Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Art of Watchmaking at the American Clock and Watch Museum

The American Clock and Watch Museum located on 100 Maple Street in Bristol is hosting a special lecture on the art of watchmaking on Sunday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m.  Watch expert, David Sokosh the the owner of Brooklyn Watches, a New York based company be the guest lecturer. He builds wrist watches by combining vintage Swiss pocket watch movements from the 1960's and 70's, a variety of dials and contemporary stainless steel wrist watch cases.

Sokosh has always been fascinated by the late nineteenth century, from furniture to printing presses to clocks.  He studied traditional gelatin silver photography at Western Connecticut State University, but his muse led him to explore wet-plate collodion and tintype, techniques used by Matthew Brady during the Civil War.  In the middle of his college career, he took time off to apprentice with a clockmaker, in Bethel, CT, and learned about antique mechanical clocks, which led to an interest in mechanical watches, which led to his creation of Brooklyn Watches, in 2009.

He began selling his watches at the Brooklyn Flea and on the web. To date he has built and sold nearly 500 of these unusual mechanical watches. 

Sokosh will speak about the history of clocks and watches, his interest in vintage technologies, and how he started Brooklyn Watches while disassembling and then re-assembling one of his time pieces.

A reception with light refreshments will be held prior to the program. The event is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets for this special program in advance, please call the museum  860-583-6070 or drop by when the museum is open--seven days a week, from 10-5. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

About  The American Clock & Watch Museum 
 The museum houses one of the largest collections of American clocks and watches in the world with approximately 6,000 timepieces in its collection. As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, many timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour.  Located in the historic "Federal Hill" district of Bristol, the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden that is meticulously maintained by the members of the Bristol Garden Club.

The museum is open daily  from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There is an admission charge. For more information, call 860-583-6070 or go to

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