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December 7, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CELEBRITY FROM THE NORTH POLE WILL VISIT MUSEUM AGAIN!

COLUMBIA, PA:  His trademarks are the white beard, red suit, and big round belly, and he is making his third annual Christmas visit to the National Watch & Clock Museum.  The Columbia Lion’s Club is again joining the Museum in welcoming Santa in the Museum’s beautiful rotunda.

On Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to noon children are invited to visit with Santa Claus and share with him their holiday wishes. Parents are welcomed to bring cameras for picture taking and enjoy yuletide music and punch and cookies around the Christmas tree.

“I was always convinced, even as a child, that Santa was able to manipulate time somehow in order to deliver all of those Christmas gifts,” states Museum Director Noel Poirier. “It’s only natural that Santa would want to come to the only national museum dedicated to the story and technology of time and timekeeping.”

The Museum’s Family Timepiece Workshop will also be held during Santa’s visit. At 10 a.m. registered participants can use their creative ability to create a holiday theme clock using a compact disc as the dial. Cost is $10 for each person making a clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee.  Anyone bringing an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots may participate in the workshop for just $5! Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

 

 


December 6, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM ANNOUNCES WINTER HOURS

COLUMBIA, PA:  Winter hours at the National Watch and Clock Museum run through March 31. The Museum will be open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday.

Admission continues to be adults $8, seniors $7.00, and children $4.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  It is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit association with close to 19,000 members, representing 52 countries. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org.

 


November 1, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH WORLD-FAMOUS WATCH PRODUCER FOR MILLION DOLLAR FUNDRAISING PROJECT

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia recently partnered with the internationally-renowned Swiss company Gallet Watch Group to produce a special edition of one of the most famous watches ever made. A significant portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the National Watch & Clock Museum.

Named the Museum Edition Flight Officer, the watch is the 21st century edition of a classic timepiece. The new watch features a state-of-the-art movement that pushes the limits of what can be accomplished with mechanics. National Watch & Clock Museum Director Noel Poirier is excited about the project. “We joined the project because we realized this watch has great historical significance, and also because it represents to modern watch enthusiasts the need to preserve the history of timekeeping.

“Plus, it’s a beautiful watch,” Poirier says.

In 2008 the Museum presented an exhibit of Presidential Timepieces that featured President Harry S. Truman’s Gallet Flight Officer wristwatch. While conducting research for the exhibit, and fielding requests from media for information on the objects in the exhibit, Museum staff contacted Gallet to learn more about Truman’s watch. This seemingly routine process led to a unique partnership between Gallet Watch Group and the National Watch & Clock Museum.

“We were really interested in learning as much as we could about President Truman’s watch” states Poirier, “We didn’t anticipate or know of Gallet’s long history of support to museums like ours.”

The historic Gallet Flight Officer chronograph, first introduced for professional aviators and military pilots in 1938, has remained a favorite of both military and civilian flyers for decades. It was the world’s first wristwatch to combine time zone calculations with elapsed time recording capabilities. The watch was a well-known favorite of Truman, who recommended it as a requirement for pilots of the US Army Air forces during WWII. Truman wore a Gallet Flight Officer during his term as America’s 33rd president.

During the 72 years since the watch made its debut, Gallet has continuously upgraded the Flight Officer with the most advanced technology available to the timekeeping arts. The very pinnacle of this evolution is expressed in the new “Museum Edition Flight Officer,” considered by many in the watch industry to be the most accurate and highly developed mechanical pilot’s watch ever made.

Gallet has a long history of supporting the preservation of the history, art, and science of timekeeping. The company provided funds in 1899 to build the renowned Museum of Watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has maintained a 111 year tradition of supporting institutions that preserve the history and educate the public about the noble art of timekeeping.

Since first working with the National Watch & Clock Museum in 2008, Gallet has consistently supported the Museum’s exhibit schedule by providing financial assistance for other exhibits and projects. Gallet is raising the bar of its commitment to the Museum by providing this new, extraordinary timepiece in a limited edition as a direct benefit to the National Watch & Clock Museum.

The Watch

The Museum Edition Flight Officer, powered by the Gallet’s in-house manufactured MultiChron “Duo-force” calibre G330, is the world’s first self-winding split rattrapante chronograph to be powered by twin mainsprings. Besides the extended duration of 72 hours between winds, this unique synthesis of features insures the highest level of chronometer accuracy, regardless of whether the watch is only utilized for telling the time, or when one or both timers are activated.

As the ultimate pilot’s wristwatch, the Museum Edition Flight Officer is designed to provide the wearer with the ability to calculate the time across all 24 world time zones. The Museum Edition Flight Officer is also equipped with an extra large date feature and housed in a 42mm diameter case. It is water resistant to 100 meters or 328 feet, featuring a screw down winding crown and screw-lock activation pushers.

The Museum Edition Flight Officer is the ultimate auto racing watch as well as the ultimate pilots’ watch. The Museum Edition Flight Officer’s G330 movement was originally engineered by Gallet to power a new auto racing chronograph. This is why the watch is equipped with the rattrapante (split chronograph) feature. Besides its application as the ultimate pilot’s watch, the Museum Edition Flight Officer is an ultimate watch for auto racing, especially for long distance races that cross multiple time zones.

Each timepiece is painstakingly hand-assembled, inspected, and tested numerous times during assembly. Each Museum Edition Flight Officer requires weeks of assembly, as well as the time involved in certification by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).

The Museum Series consists of a total of only 1,050 examples, separated by case metal into five individual edition groups. The first, or No.1 watch, in each edition will remain within the collection of Gallet and the National Watch & Clock Museum. Available watches in each edition group will begin at number 2 and increase consecutively, based on the date of reservation, until all watches in each edition are sold. 

Every Museum Edition Flight Officer will be beautifully engraved on the case back with the National Watch & Clock Museum logo and the edition number. This edition number is also included on the accompanying official registration documents and Certificate of Authenticity.

Gallet

Gallet & Co. traces its watchmaking roots to 1466 when Humbertus Gallet began making clocks under his family name. In 1826 Julien Gallet officially registered the company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, with an emphasis on pocket watches. Since then, Gallet has gained the reputation as the “professional’s watch.” Various Gallet editions have been popular with people in the medical profession, nautical, aviation, race car driving, and other fields where critical timing is needed. During the 19th and early 20th century Gallet watches were popular among railroad workers, and it was a recommended timepiece at several railroad companies.

Gallet and Co. is credited with introducing the first wrist-worn watch made for mass distribution. In 1895 these "wristwatches" were introduced to the American consumer. However, the concept did not gain popularity due to public perception “as being too unusual for women and too feminine for men.”

All unsold examples were returned to Switzerland for disassembly. Wristwatches did not become popular until WWI when Allied Forces realized the innovation allowed soldiers to tell time in combat situations. Since then, Gallet has supplied many of the wristwatches worn by United States and Allied servicemen.

David Laurence, Gallet’s chief of operations and head of North American operations, says, “Gallet is ‘the real thing,’ not pretentious or frivolous in its design and features. We follow a strict adherence to the principle of form following function. The Museum Edition Flight Officer is understated, utilitarian, and incorporates the very best of what is needed for the professional user.

“Gallet watches are designed to professional standards. It’s the watch worn by professionals, and people who appreciate professionalism,” Laurence said.

“This watch is meant to fly across the skies or down the track,” Laurence says.



September 20, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHAPTER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR 2011 EXHIBIT - CLOCKWORKS!

COLUMBIA, PA: Look around you—on your desk, in your office, your grandchild’s playroom, perhaps even in the parking meter you placed a quarter in this morning—and you will find a device with a clockwork mechanism.  The National Watch & Clock Museum will present an exhibit in 2011 on the clockwork mechanism, which has greatly influenced the operation of everyday items.

Visitors to the Museum will discover through the Clockworks! Exhibit how many items are powered by the invention of the clockwork mechanism. Toys, music boxes, parking meters, automatons, and even bombs have incorporated a movement similar to the one found in the family grandfather clock.

