Make time to check out the watch and clock con­ven­tion

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If you’ve won­dered about the value of a fam­ily time­piece passed down to you, or you just have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for horol­ogy, you’ll want to make time to visit the Chat­tanooga Con­ven­tion Cen­ter ei­ther Satur­day or Sun­day, Sept. 1-2.

More than 300 mem­bers of t he Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Watch and Clock Col­lec­tors Inc. from around the South­east will be at­tend­ing the NAWCC Mid- South Re­gional Con­ven­tion. The col­lec­tors are of­fer­ing sev­eral lec­tures and a walk­ing t our of t he con­ven­tion ex­hibit to the pub­lic at no charge.

In ad­di­tion there will be a con­ven­tion mart open to the pub­lic on Satur­day af­ter­noon and Sun­day morn­ing. For a $ 10 ad­mis­sion to The Mart, in­di­vid­u­als will find coll ec­tors buy­ing, sell­ing and trad­ing horo­log­i­cal items. While in The Mart, vis­i­tors can get a closer l ook at cl ock- mak­ing by try­ing their hands at as­sem­bling a clock move­ment or pol­ish­ing a pivot on a lathe.

Sherry Kitts, pub­lic­ity chair­woman for the con­ven­tion, says f ree ap­praisals of time­pieces will be given at any time dur­ing the con­ven­tion by NAWCC’s knowl­edge­able mem­bers.

Vis­i­tors may bring small time­pieces (pocket watches, man­tle clocks, etc .) or bring good, de­scrip­tive pho­tos of large pieces (wall clocks greater than 48 inches in length, grand­fa­ther clocks, etc.) for eval­u­a­tion by mem­bers fa­mil­iar with the par­tic­u­lar genre.

“In­di­vid­u­als should come to the front desk with their piece for ap­praisal, and they will be led to some­one to ap­praise it,” says Kitts.

NAWCC Chapter 61 in Huntsville, Alabama, is host­ing this year’s con­ven­tion, and in­vites the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in free ed­u­ca­tional lec­tures and the “Skele­ton Time­pieces” ex­hibit.

“Skele­ton Time­pieces” is an ex­hibit about clocks or watches whose me­chan­i­cal works are vis­i­ble. Ex­am­ples made by mem­bers will amaze vis­i­tors with what can be achieved with a jew­eler’s lathe, says Kitts. Any­one in­ter­ested may join a walk­ing tour of the ex­hibit at 3 p.m. on Satur­day.

Ed­u­ca­tional lec­tures, which last about 1 hour, are sched­uled both days and are also free to the pub­lic.

Founded in 1943, the NAWCC is the largest or­ga­ni­za­tion of its kind in the world. Head­quar­tered in Penn­syl­va­nia, t he non­prof i t has more than 1 5,0 0 0 mem­bers and more than 100 i nter­nat i onal chap­ters. For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, visit


A skele­ton clock does not hide its works be­hind the face, but shows them off. This lyre skele­ton clock was made by one of the mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Watch and Clock Col­lec­tors, demon­strat­ing what can be done with a lathe.

This Ball-Hamil­ton’s move­ment en­grav­ing re­flects its fine char­ac­ter­is­tics: 23 jew­els, ad­justed five po­si­tions and an Elin­var hair­spring that pro­vides tem­per­a­ture com­pen­sa­tion and is im­mune to mag­netic in­flu­ence.

A Bal­lHamil­ton 998 high­grade rail­road watch.

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