National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc.
Founded in 1943, The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is a nonprofit scientific organization that serves as a unique educational, cultural, and social resource for its membership and the public at large. Members include hobbyists, students, educators, casual collectors, and professionals in related retail and manufacturing trades. The one common bond (and main membership requirement) is a fascination with the art and science of timekeeping (horology).
Of course, members also share a number of tangible benefits, including yearly subscriptions to two quality NAWCC publications; participation in Regional and National Conventions and trading Marts; local Chapter activities; workshops and educational seminars held throughout the nation; and complimentary admission to the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania, the Western Hemisphere's largest museum devoted to timepieces and timekeeping.
National Watch & Clock Museum
The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.
The Library & Research Center
The National Watch and Clock Museum Library and Research Center is one of the largest horological libraries in the world. Housed within the Watch and Clock Museum, the collection consists of over 30,000 books, catalogs, and periodicals dealing with all aspects of the study of time and timekeeping.
A mart is where members have the opportunity to buy, sell, or trade horological items. Marts can take place at regularly scheduled chapter meetings, larger regional meetings, or yearly national conventions.
The Field Suitcase Workshops provide technical repair and restoration training to collectors at an affordable cost, and within a reasonable distance from their homes. The FSW currently offers clock repair, lathe, and pocket watch courses and is seeking ideas for other courses and also for volunteers to assist or develop new courses for this program.
The NAWCC offers unique opportunities for learning through chapter and national events;hands-on training through workshops and instruction for professionals
The Watch & Clock Bulletin contains absorbing, abundantly illustrated articles on historic, artistic, and technical aspects of timekeeping. Experts answer your questions, there are concise reviews of horological books, members' opinions and comments, research findings and requests, slide and other programs available to chapters, plus news and announcements of chapter, regional, and National activities.
The Mart & Highlights is an informal medium of exchange in which, for a reasonable fee, you may list any horological item you wish to buy, sell, or trade... a unique means for finding items to add to your collection or reaching buyers for pieces you wish to sell. The MART also includes the MART Magazine, which is a non-advertising section that features industry and NAWCC news and reprinted articles of interest to members from other horological publications.