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Gruen Doctors, my latest project...

#1 Post by EdK » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:16 pm

My latest purchase. Minutes after opening the mail I totally dismantled the movement, cleaned all parts and reassembled, cleaned the original dial, cut and fit a new glass crystal, added a new band and installed it on my wrist within 3 hours; HAPPY!!!
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Re: Gruen Doctors, my latest project...

#2 Post by Barney Green » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:56 pm

3 hours work? Unbelievable...

Congratulations, I love it!

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#3 Post by JackW » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:19 pm

That is pretty darn nice. I'd be excited to have that COA'd ASAP too.

Did you have the mainspring on hand?

I see you replaced the second hand with one more fitting to the size of the track.

Excellent work!
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Re: Gruen Doctors, my latest project...

#4 Post by EdK » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:32 am

Thank you! Yes, I could not open the box fast enough and get started. Yes. I had a white alloy mainspring I bought for another one of these watches but decided to use it on this project instead. And I found a "suitable" size second hand in my stash that looks good on the watch. Corners are worn on the case which is typical for these but I may leave as-is, not as noticeable once I cleaned the case.

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#6 Post by SFC » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:43 pm

Cleaned up very well! I have owned so many Gruen watches over the years but surprisingly no doctor's or quadrons or really any of the deco wristwatches

I have come to the conclusion that there is actually a lot of variety in the personality types of folks who like and work on watches. I have met many super slow watchmakers that are ultra meticulous. Double and triple checking everything, polishing the important metal on metal surfaces, stopping to source whatever part has a little too much wear that isn't up to their standard, messing with the hairsprings to attempt to get it flat and true, and putting the non-movable stud escapements perfectly in-beat, stoning screws to get rid of burrs etc.. I always worry about these folks but in the end I know they can't help themselves. I have also met just as many watch repairers that are always going full steam ahead. I tell them its not a race lol. So many different types of watch enthusiasts.

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