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


rolex watch, parrot head cane watch, clock and watch societyJoin Philadelphia Chapter One, Clock & Watch Society at Merritt’s Antiques on July 15th, 2017. Come join the fellow horologically inclined at this FREE event. We will have classes, a mart, and Lots & Lots of clocks.

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This month’s newsletter discusses Floral Clocks, and unusual Rolex Watches

Be sure to fill out the registration for the event, See you there!

A Gigantic Antique and Modern Watch and Clock Show on November 5 & 6, 2016


It’s that time again, the Mid Eastern Regional sponsored by  the Philadelphia Chapter One NAWCC, Inc. at the York Expo Center, Memorial Hall West   334 Carlisle Ave. York, Pa.  17404

There will be over 350 tables of Watches, Clocks and Horological Tools, Exhibit,

3 Lectures by prominent Clock authorities on “American Empire Clocks, 1825 to 1845”

Silent Auction



Clocks and Watches at the Mart

Clocks and Watches at the Mart


Entrance fee is  $40.00



For more information contact Dave Gorrell 443 694  4972  or

on line at djgclocks

Over 85 Philadelphia Chapter One members and their families braved the heat last month sharing a delicious summer picnic lunch as well as a great Clock Mart. Thanks again to Merrill’s Antiques for being our hosts again this year, the Merrill grand kids were sure a help as well. Thank you to David Gorrell, Treasurer for putting this fun event together.

These events serve more than just a fun get-together with old friends, they can also be a way to introduce a new generation to the pleasures of Antique Clocks and Watches. Please make the effort to share with any you know that express interest in these subjects. If you know of a young person of mechanical inclination, who is looking for a possible vocation, steer them in our direction. This is precious knowledge that needs to be passed to the next wave of Clock and Watch aficionados. Share (and participate) on our Social Media sites. Talk about your interests to the younger set, and share your pleasure and knowledge with them.

Be sure to sign up for our next meeting.

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Chapt1-LogoJULY 30, 2016

3rd Annual Summer Picnic


1860 Weavertown Rd. Douglassville, Pa. 19518

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

All the traditional Fare: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Brats, Cut Cuts, Garden Salad, Potato Salads, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Ice Cream, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Sodas
Come and enjoy: Good Food Great Friends
Lots and Lots and Lots and Lots of Clocks and Watches
Admission is Free YES FREE!!!
Picnic Lunches are $10.00 per person
Mart Tables are $25.00
All tables are indoors All tables are 8 Foot
Rain or Shine Bring the whole family Guests are welcome
In order to get Lunch or Mart Tables you must pre-register.

Deadline for Registering for Lunch or tables is Friday July 22, 2016

Send your Registration forms and remittances to the Treasurer:
David Gorrell
1179 Dicus Mill Rd.
Millersville, Md. 21108
410 987 5915 or 443 694 4972


A young man often learns what is most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Besler died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.”  Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important…Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said. As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away. The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture….Jack stopped suddenly.

“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said.

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,’ “Jack said. It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it. “Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said. “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read. Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. Mr. Harold Belser it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package there inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.”

A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most…was…my time.” Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.

“Why?”  his assistant Janet asked.

“I need some time to spend with my son,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet…thanks for your time!”

Give this some thought and we hope to see you at the Summer Picnic.

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Antique Pocket Watch

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Turning Clock Finials, Acid Etching Clock Glasses, Repairing Cuckoo Clocks, starting a wrist watch collection, all of these topics and skills will be featured at the next Philadelphia Chapter One Meeting on November 15, 2015.

At this Meeting Adam Harris, a guest curator from England, will be giving a lecture on the joys and pitfalls of collecting wristwatches. His lecture will begin at 1:30PM and will end at approximately 2:30PM. All timepieces have something to teach us.” says Adam. Adam HarrisSince the summer of 2012 Adam Harris has assumed the seasonal title of Guest Wristwatch Curator at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. Largely focused on clocks and pocket watches, the Museum’s awareness and public promotion of wristwatches has expanded because of Harris’ efforts. Before returning to his home in Alicante, Spain, Watch News interviewed Harris to get some reflections on his time as curator.  His Lecture will be held during the Philadelphia Chapter One Meeting on November 15, 2015 at the Williamson Banquet and Event Center.  See our Newsletter for directions and information.



Finials, Philadelphia Chapter One, Clock Collecting, Antique Clocks, HorologyAt this same meeting come and see how the master does it;  Kevin Bedgood will be demonstrating the art of Finial turning at this month’s Chapter One Workshop.  Anyone who has ever  tried to turn a finial, especially a complicated one has found it a daunting task.  It is only surpassed in difficulty by attempting to duplicate a second one.  Keven a long time master turner makes it look easy. His workshop will be held  in the President’s Room at Williamsons .  The workshop will begin at 10:30 and last until 11:45.


