A Message from the President

I would like to welcome anyone with an interest in clocks and/or watches, whether as a collector, clock or watchmaker, craftsman, enthusiast or just as a casual visitor to our web site.

The HOROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA (HAV) was formed in October 1939 for the purpose of promoting cooperation among the horologists (watchmakers) throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and surrounding locales. In the ensuing years, HAV's spectrum has broadened to include not only the watchmaker, but also the clockmaker, bench jeweler, retail jeweler, and others included in this micro-precision industry. The scope of HAV has also expanded with the purpose of offering education to its members in the latest techniques, up to date technology, and the prompting of fair trade practices.

Early members included such horological luminaries as Marvin Whitney, George McNeil and Paul Fisk.
The HAV is comprised of three Guilds.  The largest is the Potomac Guild with members drawn from Northern Virginia, D.C. and southern Maryland.  The Guild meets monthly on the first Tuesday in Fairfax City to conduct live educational lectures and demonstrations.  The Potomac Guild also sponsors the highly successful Clock Repair course which for decades has not only introduced generations of clock enthusiasts to the field but has also honed the skills of those who attend on a continuous basis. The class meets for 3 hours twice weekly during each school semester.  Two full time instructors teach the course and guide the hands on students.  Dave Staib is in charge of the class.  The email address of the Class is havclockrepairclass@gmail.com and for additional information concerning the Guild please contact Barry Boling, bbwatch@verizon.net for details.

The Tri City Guild holds their meetings on the third Tuesday of each month in Richmond. Please Contact Jim Adams, izzy1300@aol.com for details.  

The Southside Guild holds its meetings on the third Monday of odd months in Bedford. Please contact Clarence Hardy, 1clockdoc@gmail.com or Billy Best, Groovemaster2000@juno.com for details.

The Horological Association of Virginia welcomes all to come to any of our meetings.  Membership is growing as is interest in the field of horology. The statewide membership meetings include our Annual Convention which lasts two day with multiple presentations and courses for clocks and watches running concurrently.  There is also an annual day long Fall Seminar held in Charlottesville featuring a morning Clock presentation, working lunch business meeting of the Board of Directors and an afternoon Watch program.  Again, all are invited to participate, learn and enjoy.  Please feel free to contact me directly via clockappraisal@wildblue.net or by cell 845-325-5071.
Joseph M. Jabbour, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The HOROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA (HAV) was formed in October 1939 for the purpose of promoting cooperation among the horologists (watchmakers) throughout the state of Virginia and surrounding locales. In the ensuing years, HAV's spectrum has broadened to include not only the watchmaker, but also the clockmaker, bench jeweler, retail jeweler, and others included in this micro-precision industry. The scope of HAV has also expanded with the purpose of offering education to its members in the latest techniques, up to date technology, and the prompting of fair trade practices.

Membership in HAV is a real advantage in this modern day of rapidly changing technologies. Frequently the bench person is left behind because of the lack of direct affiliation with the retail market. HAV attempts to bridge that gap through one of its most valuable assets, the Local Guild. Currently there are four guilds throughout the state of Virginia. This smaller group of your fellow trades people, meet on a regular basis, to help breakdown the complexity, and open the door to a better understanding if this industry. Backed by the direct and complete affiliation of the HAV, your local guild becomes a hotline to the answers you need NOW!

The following is a brief summary of the many` things HAV is actively doing for each of its members:

• Technical Library = "For exclusive use of member guilds to include technical bulletins, slide narration programs, and audio and video programs.

• Speakers Bureau - A program by which member guilds may obtain speakers from throughout the U.S.

• Technical Seminars - Held once a year, in the fall, for members to receive hands-on training in a variety of specialties from well-known-experts in their field.

• Annual Convention - Held once a year in the spring, for members to attend training and informational seminars conducted by experts with up to the minute procedures and ideas. A good opportunity for all members to enjoy some entertainment and to meet and network with other members from throughout the state.

• Loupes and Tweezers - The official HAV newsletter, published every three months to keep members abreast of pertinent activities in and around Virginia, and provide bench tips and other information.

• Magazine Subscriptions - Members can order, at reduced prices, subscriptions to a group of trade magazines, offered throughout the industry.

• Membership Certificate and Lapel Pin - For all new members announcing proud participation in HAV.

• National Publicity - With the affiliation of a leading association in the country, the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.

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