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Chapter 59 Archives

A look back in time, at previous meetings, presentations, and events. For more recent photos, click here.

April 2011:
Show & Tell featured the letter A. Here we have an Alfex wristwatch with a nice skeletonized movement, an 11-jewel pocket watch by Aurora Watch Company circa 1884, set up for a "fifth pinion", and an Accutron 218 movement showing the distinctive "tuning forks."


November 2010:
Show & Tell featured the letter T. Here we have a Seth Thomas calendar clock (closed and open). The third photo shows several smaller horological items (clockwise from top left) the world's only known 14k Time Computer PL-1 (most were stainless or 18k), two travel clocks, two Timex 21-jewel wristwatches, and a Tavennes wristwatch. The last photo reflects our program on Elgin pocket watches, given by our own Tim Rymer - shown is a basic Elgin three-finger bridge movement (note, however, that the three bridges are not individually secured).


February 2010:
Show & Tell featured the letter K. Here we have a lovely J. Kaiser 400-day clock, a true "anniversary clock" because it was acquired shortly after the owner's marriage. Next we have a "kitchen clock," having seen years of faithful service in the owner's kitchen. The dial restoration has faded; the panel is a mirror. Next, two photos of a 130-year-old pocket watch from Illinois. It's a key-wound watch that can also be stem-wound, hence a transitional movement. This example is lever-set. The last photo shows two beautiful pocket watch cases by Keystone, one gold-filled and the other "rolled gold plate."


October 2009:
Show & Tell featured the letter H. One of our members who is a trolley driver showed two Hamilton trolley watches. These have 17-jewel movements, adjusted to three positions - not quite railroad-grade. Cool thing: the dials, which say "Hamilton Electric Railway Special" and "Hamilton Electric Interurban Special." Also shown,: a member's dead-mint HP-01 calculator watch, which was (and still is) a highly sophisticated scientific computer. Finally, there's an "homage" watch, a recent Sandoz reinterpretation of the iconic early Rolex Explorer I, but in blue. The movement is a high-beat 25-jewel Eta 2836 - a date movement in a no-date dial due to streamlined purchasing.


July 2009:
Show & Tell featured our favorite horological collectibles or items. We had a lot of participation, and saw some favorite watches and clocks, of course, but also some favorite books and tools! Here they are in no particular order (but with the watches first). The small wooden things with stone insets are oil pots, used when oiling watches - they hold a tiny drop of oil. Oh, and the Jaeger musical alarm clock played ... "Reveille" and "Mail Call!" The owner thinks it might have been for a female officer.


May 2009:
Show & Tell featured the letter "D," and Earl brought lots of pocket watches with terrific dials to share! We have space here for just three. First up is an Elgin railroad watch with an incredible Montgomery dial - look at all those numbers! It combines the archetypal Montgomery individually numbered minute index with a 24-hour dial. Next up is a different Montgomery dial ... as in Montgomery Ward & Co! That fancy dial is definitely not for railroad use, which leads to the next watch, an American Waltham Watch Co. pocket watch with a fancy dial. Continuing the fancy dial theme, Rick shared his fully skeletonized Invicta wristwatch. And, from the clock contingent, Cathy shared this lovely porcelain pocket watch holder.


March 2009:
NAWCC Chapter 59 celebrates its 40th anniversary! We had tasty refreshments and historical presentations including the original charter as the La Mesa Clock Club. We also had this "mystery" tool, that stumped everyone but Joe Kunkler, who identified it at a glance as a tool to hold watch crowns and stems for drilling. Joe is our club's only active charter member - we are very lucky to have his knowledge, enthusiasm, and problem-solving ability in our midst!


February 2009:
Show & Tell featured the letter "B," and here we have a lovely French blue and white Delft clock with a Brocot suspension, circa 1900. And, our horological challenge item was this three-legged triangular tool, correctly identified by Rick Coleman as a "preacher." It's used to locate a clock's pivot hole for re-bushing.


January 2009:
For our first meeting of the year, the Show & Tell featured the letter "A." Here, Al shares the first clock he collected. Also, a view of the Show & Tell table.


October 2008:
Show & Tell featured the letter "X," "Y," and "Z." First up we have a Zan stopwatch with military markings on the back. Near-identical military stopwatches are often found marked Heuer, and it is thought that Zan was a contract supplier. The pocket watch is a private-label 18-size Hampden, marked on the dial and movement "O.C. Zinn." Zinn was apparently a jeweler in Hastings, Nebraska. Then we have a lovely miniature Louis XVI style French clock with rooster head ornamentation at the top, floral trumpets and corn surrounding the dial, and a blue polychrome base. It stands about 12" tall, and includes its original box. The challenge was to figure out how this clock fit the theme. The prize was a tin of Cathy's home-made candy bar fudge! The winner, John, passed the tin around the room - here you see member Tim, John, and guest Radu. And there was plenty left over!


