National Association Of Watch And Clock Collectors
The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is an organization for timepiece collectors throughout the United States.
About the association
The NAWCC is an association of timepiece collectors of all kinds, from professional watchmakers and horology scholars to amateur collectors and hobbyists. It offers a range of educational programs, social events, local clubs, trading fairs and research facilities to its members, along with an annual convention and regular events throughout the United States.
The association was established in 1943 by a number of enthusiastic horologists including L.D. Stallcup, Robert Franks and L.E. Coleman. They were inspired after travelling from across the U.S to attend meetings of the Horological Society of New York, and sent out 100 copies of a prospectus which proposed the founding of a national watch collectors club. Their remit was soon expanded to include clocks, and the first annual meeting took place in 1944.
From the original 43 people who responded to the first prospectus, the association has now grown to include over 21,000 members worldwide and more than 190 various local and specialist chapters.
Activities and projects
The NAWCC offers a range of educational programs across the U.S, from courses of watch appraisal to the study of historic timepieces such as Civil war watches.
It also runs a speakers bureau and provides teaching resources and field trip opportunities to schools throughout the country.
The association also runs the National Watch and Clock Museum in Pennsylvania. The museum opened in 1979, and currently has a collection of over 12,000 items making it the largest and most extensive horological collection in the United States.
The collection spans the history of timekeeping, and features exhibits demonstrating the earliest clock and watch mechanisms to the modern day technology of atomic and radio-controlled clocks.
The association’s Library and Research Center, also based at the museum, is one of the largest in the world devoted to the subject of time. It features a comprehensive collection of over 30,000 publications, horology-themed postcards and postage stamps, 21,000 U.S patents and the personal notes and papers from some of history’s most celebrated horologists.
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