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    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

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Gruen 50th with Swiss platinum case

thesnark17

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I've got serials on 32 of them, and so far only 4 have been platinum - nos. 1, 2, 246, and 509. 1 & 2 are Fred and George's personal watches, so I don't think they count.

If 2 in every 30 are platinum, then 40-45 were made. (The exact number would be 43 out of 650.) I suspect in reality, the number was closer to 20 or 30, since they struggled to sell them .

Others probably have more data on the 50th Anniversary watches. I've only been collecting serials on the Verithin series for 5 years, and others have been at it for longer.

Checking your case serial, I see that you've got No. 246.
 

artbissell

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I've got serials on 32 of them, and so far only 4 have been platinum - nos. 1, 2, 246, and 509. 1 & 2 are Fred and George's personal watches, so I don't think they count.

If 2 in every 30 are platinum, then 40-45 were made. (The exact number would be 43 out of 650.) I suspect in reality, the number was closer to 20 or 30, since they struggled to sell them .

Others probably have more data on the 50th Anniversary watches. I've only been collecting serials on the Verithin series for 5 years, and others have been at it for longer.

Checking your case serial, I see that you've got No. 246.
 

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Very nice Art!


Rob
 

artbissell

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ROB< Thanks for organizing my first attempt with new photo system. one last question, how did price vary originally.for the different American and Swiss cases? Was $500. not a maximum? art b.
 

artbissell

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ROB< Thanks for organizing my first attempt with new photo system. one last question, how did price vary originally.for the different American and Swiss cases? Was $500. not a maximum? art b.
50th movements all swiss made . platinum cases were extra cost. art b,
 

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