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Welcome to the NAWCC Newsroom. Below you will find all current year news releases.

Please visit the Newsroom Archives to view other years:  201320122011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 


February 12, 2014

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.

 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: What happens after the National Watch and Clock Museum locks its doors each night? Does the mouse run up the clock, does the grandfather clock begin to talk, or does time really fly?


It’s easy to take the watches and clocks in your home or office for granted. With a quick glance, there’s the time telling you whether it’s time to head to work, get lunch, pick up the kids, or go to bed.

The Museum, located in Columbia, is truly the center of time and is home to close to 12,000 watches and clocks. Why not bring your family and go on an exploration of time?! After a stroll through the Museum’s time tunnel, you will find yourself transported to the time of Stonehenge and water clocks, where timekeeping first got its start. From there, you begin your journey through time where thousands of years later (or an hour and a half in museum time) your family will stand speechless before the Mars Clock wondering, “Where did the time go?”

The Family Overnight is a unique opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to spend the night at the Museum and enjoy activities including decorating a clock to take home, munching on a snack, and exploring the many Museum’s exhibits. March 28 is the next sleepover. Cost is $20 for children and $12 for adults, with payment due prior to the sleepover. The adult chaperone must be at least 21 years old and is required for every five children participating.

Admission includes:
• Scavenger hunt activity through the Museum
• Museum exploration
• Make-a-clock program for children
• Snack and light breakfast
• Souvenir patch for children

Register by March 24 for the Family Overnight by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space and receive an information packet. Space in this program is limited to 80 participants.

 

 


January 28, 2014

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.

 

TIME TRAVELERS SPEAKEASY BASH

COLUMBIA, PA: Step into our time machine and turn back the clocks to the 1920’s this Daylight Saving Time weekend! The National Watch and Clock Museum is “Puttin on the Ritz” with a time travelers dance called the Speakeasy Bash!
 
Come join in the fun on Saturday, March 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. as the Museum roars back to the 1920’s. Kick up your heels on the dance floor with the 10- piece Roaring 20’s Jazz Orchestra and a rotunda full of fedoras and flappers. Period cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will ensure a fun and nostalgic time travel event!
 
“We are excited to go back in time this night and celebrate a period in time that is unique in American history as we mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time – which is something we have to observe here at a place that is all about time,” shares Education Director Katie Knaub.
 
Roaring 20’s attire is definitely encouraged! Tickets include the live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar and are $20 per person or $30 for a couple. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 234.
 

January 23, 2014
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.

 

FOR VISITORS’ EYES ONLY
A JAMES BOND WATCH EXHIBIT: A 50-YEAR HISTORY THROUGH 2014

COLUMBIA, PA: History-making wristwatches of James Bond have returned to the National Watch & Clock Museum in a special exhibit now open and running through the end of 2014. Dell Deaton, author-creator of the James Bond Watches websites and social media outlets, is exhibit curator.

This James Bond Watch Exhibit inaugurates a newly, dedicated Wristwatch Gallery on the main floor of the Museum. Special displays will change every 12-18 months in the future.
"'James Bond' was an obvious way to introduce our Wristwatches Gallery as a whole," said Noel Poirier, Museum Director. "Our past Bond watch presentations have been quite popular, and we regularly get requests for more on James Bond's watches.

"It's a theme that provides both a hook and a solid way to organize highlights from five decades of watchmaking.

"Over the course of a little over 50 years, starting with the waning of Gruen as it stood among watchmakers in the late-1950s, through present-day Omega with its proprietary co-axial technology, 'Bond' gives us a unique means to periodically check in on developments through the 1960s, the quartz revolution, and premium-brand preferences of today. Ian Fleming and the James Bond movie history mark some of the most significant changes in style, power supplies, and our very definition of what a wristwatch can and should do."

Key to the selection of over a dozen unique timekeepers for display was a desire to show range, and even surprise visitors in some instances.

"Over the years, James Bond watch choices have played an important role in defining the character 'himself,'" notes Dell Deaton, exhibit curator. "Some watches convey sophistication, some show an agent equipped by Western Super-Powers with the very latest and greatest - even before the addition of Q-Branch gadgetry. We have mission-specific watches here, and others that seamlessly accompany Agent 007 from casino to combat without compromise."

The National Watch & Clock Museum is also proud to announce that this 2014 James Bond Watch Display features two original wristwatches worn by Bond.

The first, on special loan from the family and estate, is "the first literary James Bond watch," the personal watch of 007-creator Ian Fleming and his reference for the Rolex Explorer that he wrote onto James Bond's wrist in the 1963 On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Second, this display shows the Breitling for Bentley worn by Jeffery Deaver during his book promotion for Carte Blanche in 2011, "the watch" specified in that novel for Bond's undercover disguise in Africa.

"Anchoring the exhibit with Ian Fleming's vision of 'the James Bond watch' obviously invites comparison and debate in terms of choices we show people that have followed," adds Deaton.

"This is the first time ever, anywhere, that all (now seven) confirmed James Bond watchmakers have been displayed together: Breitling, Gruen, Hamilton (Pulsar), Omega, Rolex, Seiko, and TAG Heuer - with screen-accurate models from Dr. No in 1962 and Skyfall in 2012. We don't pick favorites, of course. But I suspect that many visitors will try to, and that's fine. Engaging thought and passion is fundamentally what this show is all about."

