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    The National Watch and Clock Museum is a relatively lesser known museum. It's 1 of 2 surviving horological museums in the East Coast U.S. The other one is in CT and smaller than this one here in PA. I was down in PA to close my house, and took my old dad along with me. We took the chance to go sightseeing in the weekend, and this was one of the places we went. We had a great time checking out the exhibits.

    Below is a small example of what's displayed in the museum, primarily focused on quartz and digital watches as it's where my interest is in (as well as what this forum community primarily interested in). There are tons of exhibits for grandfather clocks, pocket watches and mechanical watches. If you are a vintage watches lovers, you could spend hours in there. Just note that a museum like this won't last forever, due to the reduce in interests to clocks and watches from one generation to the next. What's in there is a horological history frozen in time. It's a highly valuable learning experience for children and adults alike.

    So I say, at least go check it out, if you are not too far away. Take your kids, as they have lots of activities for kids and then take them to eat ice cream after in the nearby ice cream factory. Of course, you can make monetary donations and also donate your vintage watches / clocks (if you have any) to the exhibits. Large part of the exhibits were donations from watch fans like us. In fact, as you see later, they can use a donation of a vintage G-Shock or two.

    Beautiful clocks and architecture outside the museum.
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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Unfortunately, neither of these clocks were adjusted to current time.
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    James Bond digital watches (mostly Seikos) used by Sir Roger Moore.
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    First calculator watch / patent in U.S. and first "Energy Cell" from Hamilton.
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    First Timex quartz.
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    First radio controlled (atomic) clock.
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    Oh, look a watchmaker's bench.
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    Hey dude how long you need to take to make my clock case? Is just carpentry, how hard can it be?
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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    I know the question you guys want to ask: is there a G-Shock in the museum.

    The answer: Yes, just 1.
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    Of all the vintage Gs, they have to pick a negative 6900 from 2012! They need at least a DW5600C, if not a DW5000 the original G! May be someone here can donate one to them.

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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    As explained in the poster below American watch industry was in decline after WWII. One of them that eventually closed its door and moved to Switzerland was Hamilton. The old Hamilton manufacturing facility still exists today as a school and condos. It's about 10 miles from the museum, so we paid a visit to the old site as well.

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    The main architectural characteristics of the old Hamilton factory were the twin clock towers. They are still standing today. This is the East clock tower. The front gates still have the letters "H" and "W" as in Hamilton Watches.
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    Here you can see the West clock tower, with the East clock tower obscured by a tree.
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    Museum exhibit of a model of the factory.
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    I don't have a Hamilton, sorry. But a G-Shock will do.
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    So that's it for all my pictures for the visit to both the museum and the Hamilton old site. Again, a museum like this won't last forever without supports, it's a responsibility for watch fans like us to contribute and to keep it going for the next generation to see.
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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Great report! Thank you

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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Thanks for sharing

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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Very interesting, thanks for taking us with you.

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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Very cool, thanks for sharing
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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    that was awesome...thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    yeah they definitely need a better vintage G-Shock

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    Re: A Visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum

    Very interesting and thank you for taking the time and sharing your pictures of your visit to the NAWCC and the old Hamilton Watch facility.

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