New York City, 1866
A few men sat in a tavern, engrossed in horological discussion. It was just after the Civil War and they were German emigres. The New World needed watchmakers, and these men answered the call.
Here, in this tavern, they found a comradeship around their mutual interests. They agreed to start an organization which would represent their craft and fellow watchmakers. The first formal meeting was in March 1866. A library was formed, lectures were provided and their membership grew.
Members of Note
Through the years, many illustrious horologists were members of the Horological Society of New York. To mention just three; past president Henry B. Fried, an internationally renowned horologist and author. William Samelius, dean of the Elgin Watchmakers College. Paul Chamberlain, internationally famous engineer and author of the standard book on escapement, It’s About Time.
On February 26, 1966, the Horological Society of New York celebrated its 100th anniversary with a gala banquet. The importance of the occasion was highlighted by a proclamation by the then Mayor of New York City, John. V. Lindsay, declaring that date as Horological Society of New York Day.
Looking to the Future
The Horological Society of New York looks forward to a bright future pursuing the art and science of watchmaking. On March 29, 2016, the 150th anniversary of the Horological Society of New York was commemorated with a gala celebration at the General Society Library in Midtown Manhattan.