We at the National Watch & Clock Museum, in our efforts to reinforce the relevancy of the study and preservation of horology, believe that this exhibit will educate and inspire our visitors to a greater appreciation of clockworks. We also hope to continue our successful efforts to engage families and children (our future members) to explore the significant role time and timekeeping play in our daily lives. Sponsorship monies will be pooled into one fund for the exhibit and sponsoring chapters will be recognized in the exhibit and online.

To cover the costs of acquiring the objects for the exhibit, creation of exhibit material, and display of those objects, we need your financial help. Loans of items are being arranged from the Strong National Museum of Play and the National Toy Train Museum. The exhibit will run from April 2011 through December 2011 and has already received the support of the Donegal Insurance Group.

Chapters that want to support the presentation of this exhibit may mail their contribution to Museum Director Noel Poirier, National Watch & Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512.



September 17, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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MAKE A CANDY CLOCK FOR HALLOWEEN!

COLUMBIA, PA:  Halloween means ghosts, witches, bats, and lots of candy.  Be on time for the Halloween characters at your door by creating a candy clock!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is hosting a Halloween Family Timepiece Workshop on Saturday, October 9, at 10 a.m.  Participants will create unique timepieces using a wooden base that will be painted and enhanced with candy numerals.  The finished working clock can be a fun accent for Halloween or an ideal gift for the young person on your holiday shopping list!

“A workshop like this one is another opportunity to encourage families to visit and see that our Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun, too - for all ages,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $10 for each clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Preregistration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. 

If you have some extra time on your hands, the Museum will also hold a Volunteer Open House on October 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers are integral to the National Watch & Clock Museum. These dedicated individuals provide much of the manpower needed for daily operations, programs, special projects, and events.  From event planning to education aides to exhibit construction to archival research, volunteers get involved at many levels depending on individual time and commitment availability. If you want to make a difference by volunteering, plan to come and learn more about the many opportunities at the Museum.



September 16, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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WINE & CHIMES

COLUMBIA, PA:  Sip on some wine and check out the chimes!  With the overwhelming success of last year, the National Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center is holding its second annual wine-tasting event, “Wine & Chimes,” on Friday, October 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will be highlighted by an evening of sampling fine local wines and mouthwatering foods from area restaurants, enjoying live music, and seeing all the Museum’s exhibits, including the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches collection, which opened to an eager crowd of Bond enthusiasts in June.

Seven area wineries/suppliers, including Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Inc., Tamanend Winery, Twin Brook Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, Waltz Winery, Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, and Steve’s Home Brew Supplies will offer samples of their finest wines.  And what’s wine without something tasty to go with it?!  These local restaurants and food shops will provide an array of delicious food to complement the wine: Loxley’s, Symposium, Bully’s, Dishes by Diane Catering, Wolfgang Chocolate, Flinchbaugh Orchards, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Golden Stories, The Flour Child Pastry & Bake Shop, Café Chocolate, and the Town Clock Cheese Shoppe. Also, for the designated drivers in attendance or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill will be providing plenty of nonalcoholic drinks.

Amy Ash and The Volcanoes will set the mood for the evening. The four-piece band will rock the Museum with their unique sound as they play a blend of rock, R & B, adult alternative, and soul. Amy enjoys bringing new life to old favorites.  Her love of sharing her heart through song has allowed her to be free and flexible in the choices she makes: singing for the love of music… and it shows in every song.

What can be done with all those empty wine bottles visitors will be polishing off that evening? Artist Gretchen Young knows well. Whether it is a funky wine bottle bowl, a sophisticated cheese tray, a cutting board, a belt buckle, or beautiful fused glass jewelry, Gigy's Glassworks recycles those bottles and creates unique kitchenware, housewares, and jewelry that can reflect your eco-friendly mind-set. All her creations will be available to purchase — a wonderful way to start holiday shopping.

With Halloween approaching, an investigation was recently led by the Central PA Paranormal Society to follow up on numerous reports of ghostlike activity in the Museum.  Visitors and staff have excitedly commented on the sighting of orbs, inexplicable voices and footsteps, and objects mysteriously falling to the floor! The Paranormal Society will be present at Wines & Chimes to speak to guests and show a DVD supporting its just-released findings.

In addition to the evening’s activities, media sponsors 101 The Rose and Smooth Jazz 92.7 will provide some additional music and offer fun giveaways throughout the evening.

Wine & Chimes is an event exclusively for those 21 and over. A limited number of tickets are available.  Tickets are $20 and $15 for designated drivers, with no discount to any ghosts in attendance.  Ticket price also includes a commemorative wine glass and Museum admission. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 211.

 


September 16, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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FREE ADMISSION AT CLOCK MUSEUM WITH MUSEUM DAY PASS

COLUMBIA, PA:  On Saturday, September 25, the National Watch and Clock Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine.  Museum Day is a day when admission to museums and cultural institutions nationwide is free to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors.  A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC, locations. Last year approximately 200,000 people from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico visited the 1,000 participating museums on Museum Day.

Visitors must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to the National Watch and Clock Museum and other participating institutions.  Download the Museum Day ticket and find listings and links to participating museums at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Each ticket provides museum access for two people, and one admission ticket per household is permitted.

“The National Watch & Clock Museum thought it was important for us to take part in the Museum Day event to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to explore and discover the Museum’s extensive nationally significant collection,” states Museum Director Noel Poirier.

With over 12,000 timepieces in its collection, the Museum currently has two special exhibits on display.  Grand Complications: Art of the Watchmaker features now makers of fine watches have combined the most advanced watchmaking techniques with artistic flair to produce these rare and unusual timepieces. Bond Watches, James Bond Watches brings together the models of watches worn by the character James Bond including the original Rolex Explorer and memorabilia used in print and on film.



September 14, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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A SPECIAL INVITATION TO HOME SCHOOLERS

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum has declared Tuesday, November 9, Home School Day. Families who homeschool are especially invited to spend time at the Museum and participate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following crafts and activities:

  • * Make a clock from a CD (really works) to take home
  • * Learn about sundials and make two types of sundials
  • * Go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum exhibits
  • * Practice telling time and make a paper clock to practice with at home
  • * See how the inside of a watch works and then design a paper wristwatch to wear

In addition to all the listed activities, Lee Davis, a York resident and member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, will be demonstrating reverse glass painting, a special art form which requires the artist to paint a design on one side of the glass while it will actually be viewed from the other. Glass Painting has long been practiced in the Orient and its greatest popularity in America was during the early 1800s when it was introduced into the design of clocks and some mirrors.

Registration for the Home School Day is required; cost per student is $8 and $6 for each adult.  There is no charge for children under 6 years of age.  Please contact the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information.

“Along with other events and workshops, the Museum enjoys planning a Home School Day each year because it’s another opportunity for  families to see that the Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun too – for all ages,” stated Director of Education, Katie Knaub.


 


September 14, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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TIME TO VOLUNTEER

COLUMBIA, PA:  Do you have some extra time on your hands? Come to “the center of time” on Saturday October 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the National Watch & Clock Museum where an open house will be held for anyone interested in volunteer opportunities at the Museum.

Volunteers are integral to the National Watch & Clock Museum. These dedicated individuals provide much of the manpower needed for daily operations, programs, special projects, and events.  From event planning to education aides to exhibit construction, to archival research, volunteers get involved at various levels that fit the individuals’ time and commitment availability. If you want to make a difference by volunteering,  plan to come and learn more about these and many other opportunities at the Museum.

Interested individuals may tour the galleries and learn about the benefits of being a volunteer at the National Watch & Clock Museum. No reservations are required for the open house. If you want to volunteer but are unable to attend, please call the volunteer coordinator at (717) 684-8261, ext. 237 to request an application. The application is also available on the Museum’s website at www.museumoftime.org.

 


August 31, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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A FEW OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FIRST AND ONLY ISA APPROVED CLOCK APPRAISAL COURSE!

COLUMBIA, PA:  The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) have initiated a joint program to streamline the process for appraisal accreditation in the specialty area of clocks. ISA members wishing to advance from the member level to the accredited level must demonstrate their chosen specialty field through an approved course of study, or via an independent thesis project. The ISA offers approved courses as part of the process, but no clock course. This new partnership enables approval for graduates of the NAWCC Clock Appraisal Course.

