New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Winter Meeting, Saturday, February 6, 2016

Auburn Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA
754 Southbridge Street (Route 12), Auburn, MA


8:30A.M. Registration. Nametags are available for pre-registered members. Walk-in registration begins. Mart opens for set up for table holders only.

9:00A.M. Mart. Opens for general entry. Mart will close at 11:45 AM for the 12:00 Noon Lunch.

9:00AM to 10:15 AM. Silent Auction. A fee of $3.00 per item, multiple items for one bid to count as one item.


9:45 AM. "Waltham Model 1899/1908, Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala," Session 3 of 3. Our well-known council officer, Chris Carey, will continue his November 2015 double session with the focus of this presentation for those who are interested in learning the repair of an antique pocket watch. He will cover all aspects of how this watch works. Tools used in the repair of the watch will be discussed through out as well as technical documents useful in the repair. More advanced repair procedures such as replacing the balance staff, common sense adjustments to the escapement, and regulating the time keeping will also be discussed. Since 1993, Chris has owned and operated the Watertown Watch and Clock. He is an officer of Chapter 8, an officer of The Massachusetts Watchmakers-Clockmakers Association, The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, and the Greater Boston Watch and Clock Collectors.

10:45 AM. "Time, History, Philosophy and Art." Marty Cohen (scheduled for April 2015, but postponed to now) will share his thoughts and observations about how our view of time has changed as the accuracy of our ability to measure it has improved. Marty Cohen is a retired engineering consultant. His many interests include horology, anthropology, history, mathematics, banjos and making things. The major product from his woodworking activities is sawdust.

12:00 Noon. Lunch and Annual Chapter Business Discussion

1:00 PM. "The Employee's Own Watch." This talk by Tom McIntyre focuses on the practice at Waltham that encouraged the employees to develop their skills by purchasing material at cost and making their own watches. This practice was in place from the very beginning in the 1850's, and this talk features an especially interesting example from the late 1880s. Tom started collecting clocks and watches in Canada in 1967 and joined the NAWCC in 1971 after moving back to the states. After moving to Massachusetts in 1978, he stumbled across some very nice Waltham watches on a trip to London and has been working on his Waltham collection since that time. Tom is the technical administrator for the NAWCC Message Board.

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From the East or West: Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 10, then stay to the right after exiting the toll plaza and to Southbridge St. (Route 12) going south. The Elks Club is about 0.6 mile on the right. Watch for the sign.

From the North: follow Route 290 to Exit 6, then to Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to the 4th set of lights (Route 12 intersection). Turn right (north) on to Route 12. The Elk Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Watch for the sign. Note: the exit for Route 20 West off of Route 290 is the very first exit after the Mass Turnpike. The exit comes up quickly, so be aware of this situation.

From the South: follow Route 395 (becomes Route 290 in Auburn) and take Exit 6 for Route 20 West. Proceed to the 4th set of lights (the junction of Routes 12 and 20) and turn right on to Route 12 North. The Elks Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Watch for the sign.

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Future Meetings

April 16th, Old Sturbridge Village


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