Vintage Gruen
The forum for Gruen watch enthusiasts

Home » General Talk, Buying and Selling » Open Discussions » Gruen 460 Auto Bumper (Power reserve)
Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5328] Wed, 25 March 2015 00:44 Go to next message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
Soooo, whilst restoring a 460 bumper, I ran in to a bit of a quandry! Posted next are the questions "bumping" me!

1.) What is the power reserve for a bumper? Meaning, being that you really can't wind it like a conventional watch in that it has a bridle to keep it from being over wound, then how long should it last?

2.) Installed new mainspring, the watch started perfectly, and keeps excellent time, but on first attempt, watch ran for 6 hours and shut down.

3.) Re-wound the watch, but it would seem to me that the auto bumper should be keeping the watch running while you're wearing it, and should keep running throughout the night when the watch is off the wrist.

4.) Any comments are more than welcome.....please feel free to pitch in your 2 cents, dollars worth, or a brick through my window.


People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"

[Updated on: Wed, 25 March 2015 00:44]

Report message to a moderator

Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5329 is a reply to message #5328] Wed, 25 March 2015 01:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
GaryM is currently offline  GaryM
Messages: 1261
Registered: May 2013
Location: Seattle
Gruen Authority
Cheerleader

Out of the Gruen course in wristwatch repair, the New Gruen Auto-wind technical bulletin states: "The complete winding will be executed through the natural movements of the arm in 3 to 4 hours' time-". "Once thoroughly wound the watch is provided with a power reserve of approximately 32-35 hours' running time."

There are some really good testing scenarios for auto-winds in this book, too much to type out here.

Hope that helps.


Aqualung, my friend, don't you start away uneasy You poor old sod, you see it's only me
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5332 is a reply to message #5329] Wed, 25 March 2015 12:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Thojil is currently offline  Thojil
Messages: 625
Registered: May 2013
Location: Arzier, Switzerland
Gruen Master
I keep mine on a winder all the time, but I will take it off tonight and check for how long it will go.
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5343 is a reply to message #5332] Fri, 27 March 2015 19:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
JackW is currently offline  JackW
Messages: 1333
Registered: May 2013
Location: Denver
Gruen Authority
General pain in the rear
Site Admin
When you say "Installed new mainspring" did you use a vintage Gruen blued-steel spring or a new white-alloy spring? If blued, then it is possible it is also set. What size/length did you use? Could be too long and thus not fitting the barrel correctly.

All I know is based on hard work & writing by others. I can only aspire to augment this body of knowledge. If I am wrong it is because of my own failings. -me

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Newton
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5345 is a reply to message #5343] Fri, 27 March 2015 20:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
GaryM is currently offline  GaryM
Messages: 1261
Registered: May 2013
Location: Seattle
Gruen Authority
Cheerleader

Just a thought, if it was the old type blued-steel did you oil it down? I use that Mobile 1 all synthetic or some Vaseline.

Aqualung, my friend, don't you start away uneasy You poor old sod, you see it's only me
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5348 is a reply to message #5345] Sat, 28 March 2015 00:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
I used an authentic Gruen blue steel, cleaned it and oiled it. I have been wearing the watch for a few days now, and it seems to be running very well. I'll eventually post the photo of this one. Really nice for original age. Thanks for the information, Gary!!! Greatly appreciated! I really do love this bumper.........it has now become a favorite!

People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5349 is a reply to message #5332] Sat, 28 March 2015 00:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
Hey Thojil,


So, what was the final reserve time you got on your bumper?


People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5350 is a reply to message #5349] Sat, 28 March 2015 18:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Thojil is currently offline  Thojil
Messages: 625
Registered: May 2013
Location: Arzier, Switzerland
Gruen Master
Forgot Embarrassed Took it of the winder today 18:30 CET.

[Updated on: Sat, 28 March 2015 18:00]

Report message to a moderator

Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5352 is a reply to message #5350] Sat, 28 March 2015 22:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
That's ok....give me the next run.

People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5358 is a reply to message #5352] Mon, 30 March 2015 18:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Thojil is currently offline  Thojil
Messages: 625
Registered: May 2013
Location: Arzier, Switzerland
Gruen Master
It stopped running after 35 hours & 50 minutes, so in line with Gruen's claimed power reserve.
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5375 is a reply to message #5358] Fri, 03 April 2015 23:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
Sounds good! I actually haven't wound it now in 4 days, (wearing constantly) but will mark the time tonight, and take it off to see what happens. Thanks so very much, Thojil!!!

People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"
Re: Gruen 460 Auto Bumper [message #5401 is a reply to message #5375] Tue, 07 April 2015 00:07 Go to previous message
Timeticker is currently offline  Timeticker
Messages: 552
Registered: June 2013
Location: Somewhere in the world
Gruen Master
I got nearly 35 hours out of mine. Will probably run a bit longer as it seats in. To be exact, I got 34 hours 50 min, out of it.

People you thought were your best friends will stab you in the back to your face!

Love them anyway.
A "Paradoxical Commandment"
Previous Topic: P.T. Barnum
Next Topic: caliber database
Goto Forum:
  


Current Time: Thu Nov 15 19:54:16 UTC 2018

Total time taken to generate the page: 0.11650 seconds