Graduates of the NAWCC Clock Appraisal Course may also attend the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies. Upon completion (and if all other requirements are met) graduates of both courses will be assigned to the accredited level. The combination of an enhanced understanding of timepieces and appraisal methodology will insure that appraisals done for clocks meet the highest standards within the industry.

The ISA Core Course covers appraisal objectives, intended uses, market identification and analysis, research methods and skills, ethics, professional conduct, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and a detailed presentation of report formats and checklists. Information is available at the web site www.isa-appraisers.org.

The NAWCC clock course, developed and taught by Joe Cohen, FNAWCC*, includes an overview of the evolution of clock types and appropriate terminology, and establishes criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants learn clock examination techniques, what to photograph on a clock, and research tools and methods. They also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course also includes a day on appraisal report writing and an overview of USPAP requirements, methodology, and practices.  USPAP training and testing will be explained.

The cost for the full 5-1/2-day program is $1,000; the 4-1/2-day-day program is $900. Both registrations include course books and handout material. The NAWCC Museum, Library, and School of Horology will be available to participants.   All class participants need a laptop computer during this course; rentals are available.

The next class is November 15 - 20, 2010, at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA.  Please note that class size is limited, so be sure to register early.  This is an intense course and will require evening reading, use of the NAWCC Library, and research assignments.   For further information and to register, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext 237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


August 31, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO HOME SCHOOLERS

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum has declared Tuesday, November 9, Home School Day. Families who homeschool are especially invited to spend time at the Museum and participate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following crafts and activities:

  1. Make a clock from a CD (really works) to take home
  2. Learn about sundials and make two types of sundials
  3. Go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum exhibits
  4. Practice telling time and make a paper clock to practice with at home
  5. See how the inside of a watch works and then design a paper wristwatch to wear

In addition to all the listed activities, Lee Davis, a York resident and member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, will be demonstrating reverse glass painting, a special art form which requires the artist to paint a design on one side of the glass while it will actually be viewed from the other. Glass Painting has long been practiced in the Orient and its greatest popularity in America was during the early 1800s when it was introduced into the design of clocks and some mirrors.

Registration for the Home School Day is required; cost per student is $8 and $6 for each adult.  There is no charge for children under 6 years of age.  Please contact the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information.

“Along with other events and workshops, the Museum enjoys planning a Home School Day each year because it’s another opportunity for  families to see that the Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun too – for all ages,” stated Director of Education, Katie Knaub.



August 23, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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ALL SEIKO UK JAMES BOND WATCH MODELS TO BE SHOWN TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME ANYWHERE!

COLUMBIA, PA: On September 10, the National Watch & Clock Museum will unveil for the first time a complete collection of all eight James Bond wristwatch models provided by Seiko UK.

These have been exclusively identified for the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit by Mark Mills, FBHI, former technical support manager (now retired) with Seiko UK. Mills was point-of-contact with Eon Productions from 1977 through 1985, during its formal product placement partnership with the watchmaker.

Dell Deaton of JamesBondWatches.com and guest curator for Bond Watches, James Bond Watches was given unprecedented access to documentation and Mark Mills’ personal recollections with the support of Seiko Watch Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to Deaton’s initiative here, no one had ever conducted original research with the supplier to definitively identify model numbers, correct case references, and exact configurations for timekeepers worn in the 007 films.

“This is an incredible find for collectors and passionate James Bond fans who are really committed to getting watches that are bullet-proof-consistent with what they see in the movies,” notes Deaton.

“I think they’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the incredible range of options this gives them for looking, across technologies and price ranges. As you walk through our exhibit, you’ll see that the LCD models that most readily come to mind when thinking ‘James Bond and Seiko’ are only the beginning.

“When Roger Moore carried the License to Kill, his Walther PPK was accompanied by some of the toughest diving watches by any performance standard — then or now. For example, he wore the world’s first quartz chronograph: model SPR007 in a 7A28-7020 stainless steel case.”

“Forget the guesswork.  Now you know.”

Museum Director, Noel Poirier adds: “Displays such as this truly illustrate the importance of our function as a museum. When you can actually see these wristwatches in relation to one another, all of which are properly timed and running, by the way, it provides a historical perspective that can’t be fully appreciated in photographs or video.

The Seiko UK-Bond period, spanning from the mid-1970s and into the 1980s, was transformative in wristwatch development. Quartz movements were about to change an industry and threatened to completely wipe out Swiss brands.

“Our James Bond Watches display cases put that in context,” Deaton adds. “We show a bit of the struggles in making these revolutionary watches work, reveal some of the design directions that were tried en route to what we may see as the ‘obvious answers’ of today.”

Even more broadly to the mission of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC), of which the Museum is a part, is the firsthand research here.

Noel Poirier recalls, “Long before the exhibit itself opened, I was getting calls and emails that passionately indicated we should hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in what we were showing, what we were saying about each piece. This is another tangible example of how we’ve delivered on that.”

“We pride ourselves on being a resource to our members and the media on a broad range of timekeeping information: These watches — among the many other brands represented in Bond Watches — certainly reflect our dedication to obtaining information that satisfies the highest standards for detail and scrutiny.”

“The Museum is deeply grateful to Mark Mills, Seiko UK, and the offices of Seiko Watch Corporation in Japan for their encouragement for this project,” Poirier concludes. “I know that Dell has a great deal of respect for Seiko as a James Bond watch brand, and I’m sure that that respect was no small part of why the company chose first and so far only to work with him in nailing down these IDs.”

“We unveiled the exhibit to our members on June 17, before opening it to the public the following day, with seven of the eight Seiko UK watches tied to 007; we also started displaying from that point forward the paperwork that Mr. Mills produced for Dell.”

On September 10, 2010, Bond Watches, James Bond Watches will add a Seiko duo-display diver to complete that series. This is a model SPW001 diving watch, rated to 150 meters, in case number H558-5000 and on its original, screen-correct strap. Roger Moore wore a similar timekeeper in his last film as Agent 007, A View to a Kill, Eon Productions, 1985.

Co-sponsors of the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit include Watchmakers International, which is exclusively responsible for bringing in the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorer 1016 to the entire run of this year-long exhibit, and Revolution magazine, “the technical guide to luxury watches.” See www.watchmakers.com and http://revo-online.com for more information.



August 11, 2010
Contact Name: Markus Harris - Communications Dept.
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4Sale$NAWCC OPENS TO THE PUBLIC!

Our new online home for auctions, trading, and classifieds is now officially open to the general public. That means buyers who are not NAWCC members may register here to browse and buy (but not to sell-- only card-carrying NAWCC members are allowed to sell items via this site). We consider this an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the extremely high quality of horological merchandise being traded and sold among our membership, and a great way to make some of that bounty available to public collectors. Remember, however, that all who use this site are expected to act in strict accordance with our NAWCC Member Code of Ethical Conduct. With our new Paypal-based automatic billing features as well as the money-transfer protocols in place on the new site, we hope to become just as convenient as other online auction services (and hopefully a lot less expensive). Both members and non-members are encouraged to shop around, exchange the horological wealth and knowledge, and just generally share the fruits of the wonderful hobby we all love so well.

Visit the new auction website here: http://4sale.nawcc.org.


August 6, 2010

Contact Name: Katie Knaub - Director of Education
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CLOCKWORK EXAMPLES SOUGHT FOR 2011 SPECIAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT

The National Watch and Clock Museum is preparing for a new special exhibit Clockworks and is seeking objects for loan. Objects being sought are examples of early clockwork toys, music boxes, mechanical banks, and automatons. The exhibit will demonstrate that the principles that drive clocks have many other applications. Clockworks have been used for centuries to drive a variety of things, including complicated clocks, toys, music boxes, and automatons. Through the presentation of objects from fanciful and fun toys to the clockwork bomb fuse, museum visitors will gain a greater appreciation of the pervasiveness of clockwork mechanisms throughout society. This exhibit will demonstrate the many uses, both practical and whimsical, for the clockwork mechanism.

