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I have several items to either giveaway or exchange for something else Gruen. I'm thinking a holiday exchange on the forum would make a nice holiday event.

Do you have any interest in participating?

I would also like to hear your ideas if you have any.

[Updated on: Sun, 26 November 2017 18:48]

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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8480 is a reply to message #8474] Mon, 27 November 2017 03:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am.

One of the members in the Boulder NAWCC chapter gave me a bunch of Gruen watches from the 60s. I have been holding them for an occasion such as this or a contest.


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8488 is a reply to message #8480] Thu, 30 November 2017 04:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Bump...

The downward trend of social media participation. That's probably a good thing among us and hope the Gruen spirit is still thriving among us.

I was hoping to draw from a virtual hat and exchange some cheer among us for the holiday. Jack is in so I'll use us as our example.

Here it goes.

We all go into the virtual hat and draw.

index.php?t=getfile&id=3513&private=0

What do you know, I picked Jack! So I post a clue of what I would send as a token for the holiday.

____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________
Jack, you were a good boy!!! This is what's coming your way:

It is square, could it be Paris?
The case is either silver or stainless, however I know you like the white cased watches.
It needs work, although the case in pristine and the dial is very nice.
I suspect this is 1920-30's era piece.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Gary
____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________

After Jack receives the holiday cheer, he posts a picture.

http://www.drshahidmasood.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/B4JIaqGCAAA0lVn.jpg

So far it looks like Jack and I might be the only ones to share some Gruen holiday cheer.

There is still time...

[Updated on: Thu, 30 November 2017 04:34]

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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8489 is a reply to message #8488] Thu, 30 November 2017 05:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think I can make a goodie bag. So I will join. Smile

Santa hasn't arived yet. But Sinterklaas is in the Netherlands!


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8490 is a reply to message #8489] Fri, 01 December 2017 03:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Darn tooting I've been good.

but not so good that I might still deserve a switching from Sinterklaas. Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8491 is a reply to message #8490] Sat, 02 December 2017 18:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We're going to have an easy time of this exchange it is just the three of us....

Here are the visitors from the last week...

afire
GaryM
MonKee
veritas123
timeliz
Barney Green
Jenneke
JackW
C. Hurt
Timeticker
Bazzab
kastner
Thojil
Nickgeib

What are all of you waiting for?


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8492 is a reply to message #8491] Sat, 02 December 2017 20:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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OK Jack, you got me. I just feared that the distance would make it too difficult to particpate. But Jennecke is as abroad as I am and Thojil is also a few thousand miles away...

Gruen, Gruen, Gruen ist alles was ich habe... Gruen, Gruen, Gruen is all I have...(German folklore song)
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8493 is a reply to message #8491] Sat, 02 December 2017 20:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm interested but, what kind of exchange are we talking about?
I'm not ready to get rid of my collection yet. Very Happy

Maybe a wish list for those participating would make it easier to come up with gift ideas?
Just a thought.


"Some days are diamonds, some days are stones..." -John Denver
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8499 is a reply to message #8493] Sun, 03 December 2017 01:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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timeliz wrote on Sat, 02 December 2017 20:02
I'm interested but, what kind of exchange are we talking about?
I'm not ready to get rid of my collection yet. Very Happy
Oh I wish I could say that. I keep collecting but never get to the bench to get them in order and in my finished collection. Though with the way the NAWCC is going that might change.

timeliz wrote on Sat, 02 December 2017 20:02
Maybe a wish list for those participating would make it easier to come up with gift ideas?
Just a thought.
Yes maybe a wish list or we post hints and do a pink elephant exchange, not sure how we could do that. If this looks too hard to do, especially for other countries we could all just exchange cards.

I don't want this to be hard, something that takes little effort, I know how busy the holidays get.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8500 is a reply to message #8499] Sun, 03 December 2017 03:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Honestly I was not really sure what you were suggesting be exchanged. As to your latest suggestion of a Pink Elephant I thought maybe you were getting into that legal agriculture product you folks in in west seem to be fond of. However after consulting a higher authority, Google, I see that it's a gift exchange where the tackier the better. I am uniquely qualified for that because I have some watches that will take divine intervention to save. At any rate count me in.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8501 is a reply to message #8499] Sun, 03 December 2017 03:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Is it too late to get in on this? If not Im in, but I dont have too much Gruen stuff.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8502 is a reply to message #8501] Sun, 03 December 2017 04:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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ok...Here's a clue for somthing timely I wouldn't mind receiving:

She missed the 816 train but it wasn't solely her fault.
Her closest buddy had gone missing and she became unhinged, unable to cope.
She wandered for days, gritting her teeth against the cold, searching....she is lost.
He had always been there for her, grounding her, and keeping her in line.
They were lost. They missed the train.




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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8509 is a reply to message #8501] Sun, 03 December 2017 20:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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semroc wrote on Sun, 03 December 2017 03:30
Is it too late to get in on this? If not Im in, but I dont have too much Gruen stuff.
Not too late, and new-comers are welcome... encouraged even.

Liz.... That was some clue.

Maybe there needs to be rules on value, and horologically related (or more stictly, Gruen related...or not). Beyond that, keep it simple.