An added thrill for visitors is a dedicated micro-site, accessible by most Smartphones via QR Code scan. Optimized for mobile screen sizes and connection speeds, the key feature of this App allows visitors to watch specially produced videos on each watch, running, and performing in many of the elements for which it was designed - James Bond style!

Once linked, visitors will enjoy ongoing access to the micro-site, from any location where they have an Internet connection. But the exact URL is being reserved "For Visitors' Eyes Only" throughout run of this exhibit.

Dell Deaton is an internationally recognized expert in Ian Fleming and James Bond watches. Among his original research and credited discoveries, he was first to document the real-world basis for the literary James Bond watch; all wristwatch models supplied by Seiko UK to the movies; and both TAG Heuer watches worn by the 007 character in The Living Daylights, among other achievements. Most recently, Dell Deaton identified the Gruen Precision wristwatch worn by Sean Connery as the very first movie-Bond watch in Dr. No, and in another four movies following.

See JamesBondWatches.com for more information.

 


 

January 13, 2014
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.

QUEEN OF HEARTS TEA

COLUMBIA, PA: Don’t be late for this very important date! Hop down the rabbit hole to Wonderland and join the Queen of Hearts for tea at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 8.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying a special tea and visiting with special guests, Alice and the Mad Hatter. When checking on his availability for the tea, the Mad Hatter shared, “There are plenty of tables but not so many chairs, and hot Tea and crumpets and honey for Bears! And watches and clocks, and clocks and snacks! If you knew Time like I do, he does what you ask. Just whisper a hint and round goes the clock! It's Tea Time again! Fantabulous shock!"

All guests are encouraged to dress in their fancy and finest attire for this special occasion and bring their cameras to capture all the special moments. The tea includes assorted sweets, scones with jam, and tea or hot chocolate. Children age four and up are invited to attend the tea accompanied by an adult. Cost for the tea is $18 per child and $12 for each adult. Included is making a heart-shaped clock and admission to the Museum.

Please call 717-684-8261 ext. 234 for reservations. Seating is limited.


 

January 6, 2014
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.  

GOT TIME ON YOUR HANDS? CHECK OUT THE NEW WORKSHOPS FOR 2014!

COLUMBIA, PA: New clock and watch repair workshops are now available! Start the new year with great opportunities to learn new skills or build on those you already have.

John Reardon, author of Patek Philippe in America and a regular Hodinkee.com columnist wrote, “Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day ‘Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner’ workshop at the NAWCC in Columbia, PA. After experiencing this class firsthand, I recommend this watchmaking experience to anyone interested in learning more about how their watches work and appreciating the incredible talent that watchmakers have in keeping a vintage or modern timepiece properly preserved and in good running order. For the watch enthusiast, this is about as good as it gets for a horological getaway.”

Check out www.nawcc.org for the latest workshop schedule where new offerings are regularly added. Anyone who signs up early receives the early bird registration discount. For additional information contact Katie Knaub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 717-684-8261, ext. 237.


Beginner
Introduction to Clocks (WS-109) Feb. 24-28 or April 28-May 2
Stenciling on Glass with Lee Davis (WS-125) Mar. 1
Introduction to Machine Tools and Materials (WS-204) Mar. 3-7 or May 5-9
Replacing Missing Clock Components (WS-214) Mar. 15-16
Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner I (WS-111) Mar. 22-23 or May 3-4
Using the Micro Lathe for the Beginner (WS-117) Mar. 22-23
Brass Metallurgy for Horologists (WS-218) Mar. 22-24
Serving a Pocket Watch for the Beginner II (WS-201) Mar. 24-26 or May 5-7
Build a Clock Design and Construction I (WS-190) April 5-6 or
April 10-11 or
May 31-June 1 or June 5-6
Using the Jeweler’s Lathe I (WS-135) April 4-6
Build a Clock: Design and Construction II (WS-191) April 7-8 or April 12-13 or
June 2-3 or June 7-8
Water and Oil Gilding I and II (WS-217) April 12-13
Faux Finishing (WS-219) April 26-27
Shellac Film Finish Restoration and French Polishing (WS-213) May 3-4
Traditional Enameling (WS-222) May 10-11
Milling for the Beginner (WS-120) July 26-27
Dial Painting with Phil Gregory (WS-124) Aug. 9-10
Traditional Enameling (WS-222) Oct. 4-5
Faux Finishing (WS-219) Oct. 9-10
Clock Case Restoration (WS-110) Oct. 11-12
Veneering and Marquetry Basics (WS-114) Oct. 13
Wheel and Pinion Cutting on the Micro Mill (WS-119) Oct. 25-26

Intermediate
Basic Clock Repairs (WS-320) Mar. 10-21 or May 12-23
Hairspring Adjustment (WS-401) May 16-19
Hairspring Replacement (WS-402) May 20-23
Serving a Quartz Watch (WS-225) Mar. 15-17 or June 6-8

Advanced
Using the Jeweler’s Lathe II (WS-425) April 7-11
Cuckoo Clock Repair April 14-15
Anniversary Clock Repair April 16-17
Clock Escapements (WS-500) June 9-13
Staffing and Jeweling (WS-410) Aug. 4-8
Using the Jeweler’s Lathe II (WS-425) Sept. 29-Oct. 3


 

 

 

 

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