The exhibit is scheduled to open in Mid-April 2011 (with loaned items needed by March 1, 2011) and an end date of December 31, 2011 (with a return of loaned items no later than January 30, 2012). Those interested in lending objects for the exhibit can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 717-684-8261 ext.236 or 237.

 


August 1, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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ANNOUNCING THE JAMES BOND ENTHUSIASTS WEEKEND: SEPTEMBER 2010

COLUMBIA, PA: Ever thought of what it would be like to live a night in the alluring world of James Bond? Are you up to the challenge of testing your knowledge of 007 film and book trivia in competition against some of the most passionate aficionados anywhere?

Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 10 through 11 when a special James Bond Enthusiasts Weekend will be held in Columbia, PA, at the National Watch and Clock Museum. Here's an advanced look at the Top Secret dossier of events:

Friday - September 10, 2010

Bond-themed Casino Night (black tie optional) 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Trailers of many of the popular James Bond movies will be running throughout the evening!

Saturday - September 11, 2010

Bond Watches, James Bond Watches Exhibit Tours / Q&A 10:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Jeopardy-style game show, 007 style (advanced sign-up required) 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Discussion of Ian Fleming's James Bond Books 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Bond Watches, James Bond Watches Exhibit Tours / Q&A 3:00 p.m.

The Drinks of James Bond (black tie optional) 5:00-6:00 p.m.

James Bond Film Screening: For Your Eyes Only 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Those who attend on Friday and Saturday are encouraged to dress as their favorite James Bond character, whether it is one of the glamorous Bond girls, infamous villain, henchman, or Agent 007 himself. Anonymous judges will decide on the best dressed character. Those 21 and over are invited to attend on Friday night and guests of all ages are encouraged to attend Saturday's activities with the exception of the "The Drinks of James Bond" which is reserved for those 21 and older. The kickoff Casino Night will include classic casino games such as Poker, Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette.

Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the highest chip count at the Casino Night, character clothing, and the winner of Bond Jeopardy. In addition, at the Casino Night, area businesses are donating door prizes including overnight stays, golf packages, dinner gift certificates and more!

The James Bond Enthusiasts Weekend is being held to complement the first-of-its-kind Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit at the National Watch & Clock Museum. This display includes the widest selection of 007-related watch models ever collected, representing all brands in the Eon Productions movies and officially licensed timepieces. Highlighting the exhibit is the only known Rolex owned and worn by Bond creator Ian Fleming - believed to be his reference for the original, literary James Bond wristwatch.

"We chose For Your Eyes Only as the Bond film to cap off this weekend because of how well it brings together so many aspects of what the Museum has accomplished here," notes Dell Deaton, of JamesBondWatches.com and Bond Watches exhibit guest curator. "The plot draws heavily on vintage Fleming story elements. It proved the Eon Productions film franchise under the solo lead of Cubby Broccoli would continue to thrive into its third decade.

"It also features two fine examples from among the Bond watches supplied as product placements by Seiko U.K. Consumer models of each will be on display and discussed as part of the guided exhibit tours we're providing as part of the James Bond Enthusiasts Weekend."

Tickets for Friday's Casino Night, including game chips, appetizers, desserts, an alcoholic drink, and access to the evening's cash bar are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Saturday's daylong activities may be enjoyed for just $20. Those who wish to purchase a combination ticket for both days may do so for a total of $50. To order tickets visit http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/museumlibrary or call 717-684-8261, ext. 234.

Cosponsors of the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit include Watchmakers International, which is exclusively responsible for bringing in the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorer 1016 for the entire run of this year-long exhibit, and Revolution magazine, "the technical guide to luxury watches." See www.watchmakers.com and www.horomundi.com for more information.

Dell Deaton is guest curator of this Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibition and author-creator of the JamesBondWatches.com website. He is a member of both the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors and American Marketing Association and is an internationally recognized expert on Ian Fleming and James Bond horology.

 

 


July 9, 2010

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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WOODEN GEAR CLOCK REPAIR WORKSHOP

COLUMBIA, PA:  The deadline to sign up for a special workshop is quickly approaching!    The two-day workshop, “Wooden Gear Clock Repair,” taught by Phil Gregory, is scheduled August 14-15.

All early American production clocks were made with wooden gears from 1806 until 1831.  Some wooden clock movement production continued until 1847.  The techniques taught of cleaning, rebushing, verge adjustment and pivot and tooth repair will enable students to properly repair these unique clocks. Data to identify the factory location that made the Terry no. 5 woodworks movement and all materials and supplies are provided.  Students may borrow a clock movement from the instructor if they do not have one.

This two-day workshop will be held at the NAWCC School of Horology and will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with two 15-minute breaks and one hour for lunch. The NAWCC member fee for the workshop is $190 with an additional lab fee of $40. Deadline to register for this workshop is July 26. For further details and to register, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The School of Horology is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research.  Class size is strictly limited to ensure students receive the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.


June 22, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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THIS MESSAGE WILL SELF-DESTRUCT IN…

COLUMBIA, PA:  Young future secret agents searching for training and adventure should come to the Secret Agent Training Camp at the National Watch and Clock Museum held along with Bond Watches…James Bond Watches, the newest special exhibit at the Museum. The program is packed full of hands-on secret agent training activities. The experience starts with finding fingerprints and deciphering hidden messages. Then it's on to the disguise portion of the training, where trainees work on trying to create a look to blend in with the crowd.

Next, trainees’ memory and code-breaking skills willed be tested. The pressure is on as the clock ticks away.  And speaking of clocks, trainees will learn how to quickly assemble a clock with just a few household items that any secret agent could find!

Finally, trainees will put all their skills to the test, to solve a mystery in the Museum. Each successful trainee will receive a secret agent certificate at the end of the program for passing the training.

“This is a fun program for kids to participate in, and we are really excited to be able to offer it this summer in conjunction with our special exhibit on Bond watches,” states Director of Education Katie Knaub.

The Secret Agent Training Camp is designed for children entering grades 1-6. The program is offered on Tuesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Thursday, July 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. However, a discount is offered for more than one child from the same household. Advanced registration is required by calling the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


June 11, 2010
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NAWCC SCHOOL OF HOROLOGY OFFERS ONE-OF-A-KIND HAIRSPRING COURSE

COLUMBIA, PA: The watch and clock repair and restoration programs at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ School of Horology graduated their first independent class on advanced hairspring repair on May 28, 2010.  Designed for watchmakers and clockmakers who wish to bring their expertise to a higher level, the workshop’s focus is on the repair and manipulation of damaged and misaligned hairsprings.

This workshop is available only at the NAWCC’s School of Horology and is taught by Sam Sherman, a 17-year veteran of Rolex Watch USA and second-year instructor at the School of Horology.  Sherman admits he loves to see “the light bulb go off as students find understanding and begin to show confidence in their craftsmanship.” Sam also enjoys helping students develop their strengths and amend any weaknesses or gaps in knowledge and experience.

The new course, held from May 24 to 28 2010, recently debuted to rave reviews by students.  Student feedback made it clear that attendees found the class extremely valuable and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in making a difference in their skill. Students were also keen to express their opinion that the caliber of instruction and the tools available at the facility were top-notch. Hairsprings have always been a source of trouble in watch and clock repair and have filled many with apprehension. This workshop provides the opportunity to learn everything that is needed to handle this difficult part of the timepiece.  Sherman demonstrated repairs in the round, flat, stacked and bends at the collet. Repairs of Breguet over coils, Breguet bends in the body of the spring, and of crinkled Collins curves were also demonstrated. Repairs were taught in the watch as well as out of the watch for speedy repairs.

The class helped create and build confidence in dealing with hairsprings in general for watchmakers and platform balances for the clockmakers, as John Rives of Worcester, MA and William Lockyer of Fiddletown CA stated, “This workshop takes the mystery out of the heart of the timepiece!”