These and all of Chapter one’s workshops this one is free and open to the public. Be sure to share this information with the Horologicly inclined

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Philadelphia Chapter One announcements the line up for October’s Membership meeting.

Please note preregistration is recommended and if you know anyone who would be interested in the history and joys of collecting clocks and watches we encourage you to invite them as your guest.

This month’s luncheon speaker is John Riabov, proprietor of  Wyndwood Tyme in Landenberg, PA His topic will be: “Restoring a Chester County tall case clock by Isaac Jackson.”  Mr. Riabov is an  expert in watch and heirloom clock repairs. He is a graduate of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) School of Horology in Columbia, PA.John riabov,Clock and Watch Society,Antique Clocks,Clock Repair, tall case clocks, taLL case clock repair  To remind you that at our September meeting in 2014 Mr. Riabov spoke on Breguet, his life and contributions to horology.




The workshop presenter will be: Ashley King, proprietor of The Clock Trader in Quakertown,PA . His topic is:” Repairing Jefferson Golden Hour Clocks”.  Golden Hour clocks are  a form of mystery clock, in that, it is difficult to see how they operate. The electrical versions were created by the  Jefferson Clock Co.  The original Jefferson Company was established  in 1928. Mr. King will be demonstrating the repair of one of the later models.Clock and Watch society,Philadelphia Chapter One,Clock repair, Ashley King, GoldenHour clocks





Thanks to all that were able to attend the August Folger Library presentation by Rory McEvoy, the Curator of Horology at the Maritime Museum at Greenwich, England. The video we produced will be available for viewing soon. If you have any pictures or other comments about this event please email the Treasurer at

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Newsletter 10-4-2015

A Philadelphia Chapter One Folger tour

Philadelphia Chapter One is sponsoring a tour of the Folger Library’s display  of the famous Sea Clocks produced by the ingenious British Clock Maker, John Harrison.  He is the man who finally  solved the problem of determining Longitude while at sea.  His efforts spanned a period from 1730 ,when he started work on his Sea Clock  H1 until he was finally paid for his work on the incredibly accurate Sea Watch H 4, in 1773.  This display  includes  working models of. H1,H2, and H3, his first attempts at solving this problem.  Also included is the actual H4 the watch that won him the Board of Longitude’s 20,000 pound prize.

This tour will include a presentation by Rory McEvoy, the Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.  Unlike Dava Sobel, Longitude author, our presenter has differing opinions regarding the controversy surrounding this important advance in seafaring technology.

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Rory McEvoy

”Working with clocks and watches has always been a pleasure but, for me the most rewarding part of the job is placing these objects into the bigger contextual picture; discovering why they were made, by whom and how they were used. Many of the precision clocks at the Royal Observatory have tremendously rich histories and surprisingly long working lives. In my most recent project I researched a group of clocks that celebrate naval heroes. It was particularly exciting to present these objects in the wider historical context and make positive links to texts, paintings, prints and decorative objects from the larger National Maritime Museum collection.”

Here is a  link to Mr. McEvoy’s blog post regarding his visit to the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.

For more details and to register click here.

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The Philadelphia Chapter One Summer Picnic will be held:
Sat. August 1, 2015 as part of the Amity Watch and Clock Fair @ Merritt’s Antiques

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We will be having several additions this year to the picnic. We will be hosting, in addition to our usual ‘Mart’ tables, an auction, and 2 lectures. Fill out the Event Form to register

This month’s newsletter discusses the innovation of pocket watches in the early 18th century. Mr. Jean-Antoine Lepine one of the earliest innovators who took us from fusee power system and verge style escapement, to using a longer mainspring whereby the actual power was derived from a small fraction of the spring length. This change allowed (pocket) watches to be streamlined dramatically thus paving the way for further modern watches.


Upcoming 2015 meetings for Philadelphia Chapter One will be: October 4, November 15, & December 6
Meetings will be held at:
Williamson’s Banquet and Events Center
500 Blair Mill Rd.
Horsham, Pa. 19044
215 675 5454

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Philadelphia Chapter One Summer Picnic, Antique clocks, antique watches, watch repair

Join us for the Philadelphia Chapter One’s Summer Picnic

For the first time since the 80’s we will be holding a summer picnic. This event is  free and open to the public as well as our members. Come peruse the vendors booths, take a class, introduce your friends and family to the mysteries of Horology. Lunch will be included for all Chapter One members. Tables and spaces  are available for vendors. Please fill out the contact form and let us know how many people you are bringing  or if you are interested in reserving a vendor table. Event is Rain or Shine July 26th at the Amity Clock and Watch Fair in Douglasville, PA. All vendor tables must be paid in full prior to the event and are non refundable 10 days prior to the event.  If you are interested in buying or selling clocks or watches  both antique and modern this is the place to be. There will be two lectures, the first will be on “How to buy an Antique Clock”  and the second will be on the “History of the American Clock Industry 1760 to 1860”.

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