August 2008:
Show & Tell featured the letter "W." First up is a guest's Eduoard Perret & Cie., Geneva hunting case pocket watch. The 15-jewel bar movement with patent lever escapement was made c. 1850 and recently restored by member Tim Rymer. The engraving on the back is the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France. Next up, is Al and Joyce's Jerome and Darrow mahogany shelf clock, c. 1830, with a 30-hour time/strike wood movement.


April 2008:
Show & Tell featured the letter "R," and china- or porcelain-cased clocks. First up is a member's porcelain-cased clock - he thinks it's hideous, but it's a family heirloom so he's stuck with it! Next you can see a detail of the case decoration. The red hand-painted wood-cased Swiss bracket clock is new, but was destroyed in shipping (the only piece that survived was the bracket - the shelf-like object just right of center). It was returned to the factory and rebuilt. One member shared his Rockford pocket watches - you can see a couple 16-sizes and a lady's size. In the background, there's a repeating carriage clock, which you can see up close in the last photo.

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March 2008:
It was Chapter 59's 39th Anniversary. Our historian, Verlyn Kuhlmann, presented a display of Chapter 59 memorabilia, including two books written by Chapter 59 members. Show & Tell featured the letter "Q." In the second photo, you see some ways of keeping time by radio, including a time and weather radio, a clock/display connected to the stock market, and a clock that picks up a radio signal sent from Ft. Collins, CO which is in turn sync'd to an atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly the National Bureau of Standards) lab in Boulder, CO. The little object in the foreground is an early quartz crystal oscillator. Next up is a lovely quarter-strike clock movement. Last is Chapter 59's original NAWCC charter as the La Mesa Clock Club.

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February 2008:
Show & Tell was so spectacular, it replaced the program as the evening's entertainment. It featured the letter "P." First, you see some of the show and tell items, including a Patti clock, some lovely pocket watches, and some pilot's watches including two huge Russian models that trace their ancestry to the Hampden Watch Company. Next, we have a closer look at that lovely Patti clock. Th third photo shows part of Bruce Wegmann's vast collection of Pulsar LED wristwatches. The fourth photo shows two rare solid gold Pulsar Time Computer LED calculator wristwatch/calculators. For one glorious year, Time Computer outsold Rolex as the #1 luxury watch, but things went downhill pretty quickly - the fad lasted only a few years. The last photo shows a box of exceedingly rare Omega LED watches, based on the Time Computer module.

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January 2008:
New Chapter 59 officers are installed. From left to right: Mark Weaver, Mark Edgar, Bill Lassen, and Alvin Ruppert

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November 2007:
Show & Tell featured the letter "N." First, you see an unrestored Ulysse Nardin marine chronometer of the type that preceded the Hamilton models on U.S. warships. Next, we have a New York Springfield 18-size keywind/keyset pocket watch. This company preceded Hampden. There's also a "NASA chronometer" given away to kids as part of an after-school science enrichment program. The last photo shows a member's project clock, purchased at a recent auction.


September 2007:
Show & Tell featured the letter "K" and "L." Here you see a klock klassified as "kute." It's also a kwartz movement. Then we have a selection of Longines, two wristwatches and a pocket watch, and an interesting device called a "No Pee Box Finder."

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July 2007:
Show & Tell featured the letter "J." Our traveling member Neil Partyka shows off the wooden case of a lovely reproduction pocket sundial from Jamestown VA. On the screen you see a live detail image of the sundial itself. Also featured here, although hidden by Neil: our brand-new camcorder and lighting set-up allowing small details of show & tell items to be shared in real time.

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April 2007:
Show & Tell featured the letter "F." Here you see three lovely French clocks with painted porcelain cases. The white wristwatch on the far right is a Fifa commemorative watch from the World Cup games.

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June 2006:
At Show & Tell, members showed off a nice small mantle clock that used a car clock movement, a whole bunch of early 20th century Swiss fakes of American pocket watches, and a lovely Seth Thomas mantle clock.

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May 2006:
One highlight of Show & Tell was this Hamilton 16-size railroad-grade pocket watch with a Montgomery dial. The library received a donation of the book Time & Space Measuring Instruments From the 15th to the 19th Century.

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March 2006:
What goes into that old ogee? One member shows us the parts.

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June 2005:
Great entries in Show & Tell included two beautiful carriage clocks and two solid gold Pulsar LED watches from the 1970s.

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July 2004:
Sheri Partyka shows off a beautiful porcelain clock.

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March 2004:
Al Ruppert shows off two clocks from his collection.

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January 2004:
Arnie Lacombe swears in Earl Starr as president.

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400-Day Clock Presentation:
Verlyn Kuhlmann gave an excellent presentation on 400-day clocks, including tips on putting them into beat.

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Mystery Clocks:
Verlyn Kuhlmann put on a wonderful program about mystery clocks, featuring several from his collection. The advertising wall clock for "Sealtest" you see in the second photo is a real rare find.

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Watch and Clock Photography:
John Kuraoka gave a program showing a simple method of photographing our watch and clock collections.

Click here for the article based on John's presentation
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