There has long been a “fear” of hairsprings with new students as well as veteran tradesman of the watchmaking and clockmaking arts. NAWCC recognized the need for this was unfulfilled and asked Sam Sherman to develop the workshop to meet that need.  Sherman seems utterly fearless and encourages his students to take heart: “Ever since I was a child I’ve had the innate ability to make sense of chaos,” he explains candidly. “Now I get to apply this ability and dispel the fear that seems to encompass hairsprings.” One of Sherman’s favorite quotes, “Mistakes are stepping stones on which we advance to the future with enthusiasm” by Winston Churchill, encourages him to tell the students, “Make your mistakes now so that we can join together and create a better understanding of the hairspring.” 

Future classes will be held in September 2010 and March 2011. Information on all the professional courses and workshops offered by the NAWCC School of Horology can be found at www.horology.edu. For further details and to register for this workshop, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

The School of Horology is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research.  Class size is strictly limited to ensure students receive the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.

 


June 2, 2010
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All workshops will be held Thursday, June 17, from 8-9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Smith Building next to the Toyota Center at the York Expo Center.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there are still a few openings!

NATIONAL CONVENTION OFFERS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

COLUMBIA, PA:  With the 65th NAWCC National Convention coming to York, PA June 16 -20 educational opportunities abound, but only for those who take time to register!

Six all-day workshops will be offered Thursday, June 17 including:

  • Picture Frame Gold Leafing
  • Reverse Glass Painting
  • Statue Painting
  • Introduction to Hand Engraving
  • Introduction to the Pocket Watch
  • Basic Clock Case Repair

The workshops are designed so that those who have a chapter or committee meeting can take off for an hour and still complete the workshop. There are still openings and information including times and locations can be found in the February MART or by visiting www.nawcc.org.  Contact may also be made with Phil Gregory, at 972-717-4021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes are limited to 9-12 students, so register soon!

 

 


June 1, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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SECRET AGENT 007 TIME AT WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA:  For more than half a century, James Bond has relied on his wristwatch for everything from tracking enemies to demonstrating his “sheer magnetism” in romance.  Now James Bond fans can travel to the “center of time” to marvel at the watches Agent 007 wore.

The National Watch & Clock Museum will open the first-of-its-kind exhibit Bond Watches, James Bond Watches on Friday, June 18.  This largest collection of Agent 007-related watch models represents all brands in the Eon Productions movies and officially licensed timepieces.  Bond creator Ian Fleming’s only known Rolex will be highlighted. His watch was the inspiration for the Rolex watch Bond wears in the novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

“It is the first time since Ian Fleming was alive that his Rolex 1016 Explorer and the original manuscript in which he described it for the first time in detail as the personal wristwatch of James Bond will be together,” says Dell Deaton, guest curator.

James Bond memorabilia will include several original manuscripts, papers, and Fleming’s copies of the Bond books.  These items appear by special arrangement with Indiana University’s Lilly Library.  Movie posters, props, and print advertisements of James Bond watches also will be featured with the many timepieces.

Co-sponsors of the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit include Watchmakers International, which is exclusively responsible for bringing in the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorer 1016 for the entire run of this yearlong exhibit, and Revolution magazine, “the technical guide to luxury watches.”  See www.watchmakers.com and www.horomundi.com for more information.

Dell Deaton is guest curator of this Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibition and author-creator of www.jamesbondwatches.com.   He is a member of both the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors and the American Marketing Association, and an internationally recognized expert on Ian Fleming and James Bond horology.

This special exhibit runs through April 30, 2011, and is included with Museum admission.

 


May 28, 2010
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PA EXEMPTS MEMBER-ONLY SALES FROM SALES TAX!

Update for National Convention Tableholders

65th Annual NAWCC National Convention

York, PA, June 16-20, 2010


HARRISBURG, PA: In a ruling issued May 25, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue agreed to treat member-only sales at the National Convention as "isolated sales" (similar to yard sales and garage sales). This means that tableholders from out of state, or Pennsylvania tableholders who do not have ongoing sales within the state, can be exempt from collecting sales tax.

If you are a tableholder for the Convention in York and have not mailed in the sales tax form to the state, you do NOT need to do so. If you did mail in the form, once you receive a license from the state, you can inform them that you did not have any taxable sales and ask them to close the account.

If you have not yet registered for the National Convention in York, you have only a few days left to register at the pre-registration rate. You can register online and pay by credit card. Also hotel registrations can be made online at the special negotiated rates.

The Web address for Convention information is:

http://nawcc.org/index.php/component/content/article/504.

Thanks! Hope to see you there!


 


May 21, 2010
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HOPS ’N’ CLOCKS

COLUMBIA, PA:  Sip on some hops and check out the clocks! The National Watch and Clock Museum is holding its annual beer-tasting event, Hops ’n’ Clocks, on Friday, July 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Come sample local brews and fine food from the area, enjoy live music, and admire a beer-inspired sculpture created just for this event!

Participating breweries include Appalachian Brewing Company, Union Barrel Works, Lancaster Brewing Company, Pabst Blue Ribbon (Kirchner Inc.), Mr. Steve’s Homebrews, Smirnoff (Lancaster Beverage), and Little’s Beverage Distributor. And what’s beer without something to go with it?! Providing tasty samples to complement the beer will be local caterers, including Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Golden Stories, Bully’s, Trio Bar and Grill, Shank’s Tavern, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, and Chef Tim Foods.

The special freestanding bronze and glass artwork, a collaborative work by Friedly Fine Art and Through the Fire Glass Studio, is an incredible eight to ten feet tall! Ben Ahlgrim and Jeremy Friedly, studio owners, who have worked with several master glass artists to develop their unique glassworks. Their work can be seen at the Lancaster Convention Center, area art shows, local art galleries, and at their studio by appointment.

During the evening raise your glasses to the live music of the energetic Irish duo of Fire in the Glen with a rollicking selection of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, and the Canadian Maritimes, including blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs, and soulful airs and touching ballads … and some unusual twists as well! The duo features Jason Mundok on guitar and vocals and Tom Knapp on fiddle, bodhran, and backing vocals.

A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers.  The ticket price includes beer tasting, food sampling, a commemorative glass, Museum admission, live music, and even a chance to win a door prize! Proceeds benefit the National Watch & Clock Museum, Library & Research Center.

Additional information can be found on the event website http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/special-events/hops-n-clocks- or facebook page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=322964831138.   To order tickets visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 237.

Media sponsors for Hops ’n’ Clocks 2010 include 101 the Rose and Smooth Jazz 92.7.

 



May 12, 2010
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AN AMAZING BANQUET

COLUMBIA, PA:  Food – music – prizes – awards and a touch of magic!  They’re all part of the banquet at the 65th NAWCC National Convention on Friday, June 18, at the York Expo Center in York, PA.

The banquet will be held in the White Rose Room of the Altland House facility, a short distance from the Toyota Arena.  In the social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with complimentary drinks enjoy reuniting with “old” faces and meeting new ones. After dinner NAWCC leadership will speak and present awards to contest winners.

Attendees will thoroughly enjoy the Spotlight Singers from York Little Theatre who have performed for events ranging in size from an intimate dinner party in a private home to thousands at a baseball game in York County’s Sovereign Stadium.  Whether it’s ballads or Broadway, crooners or country, solos, duets, or full ensemble numbers, the Spotlight Singers have a unique blend of voices that delight audiences wherever they go!

Of course you can’t visit York and Lancaster counties without some Pennsylvania Dutch!  Amazing Amos, the only Amish magician in the country, will provide a humorous look at the Amish culture. Amazing Amos is more than just an illusion. With his Dutch accent, traditional black suit, straw hat, and work boots, the bearded magic man takes everyone on a magical, down-home journey that may even surpass a Lancaster County barn raising! 

In addition to the good food, fellowship, and entertainment, you might take home a prize. The grand prize for this year’s National convention is a precision regulator by Bernie Tekippe, valued at $3,500! Also, one lucky person from each table will win a large custom-etched bowl from Susquehanna Glass filled with goodies from Central Pennsylvania.

Preregistration for the evening is just $35 and is due by May 30. Payment and registration may be made either online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to Anita Bikowitz, 828 Covell Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI  49504. For additional information, contact Convention Chair, Lee Davis at (717) 757-7267.

