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 Post subject: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:15 pm 
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I love this box, I just can't figure out exactly how to use it, LOL.

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In particular, I am trying to figure out the orientation of the keeper.

Is anyone familiar with these? It seems that the only orientation of the keeper is this angled presentation. The base the keeper is on spins, but any other position puts the watch off-center in the box: If the keeper base is spun so that the keeper is dead on, as traditional, the watch winds up off center. Hard to describe, but essentially, the keeper is not centered on the base.

I am rambling, but if you are familiar with the box, please weight in anyway. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:23 pm 
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You need to send it to me ;)

I'll find the perfect watch for it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:13 am 
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watchdoc wrote:
You need to send it to me ;)

I'll find the perfect watch for it :lol:


I actually might need to buy a watch to match the box. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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retroworx wrote:
watchdoc wrote:
You need to send it to me ;)

I'll find the perfect watch for it :lol:


I actually might need to buy a watch to match the box. :lol:

That's exactly what I was thinking :idea:

Please get out of my head :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:14 am 
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On a serious note though, have you thought about contacting "Mike the Watch guy" and asking him if he knows what watch "might" have come in that box? I've found his knowledge and understanding of all things Gruen very helpful and almost scary :o

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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I'll give him some time to see if he wanders in here.

If he doesn't, I will track him down. Like his worst stalker. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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I wouldn't wonder if the box would be related to the pass of the observatory test in 1930 which Gruen achieved with the Quadron movement.
They did advertise this incident quite often in 1930 / 1931. May be I'll find an ad showing the box?


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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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I'll dig up some examples of it in use. There was also some design awards that I believe this box received. Should be able to post 'em by the end of the day....

Where should I send your free watch Watchdoc???

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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OK, I found one watch that came in that box... the Gruen All-Star 1.

I thought this was the clamshell blue box but I looked again and it's not that one. You can see a "new old stock" All-Star 1 on the Galleries page. The owner had everything that came with the watch down to the tags and sticker on the outside of the cardboard box.

The Gallery of ID'd Watches page has this watch about 1/2 way down the page. There's a gallery of 18 images of the watch, box, etc.

It's no wander I haven't yet found anything.... I was 20 years off!

Still looking for more....

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 Post subject: Re: Gruen Observatory Box Questions
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oopps... forgot an image of the nicely staged use of the box....


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