing. He was recently the lead Designer and supporting Frontend Developer for many of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s high-profile website projects.

Chapter Shout-outs
Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Lansdale Holiday Inn (1750 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, Pa. 19443) off of the Turnpike exit, Chapter 1, the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAWCC will celebrate its 75th anniversary. If you would like to join us in the celebration, advanced registration for the meeting (All participants must pay these entrance fees to the MART) NAWCC Member/ Spouse / Guest $18.00 per person can be mailed or emailed to Jeffrey Fox at 2 Pebble Drive Horsham, Pa. 19044 or to Jeffrey.W.Fox@gmail.com or call (215) 672-6947 (answering machines says “Ed’s Clock Repair”). Congratulations to all the Chapter 1 members and its Council Officers including President Ken Garrett, Vice Presidents Allen Richardson and George Morrison, Secretary/Treasurer Jeffrey Fox, and Past President Michael Allen.

NAWCC and its MEMBERS in the NEWS!

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum will host a reception and presentation for the exhibit opening of The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America. Authors of the newly released book “Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker” Frank L. Hohmann III and Donald L. Fennimore will be present and NAWCC member Mr. Hohmann, on behalf of the authors, will offer a survey of the Claggett clockmaking dynasty and their production of masterpiece clocks. The book, which inspired the exhibition, features three clock makers: William Claggett, and his apprentices, son Thomas Claggett, and son-in-law James Wady. The exhibit will highlight the works and life of William Claggett set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760. Featured items will include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printing Rhode Island currency, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House. NAWCC member Gary Sullivan, as curator of the exhibit, is busy preparing for the well promoted event. Thanks to Executive Director, Benedict Leca Ph.D., for opening the doors of the Redwood to this important horological exhibit and event.

Timely Reminders...
GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME: For the Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, any occasion! NAWCC’s first time, $52 membership makes a great seasonal gift or thoughtful end-of-year thank you to anyone. The First Time Membership can be given to someone who has never enjoyed membership in the NAWCC. It runs for a full year with hard copy publications and all the privileges and benefits of a regular membership. Call Membership at 717-684-8261 to order your gifts before the Christmas rush!

Thank you to our friends RT Custer and Vortic Watches for creating and offering this original, circa 1920 South Bend Watch Co. pocket watch movement Harley-Davidson logo wrist watch creation for auction to benefit the NAWCC Museum. We raised over $3,000 dollars and much press coverage and good will for both our concerns.

Given time and length challenges, I will re-print some items called “REWINDS” and leave some blank called “NEXT TIME”.
We are excited about promoting and establishing a new, NAWCC on-line, special interest chapter involving those who appreciate, collect, and want to exchange information on the fine and decorative art of cabinet/case/clock makers and their early communities that had close connections among them.

One example of the importance of this topic for horological interests can be found in a new book to be released in December by Jay Robert Stiefel, The Cabinetmaker’s Account: John Head’s Record of Craft & Commerce in Colonial Philadelphia, 1718–1753. John Head’s account book is one of the earliest and most complete records of a cabinetmaker’s work to have survived in either North America or Great Britain as well as the first related to production in Philadelphia, making it an invaluable archival survivor of historical significance.

The book is a concise overview of how Colonial Philadelphia artisans, including clockmakers, operated and a sketch of Eighteenth Century Philadelphia working practices. It also includes references to many of the early Philadelphia tall case clockmakers, including Peter Stretch, a regular client of Head. This book is a roadmap for discovering and identifying horological and other related objects connected to John Head’s shop.

Members of the NAWCC and their guests are cordially invited to the December 10th launch of Jay Stiefel’s The Cabinetmaker’s Account, at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. To RSVP or to pre-order books, please visit:

The Cabinetmaker's Account Book Launch | American Philosophical Society


For the 2019 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is joining its German counterpart, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie, in organizing a groundbreaking international conference on the history of German horology. Many of the crucial developments in clock and watchmaking occurred in Germany. Never before have these timekeepers and innovations been examined and described so comprehensively. Mark your calendars and pack your bags. One of our very kind and generous German members, Stefan Muser, has donated 20,000 euros for the UN-style translation technology to allow for simultaneous translations during all of the presentations. Donations towards the costs of holding this meeting are greatly welcomed!




Schools have been full scale removing analogue clocks from our children's and our 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!!!!!

Count-UP on the For All Time and Other Campaigns
Underway now is our Annual Appeal: Partners in Time which focuses on giving for today: gifts of cash and liquid assets meeting our financial needs today to keep the lights on, pay our bills, provide our events and programs, and keep our publications, education, museum, library, and archives available for the members and the public. Any extra way you contribute a donation made by becoming a contributing membership (Brass, Silver, Gold, Diamond, etc.) or paying an amount over and above your membership fee, also goes into running our daily motors in Columbia, PA.


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Safely enjoy the season and all the positive messages, encouraging sentiments, and enjoyable moments you can spend with friends and family.

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.

For past Sunday emails with images on the NAWCC.org Message Board.
go to:

*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:

Thomas Wilcox



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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.....

p: 717.684.8261 Ext.209
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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.


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