 

 


April 30, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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YOU’RE INVITED – RSVP BY MONDAY, MAY 3

COLUMBIA, PA:  Chris Bailey, curator of the American Clock & Watch Museum, will be retiring in several months. Chris has been involved with the American Clock & Watch Museum for over thirty years. Many of you know Chris through his numerous books and articles on clocks and watches in America. He also wrote the histories of the clock companies that appear in Tran Duy Ly's guide books.

The American Clock & Watch Museum is honoring Chris at a farewell luncheon on Saturday, May 8. As incoming president of the American Clock & Watch Museum Board, John Smayda invites members of the NAWCC to attend. “There are few people left in our trade who have dedicated their lives to clocks and clockmaking, and it is only fitting that we give each of them the honor and respect they deserve,” stated Smayda.

The American Clock & Watch Museum is extending this invitation to ANY & ALL NAWCC members who would like to attend the reception held in honor of Chris Bailey's retirement. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a brief annual meeting. Speakers and presentations celebrating Chris's long career at the Museum begin at 11:30, followed by lunch, which is free. The Museum does need a head count by May 3, so if you are planning to attend, please call Jill Godbout at the Museum at 860-583-6070 ASAP. The Museum staff encourages as many as can come to join them in giving Chris the best ever retirement sendoff!!

If you would like more information, please contact John Smayda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . He will be able to give you more specific details and ways in which you may honor Chris for his years of service to the NAWCC and the American Clock & Watch Museum.

 

 


April 30, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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A GIFT OF TIME!

COLUMBIA, PA:  For Mother’s Day, perfume, dinner out, and flowers are all very popular gift ideas.  But how about a gift of time, which EVERY mother needs!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is holding a Mother’s Day Family Timepiece Workshop on Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.  Family members are invited to choose from a wide array of beads to create a special wristwatch for the lady who has done so much for her family.  Mothers are also certainly welcome to attend and personally create their own timepiece.  Either way, the creation will be a gift used and enjoyed for many years to come.

“A workshop like this one is another opportunity the Museum has to encourage families to visit and show that the Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun too - for all ages,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $15 for each wristwatch, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Preregistration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. 

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with 19,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org.



April 20, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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NATIONAL CONVENTION OFFERS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

COLUMBIA, PA:  With the 65th NAWCC National Convention coming to York, PA, June 16-20 educational opportunities abound, but only for those who take time to register!

Six all-day workshops will be offered Thursday, June 17, including:

Picture Frame Gold Leafing                                                               
Reverse Glass Painting
Statue Painting
Introduction to Hand Engraving
Introduction to the Pocket Watch
Basic Clock Case Repair

The workshops are designed for those who may have a chapter or committee meeting to take off for an hour and still complete the workshop. There are still openings, and information about times and locations can be found in the February MART or by visiting www.nawcc.org.  Also contact Phil Gregory, at 972-717-4021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes are limited to 9-12 students, so register soon!

Field Suitcase workshop courses include:

F101 Introduction to Basic Time & Strike…The American Kitchen Clock – June 13-16
F301 Basic Pocket Watch – June 13-16
F501The Repair and Replacement of an American Strip Recoil Escapement – June 15,16
F502 Jaeger LeCoultre Atoms Clock Repair – June 15,16

Deadline to register for the Field Suitcase Workshop courses is Friday, May 7.  Additional information can be found on page 20 of the April MART or by going to www.nawcc.org.  Those interested may also contact Pam Tischler at 972-612-0712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


April 16, 2010
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CLOCK & WATCH SCHOOL GRADUATES HAVE TIME ON THEIR SIDE


COLUMBIA, PA:  The watch and clock repair and restoration programs have expanded at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ School of Horology and new applicants are now being accepted for programs starting in June.  Fifteen recent graduates can attest to their own success in learning extremely marketable skills for an industry seeking skilled craftspeople.

The School’s mission is to preserve established techniques and knowledge of the art of clock and watchmaking, repair and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research. Some of the students come to the School after high school; others looking for a career change find that the field of horology offers a wide variety of opportunities. After graduating, students find employment in many venues; some choose apprenticeship in the School’s Watch and Clock Repair Service Center, some start careers in repair shops or jewelry stores, many realize the dream of beginning their own business.

There is a dire need for watch and clock repair technicians in the United States, as many older technicians retire. Few schools today provide instruction in clockmaking, especially in vintage repair and restoration.  The NAWCC’s School of Horology prepares students for positions with high-end companies in need of watchmakers who understand luxury mechanical watches. Students choose to concentrate in watch or clock restoration, or both. The School trains students for small business ownership and procedures involved in work in established repair shops and stores.

The School of Horology is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).  The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research.  Class size is strictly limited to ensure students receive the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.

 

 


April 7, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

COLUMBIA, PA:  The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is pleased to announce its partnership with First Financial USA that allows participating businesses that accept credit cards to direct a portion of their merchant fees directly to a nonprofit organization of their choice, such as the NAWCC. For Association members this is a win-win opportunity!

“We are extremely excited by the prospect of being able to reduce expenses for businesses that support the Association while increasing revenue for the Association and Museum,” stated NAWCC Executive Director Steve Humphrey. Humphrey also explained that First Financial has reduced the expenses of the NAWCC while increasing its revenue, which allows more funds for collections and educational programs.

Vice-President of Sales for First Financial USA, Chuck Fowler, said he is delighted to contribute on a monthly basis to the world’s largest organization devoted to timekeeping and timepieces. Fowler added that currently First Financial USA contributes to over 250 nonprofit organizations nationwide.  His goal is to increase that number to 1,000 by the end of 2010.

First Financial USA is one of the largest merchant processing companies in the United States.  They have been offering the GiveBack program for nine years.  To get more information or to participate in the program, contact First Financial representative, Jay Barry, at (717) 314-0628 or visit http://ffusa.com/agent/jb.html.

 

 

 


 

April 7, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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MUSEUM FEATURES WATCH EXHIBIT COMBINING SCIENCE AND ART

COLUMBIA, PA:  There’s more to that watch on your wrist than meets the eye!  From the outside all that you may see is an attractive timepiece with hands telling you what time it is and perhaps the date.  But what goes on inside is so much more complicated, as can be seen through the National Watch & Clock Museum’s newest exhibit, Grand Complications:  Art of the Watchmaker, opening April 23. 

The term grand complications is generally defined as any watch with three or more complications, including a chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, or any other added feature. This special Museum exhibit features how makers of fine watches have combined the most advanced watchmaking techniques with artistic flair to produce these rare and unusual timepieces.

“The art and design of wristwatches has a language all its own. It’s a language that very few people outside the watchmaking industry, collecting aficionados, and horological scholars understand. The National Watch & Clock Museum’s Grand Complications exhibit will, through the presentation of a wide range of watches from the earliest pocket watches to modern wristwatches, translate this language for our Museum visitors. Visitors will discover not only the lingo of watchmaking but also the skill of the watchmaker in both the technical creation of watches and the design of how to present time to the wearer,” explains Noel Poirier, Museum director.

The exhibit traces the development of the watch from early pocket watches to the modern, fashion wristwatch. The work of many early masters of watchmaking will be on display, including pocket watches by Abraham-Louis Breguet and Thomas Tompion and wristwatches by makers like Gallet, Omega, and Ulysse Nardin. The highlight of the exhibit will be the exhibition of Roger Smith’s “No. 2” pocket watch, a one-of-kind creation by one of the world’s foremost modern, independent watchmakers. The Grand Complications exhibit is included with Museum admission and will continue through December 2010.  Financial support has been provided by Gallet Group.

 

 


April 1, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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DUE TO DEMANDS – THE SCHOOL EXPANDS

COLUMBIA, PA:  They always have a lot of time on their hands and they’re learning what to do with it. “They” are the students in the Watch and Clock programs at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ (NAWCC) School of Horology.

There is a dire need for watch and clock repair technicians in the United States, as many earlier trained technicians retire. Few schools today provide instruction in clockmaking, especially in vintage repair and restoration.  The NAWCC’s School of Horology prepares students for positions with high-end companies in need of watchmakers who understand luxury mechanical watches and trains students for small business ownership or to work in repair shops and jewelry stores.

