The NAWCC was founded in 1943 by members of the Horological Society of New York and the Philadelphia Watchmakers' Guild who wished to create a national organization. Many of the members participate in the over 160 "Chapters" which can be based on a locality or a special interest; i.e., the local chapter for New York is Chapter 2 and the Tower Clock Chapter is Chapter 134. The vast majority of chapters are US location based, a number are also in Canada, Australia and Japan. Special interest chapters range from "British Horology" to "Horological Science".
Annually the Ward Francillion Time Symposium is held in late October, where eminent speakers present their research an a focused topic.
A bi-monthly Watch & Clock Bulletin and its Mart and Highlights supplement (containing both association news and scholarly articles on horology) are published, and local, regional and national meetings are held.
The National Watch and Clock Museum was founded in 1977 by the NAWCC and now has a major horological collection and operates one of the world's pre-eminent horological libraries. Museum, library (National Watch and Clock Library) and headquarters are located in Columbia, PA. The NAWCC also runs the NAWCC School of Horology, where professional watch and clock repairers are trained.
The NAWCC also has a Bulletin board system with over 1.4 million annual visitors, where non-members of the association may ask questions on watches and clocks to experts.
Its main sister organisations in other countries pursuing similar goals are:
- Antiquarian Horological Society - AHS (United Kingdom)
- Association Française des Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne - AFAHA (France)
- Chronometrophilia (Switzerland)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie - DGC (Germany)
- HORA Associazione Italiana Cultori di Orologeria Antica (Italy)
Famous quotes containing the words clock, national, association and/or watch:
“We all run on two clocks. One is the outside clock, which ticks away our decades and brings us ceaselessly to the dry season. The other is the inside clock, where you are your own timekeeper and determine your own chronology, your own internal weather and your own rate of living. Sometimes the inner clock runs itself out long before the outer one, and you see a dead man going through the motions of living.”
—Max Lerner (b. 1902)
“The return of the asymmetrical Saturday was one of those small events that were interior, local, almost civic and which, in tranquil lives and closed societies, create a sort of national bond and become the favorite theme of conversation, of jokes and of stories exaggerated with pleasure: it would have been a ready- made seed for a legendary cycle, had any of us leanings toward the epic.”
—Marcel Proust (18711922)
“In this great association we know no North, no South, no East, no West. This has been our pride for all these years. We have no political party. We never have inquired what anybodys religion is. All we ever have asked is simply, Do you believe in perfect equality for women? This is the one article in our creed.”
—Susan B. Anthony (18201906)
“Louise, something in me tightens when an American intellectuals eyes shine, and they start to talk to me about the Russian people. Something in me says, Watch it, a new version of Irish Catholicism is being offered for your faith.”
—Warren Beatty (b. 1937)