Ok.......so getting older can be a real pain,but at least once a year the "ebay money" fairy
pays a visit and off we go for a browse.I set out to get a new strap and got a Gruen instead.
I have seen a few Gruen`s in the fora and they always looked kinda classy and refined at the same
time.I have heard many a story too about there pocket watches and thier movements are termed
Quality with a dotted "i" crossed "t"and capital "Q".But unfortunately there are people out there that either
don`t appreciate good craftmanship or treat material objects with disdain,watches included.
As with the watch i just bought which has been a victim of both.
It`s a Gruen precision from about 1960 ish.The gold plated case is fairly slim for an auto,
and weighs next to nothing on the wrist.The dial reads Gruen precision at top,auto wind at
bottom,and ra swiss ra at very bottom.(I`m explaining the details because my photo`s are horrible)
The crystal it had on it when i got it was loose and had a crack near the edge.But i dont know
whether it was original and just missing the expansion ring or whether it was originally
fitted with a seal.I found a tight fitting replacement and clawed it into place,it looks ok.
The dial is beat up with small scratches,loss of gloss in places and a wave of distortion
around the edge where someone has tried to lever it up without loosing the dial foot screws
first.There must be a special key for this purpose and since i dont own one i had to make
my own distortions to get to the dial foot screws and when the service was finished i then
had to correct the damage i had made,not too hard on a soft aluminium dial but definitely
the wrong way to go about it.
When i first recieived the watch it was just as the seller stated,not running,sold as spares
or repair,these words don`t scare me as much as they used to.
The seller`s photo`s told another story though,not one screw head looked to have ever seen
the end of a screw driver(pristine),so i figured as long as the pallet stones and impulse jewel
were still there (unlikely to have a broken mainspring)then it probably just needed a good clean.
Eager to get started i forgot my parts tray was in use by another project and had to finish that first.
A week later i put the final touch ups to the other project and satisfied with the result
reclaimed my tray to start on the Gruen diagnosis.
Ok............it winds,it sets,the rotor spins and with gentle influence from the end of a toothpick
to the wheel hiding under the bridge...........it runs..but only for about ten seconds.Good it`s all
there.It is a N 710 ss automatic that manual winds as well.
The tear down and inspect found no faults and the individual components are all quality made.The cleaning
and reassembly went ok,and now it runs fine.The rotor has excessive play i think,so i flared out the legs
of the movement holder ring and added an o`ring to the case back,the rotor spins without touching the case
I like wearing it even though the strap was something i pinched off a Hong Kong made Bulova quartz ,
its a good color and will look for a better one in the same shade,trouble is though, when i go looking for
a new strap I somehow end up buying a watch:D