Since its opening in 1995, the School has expanded its programs numerous times; but one-to-one instruction is still provided so that students can master the specialized skills.  Current expansions include:

The Commonwealth Department of Education’s State Board of Private Licensed Schools has approved an expanded yearlong program for both Watch and Clock repair and a two-year program for the combined Watch and Clock repair program.

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) granted the School renewal of its accreditation through November 2014.

NAWCC Board of Directors recently voted to increase enrollment in the Watch and Clock programs from 28 to 40 students, which required renovation of the School to accommodate these additional students. 

A Watch and Clock Repair Service Center with an apprenticeship-style program continues, allowing the School’s graduates to hone their skills, learn specialized methods, and gain “real-world” experience.  Since its opening last year, the Center has repaired many timepieces owned by members of the community and watch and clock businesses.

The faculty has expanded with the arrival of John Nagle, a clock instructor who is returning after having taught at the School several years ago.  His addition to the School allows for continued expert instruction as the programs expand.

“In just a short time, over 115 inquiries have come in to the School with only 28 spots available in the Watch and Clock programs.  With the shortage of professionals in the field, and such demand for schooling, an increase in available enrollment in the programs has become crucial.  With fewer schools offering these programs, the faculty is excited to have the opportunity to prepare an increased number of students for entry into this rewarding field,” commented the School of Horology Director, Jim Michaels.

 


March 5, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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FIRST AND ONLY ISA APPROVED CLOCK APPRAISAL COURSE!

COLUMBIA, PA:  The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) have initiated a joint program to streamline the process for appraisal accreditation in the specialty area of clocks. ISA members wishing to advance from the member level to the accredited level must demonstrate their chosen specialty field through an approved course of study, or via an independent thesis project. The ISA offers approved courses as part of the process, but no clock course. This new partnership enables approval for graduates of the NAWCC Clock Appraisal Course.

Graduates of the NAWCC Clock Appraisal Course may also attend the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies. Upon completion (and if all other requirements are met) graduates of both courses will be assigned to the accredited level. The combination of an enhanced understanding of timepieces and appraisal methodology will insure that appraisals done for clocks meet the highest standards within the industry.

The ISA Core Course is a seven-day course held at Northern Illinois University in Naperville (Chicago). It covers appraisal objectives, intended uses, market identification and analysis, research methods and skills, ethics, professional conduct, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and a detailed presentation of report formats and checklists. The next class will be May 24-30. Registration is available at the web site www.isa-appraisers.org.

The NAWCC clock course, developed and taught by Joe Cohen, FNAWCC*, includes an overview of the evolution of clock types and appropriate terminology, and establishes criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants learn clock examination techniques, what to photograph on a clock, and research tools and methods. They also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course also includes a day on the need for and an overview of USPAP requirements, training and testing, and methodology, practices, and report writing. This section will include an appraisal training guest speaker.

The cost for the full six-day program is $1,000; the four-day clock examination for appraisers is $900. Both registrations include all necessary course books and handout material. The NAWCC Museum, Library, and School of Horology will be available to participants.   All class participants need a laptop computer during this course; rentals are available.

The next class is April 13-17th, 2010, at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA.  Please note that class size is limited, so be sure to register early.  This is an intense course and will require evening reading, use of the NAWCC Library, and research assignments.   For further information and to register, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 


March 1, 2010
Contact Name: Markus Harris - Communications Dept.
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NAWCC LIBRARY DIGITAL VIDEO ARCHIVE

COLUMBIA, PA: A new online, members-only, digital-video archive is now available at www.nawcc.org.

Approximately 50 titles are currently in the archive, with many more to come.

A Flash-format video viewer, similar to the YouTube viewer displays this content. All titles are also available by mail through the NAWCC Lending Library.

To access videos, log on to nawcc.org using your NAWCC member ID and password. Once logged in, proceed to the Library Section of the website and select Resources ---> Digital Video Archive from the left menu.

Thank you to the NAWCC Library staff for their support, to NAWCC member Greg Davis for transferring hundreds of hours of library video into digital format; and to the members of the Program Committee for overseeing the process.

 


February 22, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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TEDDY BEAR TIME

COLUMBIA, PA:  With the arrival of spring comes spring-cleaning, the planting of flowers, and best of all - picnics! The National Watch and Clock Museum is ready for spring and has planned a picnic to which everyone is invited.

The Museum is holding a “Teddy Bear Picnic” Family Timepiece Workshop on Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. Participants are invited to bring  their teddy bears and after enjoying a teddy bear snack, create a clock to take home. The wooden clock is in the shape of a teddy bear with the face of the clock in the bear’s tummy! After painting and decorating the framework, a clock is inserted and batteries are installed. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch that can be shared with their teddy bears after the creation of their clocks.

“The Museum enjoys welcoming all members of the family and would never discourage a teddy bear’s visit. After all, they deserve to learn how to tell time too! That’s why we have this special event being held in their honor,” stated Marketing spokesperson, Kim Craven.

Cost is $10 for each clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee.  Preregistration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237.

 


February 16, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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IAN FLEMING’S ORIGINAL ROLEX TO BE SPONSORED BY WATCHMAKERS INTERNATIONAL FOR JAMES BOND EXHIBIT


COLUMBIA, PA:  For over 50 years, James Bond fans have had the need to know what watch Agent 007 wears. Fans fantasize:  They are James Bond when wearing his watch.

Vintage Rolex watches — similar to the Sean Connery Submariner in Dr. No, the George Lazenby pre-Daytona chronograph in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the Rolex Explorer worn by the literary Bond and author Ian Fleming — can be restored today to their original performance standards.

Bob Ridley of Watchmakers International gives a new lease on life to even the oldest (and most desirable) James Bond Rolex models, including those originally worn in the earliest Eon Productions films. Watchmakers International has also signed on as exclusive sponsor for display of Ian Fleming’s personal Rolex 1016 Explorer throughout the upcoming National Watch & Clock Museum exhibit, “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches,” June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011.

“These watches were meant to be worn,” says Ridley.  “My team makes that possible.”

This is particularly important to Bond watch owners.  “When I approached Bob with my own 1016 Explorer, my hope was that he could take it to a point where I could wear it on special occasions without a lot of worry,” recalls Dell Deaton, guest curator of the James Bond Watches exhibit.  “Bob said he could bring it back to a standard where I could wear it every day, the way it was designed to be worn.”

“If you think about the 6538 Submariner that fans associate with the movie Goldfinger,” Ridley adds, “these Rolex watches are increasingly hard to find in any condition.  Proper functional restoration often begins by addressing neglect, water damage, and quite frequently the need to back-out previous misdirected repair issues.  With that, we almost always have to source Rolex parts or fabricate corrections based on a watch that even the most experienced Rolex researchers haven’t seen more than a handful of times in an entire career.

“By focusing only on the Rolex brand, we’ve developed that necessary familiarity.  We’ve also earned a respectable interface with Rolex technical support departments, with which we exchange information.”

At the same time, Watchmakers International brings a true collector’s eye to restorations — balancing desired performance against a commitment to retain investment value.  “The dial on my 1016 Explorer is cracking,” Dell Deaton notes.  “But replacement and even refinishing are out of the question:  My Rolex is just like what Ian Fleming saw on his wrist when he wrote that ‘Bond glanced at his watch’ in the final pages of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  That’s what I will still want to see after any work on it is done.”

“I gave Dell a number of proprietary options we’ve come up with for arresting the deterioration without any visual change to aesthetics,” Bob Ridley explains.  “These are things we have done for Watchmakers International clients that we’ve served for many, many years; the proof of longevity is reconfirmed upon intake inspection each time one of these watches comes back now for routine maintenance.”

“The addition of Bob Ridley, personally, and Watchmakers International, as a sponsor, raises an already high bar on what we expect this exhibit to deliver,” says Noel Poirier, director of the National Watch & Clock Museum.  “As an international association and repository for horology, our Museum and this exhibit can both show a great range of Bond-affiliated wristwatches, and then go beyond that to provide a great depth of understanding about how many of them functioned then and now, their design evolution paths, and, in particular to the Ian Fleming Rolex 1016 Explorer and related pieces, what their present condition tells them about their service to wearers as timekeepers.