As to the pink elephant... The caving club I belonged to for years, some people didn't get that the idea was 'some value'. Too often people would neatly wrap a small stack of 5 year New Yorker Magazines and think it was appropriate. Just citing an extreme end of that spectrum.

Gary, this is your puppy... I'll go with what ever.


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8510 is a reply to message #8509] Mon, 04 December 2017 15:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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JackW wrote on Sun, 03 December 2017 20:44
Gary, this is your puppy... I'll go with what ever.

OK folks...I believe there is too much variation from what to exchange, how to exchange and the oceans between us. This exchange is cancelled but I'm planning to send out cards to those I already have addresses for.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8512 is a reply to message #8510] Tue, 05 December 2017 04:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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GaryM wrote on Mon, 04 December 2017 15:52
This exchange is cancelled
That's a bummer.


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8517 is a reply to message #8512] Tue, 05 December 2017 23:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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JackW wrote on Tue, 05 December 2017 04:33
GaryM wrote on Mon, 04 December 2017 15:52
This exchange is cancelled
That's a bummer.
Yes a real bummer. I'm not seeing much enthusiasm in the member base over the last year. I take blame on this as I too have gotten too busy to post or get into a Gruen mystery.

Here was my clue. I'm sure it would have been nice for most of us, even the ladies of the forum. This one has been sitting for over a year in my been drawer with all my other heads. Just needs hands and a crystal, case is pristine.

index.php?t=getfile&id=3521&private=0
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8518 is a reply to message #8517] Wed, 06 December 2017 04:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Gary that's a really nice watch. It would have been a nice watch to exchange as a gift but only to a select few. I would think there only about a half dozen members who could repair that watch into running condition. Sometimes I think it's easy for those that possess that ability to forget that most of us can't do anything with such a watch except put it in another drawer. So I would suggest to you that why should I be enthusiastic about another Gruen that needs repair when I have dozens already needing repair. Personally I would appreciate some postings on how to do some basic things like removing hands, cleaning the dial and case. I envy those that attend local meetings and actually learn something. I tried that and was disappointed to find that I was the only one there that had any interest in Wristwatches. They were all Clock and Pocket Watch people that had no interest in anything worn on the wrist and certainly not interested in anything with the name Gruen. So I guess what I am saying is if you want the membership to grow then some of you are going to have to find ways to educate the base so grow is possible.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8519 is a reply to message #8518] Wed, 06 December 2017 16:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I could put together a collection of odds and ends. Mostly post-1935 NOS parts and a few project watches. Due to the limited scope of my collecting, there's a very steep drop off from things I wouldn't let go, straight to odds and ends with very little in-between.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8520 is a reply to message #8519] Wed, 06 December 2017 21:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mr monkee, I agree with what you wrote. Although I wouldn't mind a Gruen orne project watch 😉. Maybe the instructions should even be simpler. For example, how do I ensure that my watchmaker delivers what I expect.
Lesson 1: chances are that after replacing the dial or the glass, the watch is no longer running. Put at front on the repair ticket that the watch works. Continue to persevere until the problem is solved.
Lesson 2: if you do not want the broken glass to be replaced by plastic, say it. otherwise you will get plastic.
Lesson 3: if you say you want glass, specify this further. otherwise it may just be that the glass is sticking out.

Anyway, I have been quiet for a while. In the coming weeks I post some watches that need identifying. Drawer watch or not. Smile


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8524 is a reply to message #8520] Thu, 07 December 2017 03:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Monty... er Monkey,

Quote:
how to do some basic things like removing hands, cleaning the dial and case.
But there are lots of sources that explain this. Both videos and books. There is even the Gruen-centric booklet, the Horological Manual from 1947. Are you suggesting a section of "how-to-dos"? Does it matter if the dial/movement doesn't say Gruen?


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8525 is a reply to message #8524] Thu, 07 December 2017 04:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Jack, I am not suggesting reinventing the wheel. However it's very obvious that you and a select group of others use some techniques that aren't going to be found in a 70 year old publication. One that comes to my mind is that you use a Silver Cleaner to give new life to at least some dials. I would love to see a video on that. I am not wanting to know how to repair a movement but I sure would like to learn how in Automotive terms to "Detail" a watch. Repairing a movement is likely not realistic for the average member but making their grandfathers watch look good again probably is an attainable goal.
Re: Holiday exchange [message #8528 is a reply to message #8525] Fri, 08 December 2017 03:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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MonKee wrote on Thu, 07 December 2017 04:55
One that comes to my mind is that you use a Silver Cleaner to give new life to at least some dials.
Next time I'm cleaning a dial, I'll make a video to share. That is easy enough.


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Re: Holiday exchange [message #8529 is a reply to message #8528] Fri, 08 December 2017 21:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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So in re-thinking this exchange and the variations we all have, skills, distance, the goods, etc...A new thread will start in the Gruen Chit-Chat forum titled "Holiday Giveaway". Folks can post items for giveaway to the first takers via private message to the originator.

You can post clues if you wish to giveaway items that way. I might do a mystery item.

This doesn't have to be Gruen horological items but prefer it to be horological if possible.

Re: Holiday exchange [message #8577 is a reply to message #8529] Fri, 15 December 2017 22:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hey.......if not too late............I'm in! Been busy playing Army and not much time for anything else.

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I hear you Tomas! Hey no time like the present to jump in. Holidays do last into the new year.
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