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    A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    Hi Everyone;

    I thought that I would share some pictures of this nice little Gruen that I just serviced. I bought this watch in rural (as if there is urban) Wyoming at a little antique shop ($10). Not running in the shop but ticking on and off by the time I got home.

    It looked like this:
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    Pretty rough dial but a good case. Sat in my project box until I got some confidence and better tools.

    The movement is a nice 17J 435.
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    So I took it to pieces and did a hand cleaning. It was so grungy that it took a couple of cleanings of everything.

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    Reassembled
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    Cleaned the dial with not great results
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    Polished the case and assembled
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    Wrist test - had to steal a strap from another watch until I get a chance to get something more suitable.
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    Movement is running well. Keeping pretty decent time. It is the quietest movement that I had ever assembled.

    Hope you enjoyed the show.
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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    I always enjoy seeing what is in the crevices of the watch. Sweet watch.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    Great thread

    Interesting read and glad to see another revived watch... Strap looks ok to me!
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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    I always enjoy seeing what is in the crevices of the watch
    This one was really nasty. Some of it was hardened and had to come off in layers with soaking in solution in between.

    Strap looks ok to me!
    Not bad, but I think I am going to go darker to play up some contrast...Besides I had to steal it off my favorite Wittnauer where it is the perfect strap.

    glad to see another revived watch
    I am pretty new to servicing...success is pretty exciting.

    Thanks for the nice comments.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    congrats on servicing the watch. always a welcome these threads and would love to have a go myself, only one i have done was an Ingersoll PW but was a nightmare to put back together, just couldn't do the balance wheel. had to send it to a watchguy i use to do that. movement looks new and that strap looks great on that watch, it as a aged look about it like the dial, goes well together. good luck in finding another strap to take its place.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    Sweet job, and a great little Gruen. I am quite enjoying the patina on the dial.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    Well done Paleotime, great job bringing this vintage Gruen back
    into use.
    I like this patinated dial, it suits a watch which is probably 70+ years old.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

    would love to have a go myself, only one i have done was an Ingersoll PW but was a nightmare to put back together, just couldn't do the balance wheel
    I have only just started working on stuff that is nice enough to wear. The balance can be tricky for sure, especially getting the roller jewel to engage the pallet fork. It really is rewarding when you get one going.

    I am quite enjoying the patina on the dial
    I like this patinated dial, it suits a watch which is probably 70+ years old.
    I like the dial patina myself. If it had cleaned up a little more even would have been ideal.

    The Ranfft website puts a date on the movement of 1941-1948. So - yup about 70 yrs. old.

    Regulating between dial up and pendant down hoping to approximate wrist wear worked good. As near as I can figure it is plus just a few seconds a day...

    Thanks for the support and nice comments.

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    Re: A nice little Gruen I serviced (before and after)

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    I love seeing old Gruens up close and personal.

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