“Watchmakers International is the ideal sponsor for the Ian Fleming Rolex as part of our ‘Bond Watches, James Bond Watches’ exhibit.  We’re truly honored to have them be a part of this.”

Watchmakers International is the exclusive sponsor for bringing the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorerer 1016 to the entire run of this year-long exhibit.  With over 30 years experience in fine wristwatch work, certified horologist Bob Ridley offers a unique balance of technical skill, resources, and an understanding of value-aesthetics to the sole of his business:  Vintage Rolex restoration.  See www.watchmakers.com for more information.

Dell Deaton is guest curator of this “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibition and author-creator of www.jamesbondwatches.com.  He is a member of both the National Watch & Clock Association and American Marketing Association, and an internationally recognized expert on Ian Fleming and James Bond horology.

“Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” will be unveiled at the NAWCC Annual Convention on June 17, 2010, and runs June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011, in Columbia, PA.

 


February 2, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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ADVANCED HAIRSPRING REPAIR COURSE

COLUMBIA, PA:  The NAWCC School of Horology will offer, “Advanced Hairspring Repair for the Watch Industry” May 24 -28.  This course will focus on the repair and manipulation of damaged and misaligned hairsprings, as follows:

Triage for cost-effective repairs
Round & Flat
Repairs in the watch
Repairs with balance complete
Repairs off the balance
Repair at collet in and out of the watch
Repair of Collins curve along with Z-Bend (crinkled hairsprings)
Repair of Breguet overcoil
Spiral helix or stacked
Tangles

Required tools and items include:

Two pair of #3C tweezers
One pair of #5 tweezers
One pair of #2 tweezers

Optional tool:

A hairspring holder Bergeon part  #30105

Book:  Bench Practices for Watch and Clockmakers by Henry B. Fried

The cost for this 5-day course is $699 with an additional $100 lab fee. To register for this course, contact Katie Knaub, the Director of Education at 717-684-8261, ext. 237, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


January 19, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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WHAT’S THAT OLD CLOCK WORTH?

COLUMBIA, PA:  Whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, with “lots of time on your hands,” there’s now a clock course to help you identify and discover the history and value of your treasured timepieces.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors has responded to the vital need for trained horological consultants in the appraisal field by offering a second in-depth 40-hour Clock Appraisal Course on April 12-17 at NAWCC headquarters, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA. Students will be will introduced to the identification of clock types, key characteristics, and components; the role of construction and materials in the proper identification of clocks; basic understanding of clock conservation, restoration, refinishing, and repairs; and subsequent impact on value.

Course content includes an overview of the evolution of clock types, appropriate terminology, and criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis.  Participants will learn clock examination techniques, what to photograph on a clock, and research tools and methods.   They will also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.

This course also includes a one day focus on appraisal report writing and an overview of USPAP requirements, methodology, and practices.  USPAP training and testing will be explained to non-appraisers.

This course was held last October and was attended by members of all three major Appraisal Associations.  The class proximity to the national campus of the NAWCC, gives students the unique opportunity to use the world-class National Watch and Clock Museum, take a tour of the horological conservation department at the Museum, and receive an introduction to the NAWCC School of Horology.  During the course, students had ready access to the most comprehensive Horological Research Library in the world.  Rare and unique historical records, research materials, and actual examples of collectible clocks of all types were near at hand and available to the instructor and students.

Students from the class commented:

  • •    “It was great and definitely met my expectations!”
  • •    “I’d definitely recommend this course to others!”
  • •    “I found the course to be a golden opportunity!”
  • •    “This course is one-of-a-kind.  If you want to appraise clocks, you’ve got to take this course!”

Joe Cohen, instructor and Star Fellow of the NAWCC explains, “When appraisers asked me 15 years ago whether such a clock course existed, I developed an 8-week course which has been an unqualified success locally, but it did not fulfill the greater need nationally. Now with the support of the NAWCC, this 24-hour course has been revamped to a five- and-a-half-day appraiser course, which is more convenient for working appraisers and is the only such program offered across the country.  Three of the main appraisers’ associations have unanimously agreed that such a course is long overdue and definitely needed, and with this course I am greatly looking forward to fulfilling that need!”

The cost for the full five-and-a-half-day registration is $1,000; the four-and-a-half-day clock examination portion for appraisers is $900. Both registrations include all necessary course books and handout material. The NAWCC Museum, Library, and School of Horology will be available to participants.   All class participants will need to have a laptop computer and a digital camera for use during this course. Rentals can be provided for laptops, but digital cameras cannot be provided.

Please note that class size is limited to 10, so be sure to register early.  This is an intense course and will require evening reading, use of the NAWCC Library, and research assignments.   For further information and to register, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


January 11, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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TIGERS, TAE KWON DO, AND TANGRAMS - ALL AT THE WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM!

COLUMBIA, PA:  It’s the Year of the Tiger! The National Watch and Clock Museum will be the place to find them on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year, with family activities including:

  • Racing dragon boat puppets
  • Tangram puzzles
  • Wish upon the wishing tree
  • Discover the animal sign for the year you were born
  • Chinese yo-yos!
  • AND, of course, look for the hidden tigers to bring good luck!

In addition to all these fun ongoing activities, the following are planned:

  • 10:30 a.m.  Japanese tea demonstration
  • 11:30 a.m.  Tae kwon do demonstration – U.S.A. Martial Arts and Fitness Studio from Columbia
  • 12:15 p.m.  Chinese folk dances – Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute of Harrisburg
  • 1:00 p.m.    Chinese Flower Arranging
  • 2:00 p.m.     Japanese Tea Demo

Also come to see demonstrations of Chinese paper folding and learn about Eastern timekeeping methods such as incense clocks and water clocks.

“In planning our programming, we decided to once again include a celebration of the Chinese New Year, because it was so successful when we held this event last year ago.  It’s fascinating for visitors to see how different cultures developed their own calendars and ways of keeping time through the years.  Even though through time many technological changes have taken place, there is always a curiosity to learn how timekeeping got its start,” commented Katie Knaub, director of education.

The Chinese New Year Celebration is being held in conjunction with the special exhibit, A Sense of Time, which runs through April 30.  Financial support has been provided by a generous donation from the Donegal Insurance Company and an NAWCC private donor.

The Chinese New Year celebration is included with Museum admission.  For additional information, call Katie Knaub, the Director of Education at 717-684-8261, ext. 237.

 


January 4, 2010
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
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BULLETINS NOW ONLINE!

COLUMBIA, PA: Just a few years ago, placing the Bulletin archives online seemed like wishful thinking, but thanks to months of effort, a high speed scanner, and open source content management software--donated by generous benefactors to support this project--this wish has come true.

Members may now use a Single Sign On (SSO) username and password to access the Bulletin archives on nawcc.org, the NAWCC community site, and also individual account information.

To use the Bulletin archive users should go to Publications--> NAWCC Bulletin--> then Past Issues. Member Login (in the upper right corner of the NAWCC website) is necessary before accessing the Past Issues page.

After nearly a decade of planning and developing the resources to complete this project, our Members now have 67 years of scholarship, observation, and historical documentation about timekeeping immediately accessible via the Bulletin archives!

Everything came together last year when the National Watch & Clock Museum accepted the donation of a Canon High Speed Document Scanner to be used for the scanning of finding aids, loose documents, etc. intended to be made available to members and users through the NAWCC's website.

Canon's Image Filing Systems division donated the scanner along with installation and training (approx. $10,000 in product and services) through one of their vendors in the Columbia, PA, area. This fantastic contribution, and the digitization of the complete BULLETIN archives, represents the first step in a long range goal of digitizing and providing access to as much of the museum and library's paper records as possible.

Special thanks to Canon USA and IMR Digital (their local vendor) for their incredible generosity, and to our dedicated corps of volunteers who made this possible.

 

 

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