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What is a "Webinar?" It's a lecture or exploratory presentation that is broadcast live over the world wide web, viewable over your computer. You can either stream the web broadcast live directly to your computer, or view the recorded version later on your own time-- it's your choice. The webinars have covered a wide variety of horological topics, ranging from ephemera and time zones to a variety of watches and clocks programs. These programs provide an opportunity to hear speakers from across the country, and the recorded presentations can be used at any time for individual or Chapter viewing. These programs are also offered through the library for borrowing in DVD format for those members/chapters who do not have access to the internet for streaming a presentation.
There is no charge for the webinars.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email registration confirmation as well as a reminder notice the day of the program. Each of these notices includes a link to join the presentation. Even if you cannot view the presentation live, if you register for the webinar in advance, you will receive a follow-up email with a direct link to the recording so you don’t have to go searching on the website for the recording.
To view the presentation, your computer or mobile device must meet certain requirements and you must download the gotowebinar application onto your system. To view the system requirements please visit this link. You can either listen to the presentation through your computer speakers or call in using a landline (toll number).
Webinar Help- Click on the links below for helpful hints and tips to access the webinars.
The American Watch Co. grade – 40 Years of Excellence
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7pm EDT
The Waltham Watch Company was the first successful watch factory and was responsible for many of the key innovations in watchmaking in America. In 1859 the name of the company was changed to the American Watch Co. following the merger of the Waltham Improvement Co. and the Appleton & Tracy Co. In the same year Waltham sold its first watches with American Watch Co. as the grade name on the watch. This grade name was used on many models and sizes of watches that always represented the very best product the company could make. The 1899 Bridge Model was the last of these designs to be produced. This talk explores the nine models produced over this 40 year period in the American Watch Co. grade.
This presentation will be given by Tom McIntyre
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please be sure to view system requirements before logging on to make sure your will be able to access the program. This information will be found in registration link and registration confirmation.
April 19th, 2015 The Beginning of the Hermetic Wristwatch. New discoveries and Early Wristwatch Adoption Photos by Adam Harris
This program will cover the history of ‘hermetically’ sealed watches from 1891 to circa 1950s, including photos and adverts from those periods. Our presenter, Adam Harris will also show some amazing photos of early wristwatches being worn in different walks of life and occupations.
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March 29th, 2015: Do You Know What Time It Is? The Establishment of Time Zones in the United States by Robert Gary, written and researched by Susan Gary
A historical look at how and why the national time zones came into being. It was not for the reason most people think.
February 15th, 2015: The Remarkable Clocks of Andrew V. Strait of Sidney, NY by Russ Oechsle
While the name Andrew V. Strait might not be recognizable to many advertising clock collectors and aficionados, his clocks, generally referred to as "Sidney Advertising Clocks" surely are. Strait's story is one of real genius, wherein his skills as a clock maker merged with his unique ideas on profiting through the medium of advertising to create a new segment in American horology. This presentation, based almost entirely on primary sources, will provide the history of Strait and his various advertising clock models, as well as lesser known inventions, including what he called the "first electric alarm clock.
January 25th, 2015: The War Alarm by Al Dodson
Horology played an important role in World War Two. The Hamilton Watch Co. is well remembered for the spectacular achievement of mass producing the Marine Chronometer and the many other timepieces they made for all branches of military. Other watch and clock companies also produced a wide variety of timepieces for the war effort. One product, the War Alarm, was produced for the civilian population in response to a critical need of this cheap and mundane timepiece. This webinar, presented by Al Dodson, will discuss the War Alarm and present photos, vintage advertisements, and other documents to illustrate this need and how the government and manufacturers responded.
November 16, 2014: The Beginning of the Self-Winding Wristwatch & Interesting Finds in the Museum Watch Collection in 2014 by Gallet Guest Curator Adam Harris.
Our Gallet guest curator of wristwatches, Adam Harris will discuss the “genesis” of the automatic wristwatch 1922 to 1940s. Adam will also present some of his research findings during his stay as a guest wristwatch curator, including important and updated NAWCC collection items descriptions, early patents and WWI photographs.
View a recording of this webinar.
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October 27, 2014: The Beginning of the Wristwatch – What we have learned in 2 years by Gallet Guest Wristwatch Curator Adam Harris
This webinar will be a timeline walk through the beginning of the wristwatch, both in Europe and America. Adam Harris, our Gallet guest curator of wristwatches at the National Watch and Clock Museum will discuss the fascinating amount of discoveries we have learned in past two years. This webinar will truly bring you up to date with the beginning of the wristwatch in Europe and America. There will be lots of interesting period advertisements and images included in the discussion.
September 28, 2014: Ephemeral Art – Here today and gone tomorrow by Pat Holloway
The program provides an overview of the evolution, distribution and imagery of 19th century advertising trade cards with a special focus on horology. These cards were an integral part of many Victorian homes, often appearing in prominently placed albums. The art work provides an interesting view of turn-of-the-century American life and industry. This program was presented at the 2014 NAWCC National Convention.
August 17th, 2013: Meet the Bulletin Author Webinar
June 21st, 2013: Meet the NAWCC Bulletin Author Webinar