The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
(NAWCC) is an American non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...
with about 18,000 members.
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 ie, 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
The National Watch and Clock Museum , located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is one of a very few museums in the United States dedicated solely to horology, which is the history, science and art of timekeeping and timekeepers....
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
The National Watch and Clock Library is one of the world's pre-eminent libraries devoted to horology and is located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA....
) 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
A Bulletin Board System, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging...
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
The Antiquarian Horological Society, abbreviated as AHS, is the British organization of scholars and enthusiasts of horology.The association was founded in 1953 and unites collectors, scholars and museum professionals interested in the historical aspects of horology – the study of the art,...
- AHS (United Kingdom)
- Association Française des Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne - AFAHA (France)
Chronometrophilia is described in its byline as the "Swiss Association for the History of Timekeeping / Association suisse pour l'histoire de la mesure du temps / Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Geschichte der Zeitmessung"...
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie , today is an organization of scholars, collectors and enthusiasts in Germany interested in the science, art and history of horology.-History:...
- DGC (Germany)
- HORA Associazione Italiana Cultori di Orologeria Antica (Italy)
- British Horological Institute
The British Horological Institute is the representative body of the horological industry in the United Kingdom.-History:...
- Budget Watch Collecting (on wikibooks)