Monthly Archives: August 2011

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

As much as I love the Alpina Gruen Quadron as a watch, this one has come the closest to being thrown into a parts box more times than any other watch in my collection. So far three parts movements have been purchased due to it falling off my bench twice, both times resulting in broken pivots. I now keep a folded blanket directly below the bench when working on it. No others need this precaution as it’s only this one that seems to have suicidal tendencies.

Being as it may it was my first so it has that place reserved on the shelf along with my Gruen Touchdown and Bumper. As it stands the balance staff has to be removed from the rim and put into another then poised. The present balance is scarred from some very sloppy staking and regulating. When it’s finally finished there will be a small party to celebrate.

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

Dressing watch oilers

Dressing watch oilers

Many collectors come across the frustration of oiling early on and the cheap oilers offered for sale make the task even more difficult. The problem with cheap oilers is the manufacturing dies are rarely up to par creating a a .40mm or smaller tip required to properly load and dispense the amounts needed. This can be remedied in a few minutes with a staking set, sanding stick and buff when you know how.

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