Philadelphia Chapter 1
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc.
The Oldest and Largest Chapter in the NAWCC

Philadelphia Chapter One

Meetings Continue to Offer Fascinating Topics

Please read our   June 1st Newsletter for more details and other articles on clocks and watches

The Workshop Presenter

LEE DAVIS his topic will be: “Decorative Stenciling on Early American Clocks”

The Luncheon Speaker

ALLEN RICHARDSON, his topic will be “Early American Verge Watches of the 18th and early 19th Centuries”.

One Day Class June 1st, 2014

The One Day Class will be on the repair of electric clock rotors. We will
concentrate on the dissembling, cleaning, repairing and reassembling of the
rotors for electric clocks as well as testing the coils of various manufacturers.
Some of the motors we will work on will be Telechron, Sessions, G.E., United
,Hansen, and Synchron. Come to this class for clock rotor repair on June 1st.


June 1, 2014 At the Holiday Inn
Philadelphia North/Fort Washington
432 Pennsylvania Ave. Fort Washington, Pa. 19034

Workshop and Speaker

Are you interested in having a professional evaluate your watch or clock?  Are you interested in learning how to make a click spring or other small spring for your clock? Perhaps you are interested in purchasing an antique watch or clock.   If so, join us at our meeting on May 5th at the Holiday inn at Fort Washington, Pa.  Ashley  King will be giving a lecture on” Evaluating Clocks and Watches in Today’s Market”.  Mr. King, an expert appraiser,  is an officer in the Pennsylvania Antique Appraisal Association. He has also offered to do an evaluation of several clocks and watches from members of the audience after his talk. Dave Gorrell will be doing a demonstration on how to make click springs, and other small springs  for clocks at our meeting’s workshop.   Click Newsletter May 4,2014 for directions and meeting particulars.  Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public.

Newsletter May 4,2014 Featured Articles

Harry Gafesna’s Tips from the Workbench, Best In Show Contest March 30, Horology in Hollywood


Reasons for Joining Philadelphia Chapter One


6 Meetings a year, buy, sell trade
Meet with 300 other watch and clock lovers
60 to 70 tables  full of watches clocks, tools, books
Hands on classes in watch and clock repair
Lectures  at every meeting by experts in the field
Workshop demonstrations on Repair and restoration techniques
Best In Show Contests –  see the most unusual and interesting clocks and watches
Receive the Chapter One Newsletter –  keep up with the topics and developments in Horology
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Largest Clock in the World

largest clock in the wordlNewsletter 3.30.2014

Where do you think you would find the largest clock in the world?  England, Germany, the United States? In fact none of these are correct.  The hour hand is 56 feet long and the minute hand is 72 feet long.

Want to find where to purchase watch and clock parts from Europe?   The sources are getting harder and harder to find.

Want to learn how to use a watchmakers lathe/  Join us on Sat. March 29th at the Holiday inn , Fort Washington Pennsylvania.

Want to learn how to disassemble, and more importantly reassemble a Hamilton Model 21 Chronometer?  What important role did this time piece play in determining who won World War II?

When and where will the next Chapter One meeting be held ?  Even more importantly whats for lunch?   Then click on  the  RED      Newsletter  3.30.2014    at the top of this article.

Clock and Watch Society Newsletter 12.8.2013

Clocks can evoke many emotional responses in humans. Many of these emotional responses are derived from their artistic beauty, their historic significance, their functionality, or even their mechanical beauty. But there is probably only one clock that was and still is valued for the contentiousness that it created, that clock is the “Shmoo Clock”. Those of us “of a certain age” can fondly remember the introduction of the Shmoo into American life back on August 31, 1948. Shmoos were created by the cartoonist Al Capp who many people thought was not really wrapped to tight. His satirical comments about American life and customs were often the topics of discussion around
many dinner tables, office water coolers and bars of the day. Al Capps cartoon “Lil Abner”, in which Shmoos were introduced, was set in the American South in an area called “Dogpatch”, the denizens of which were fondly, and just as often not so fondly, referred to as “Hillbillies”. The Shmoos themselves were small, rotund creatures shaped not unlike bowling pins: they had no arms, noses or ears, sported a small stubby mustache and loved doing things for humans. In fact they would gladly sacrifice themselves to meet whatever needs the humans they encountered seemed to desire. They could be eaten, they tasted like oysters beefsteak, pork roast, fried chicken or even catfish. They freely gave milk, butter and eggs. They were easy to catch all one needed was a paper bag, flashlight and a stick. The
flashlight stunned them, the stick whacked them and the paper bag was used to carry them home for eating. They reprodu
ced asexually and were more prolific than rabbits. But it was in their insatiable desire to provide humans with any and all things they desired that created the controversy referred to earlier. Many on the political left thought that the Shmoos satirically represented them as they pushed for governmentally sponsored social programs which were proliferating in Post-World War II America. The “Daily Worker” a Communists paper complained that Shmoos were an attack on Karl Marx and Socialism.


Mid sized Seth Thomas Pillar and scroll model mantel clock. That model was made from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.  They came in two styles, 30 Hour and 8 day.