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Re: Watch case makers used by Gruen [message #4727 is a reply to message #4725] Thu, 11 December 2014 22:34 Go to previous message
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Registered: May 2013
Location: North Carolina
Gruen Guildsman

I'll take an official stop up onto the soapbox.

Not sure what to make about the lack of need of their forum. It is a free forum and it's incredibly RICH and highly organized. The "American Pocket Watches" forum has over 20,000 threads alone. And I thought the board had been archived so that that number is actually only a fraction of what's been posted. It has it's place in the universe of watch forums.

Money is often the stated reason. Maybe if it were broken down .... it'll cost ya the large price of $6 per month.

Jack has stated many of the bigger reasons for membership. One thing about chapters is that you'll sometimes find the real titans of watchmaking are members that give lessons on watch repair every month. If you are fortunate to live in say the Bay Area in California, you'll have up to 4 chapters per week you can attend.

One benefit Jack stated is one that I used when I first started and should continue to use now is the library access. They'll mail you books. Again, they will mail you books. Rare ones. GREAT ones like the Gruen ID books that are available to use for free : - ) I like the free researchers that have worked on questions we have had. These are awesome volunteers that take a good amout of their time to help others interested in horology. I would not have jumped into the world of Gruens without seeing Roy's Master Book that I checked out of the library. They have many copies, by the way, should you want to see one for a while.

The list of benefits is long if one wishes to actually read through them. It's easy to throw rocks at the NAWCC. I gripe about them too. But it's difficult for me to think about life without them. They are the one organization working hard to preserve horology - watches, clocks and the like. You can argue the AWCI is too, but it is in a different way. The NAWCC is the repository for a horological books, and has a large museum where items are archived for the future horologists.

I'll admit that the scales of benefits versus payment are, for some people, skewed in the direction of the NAWCC. Those folks are putting more in than they receive. But gosh, do ya always have to get back something physical when supporting a craft, an art, and a slowly dying one at that. I personally fail to understand the rationale of not helping out the only group trying to hold together and preserve this hobby we all share together in a way people can interact and where all things horological can be archived.

Opinion, just one opinion....

Stepping off the soapbox.

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