Joe Cerra of Lehigh Acres has been in the clock and watch repair business for most of his life. And as a collector, he's also very active in the Caloosa Chapter or the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors where he is president.
Today, Cerra, who is around 80, is as active as ever repairing clocks for folks in Lehigh and other areas of Lee County. He's recognized as an expert for much for his knowledge regarding all types of clocks.
As president of the Caloosa Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Cerra has announced something close to his heart, an Antique clock & Watch Show to be held at the Lee County Public Library on the corner of Bass Rd. and Gladiolus Drive in
"We're an active club and we meet monthly at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month except July at Whiskey Creek Country Club; in Fort Myers.
"We're always looking for new members. If you're interested in a clock, how it works, how to repair one and just plain interested in old time pieces, we'd love for you to become a member," Cerra said. At one of the last meetings, he said a sizeable group of members and those who wanted to join, turned out - everyone interested in clocks and watches," he said.
The Clock & Watch Show is free and organized by the local collectors organization. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cerra said the chapter is interested in both public service and new member recruitment.
Cerra said those who come to the show will have the opportunity to see hundreds of antique clocks and watches.
He said music boxes and unusual time keepers will be included and there will be a demonstration, several in fact, on clock repair. You'll get to see the tools used in the trace, too. You may be able to have a watch repaired at the show.
Cerra said free clock and watch appraisals will be provided free.
"If you have your father's, grandfather's or an older person's watch, like the pocket watches, bring them in whether they are working or not and we can tell you what they may be worth and very likely they can be repaired," Cerra said.
Those who bring in old clocks, old wrist watches and pocket watches can find out how old they are, too. In fact, he said most questions about time pieces can be answered.
Some watches and old time pieces were made of gold and that today has enhanced their value.
"Before you sell a gold timepiece, you should come to the show and we will be honest with you and tell you whether or not you have a valuable piece," Cerra said.
The Florida Caloosa Chapter 98 is a member of the National Association of Watch and clock Collectors.
At the show, free estimates of repair for older and antique clocks not in working condition will be given, too.
Horological door prizes will be awarded to lucky winners. According to Webster's Dictionary, horology means the science of measuring time and the art of making instruments for indicating time.
Cerra said around 500 people attended last year's show.
"There's a lot of interest in old clocks and timepieces," Cerra said. "We want to repeat that there is no admittance fee and we are eager to get new members to join us," he said.
Horologists are those interested in timepieces and keeping time. There are 130 local chapters in the U.S. Interest has been so great that there are now chapters in England, Australia, Japan and Canada.