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  • 12 Apr 2018 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I thank everyone that has been participating in the members forum. It is a good place to find help or lend help when needed. Also to have conversations with a great group of people. If you haven't yet subscribed to the forum I encourage you to.

    We also have a new blog on the website, you can find the blog by clicking on the blog tab on the website. Joel Held came to me with the idea, and I happy to have him start the new blog titled "In A Material World". I would encourage you to take a few minutes and read it, and keep checking back each month for a new post.

    We also have sponsorship opportunities on the members forum page. If you would be interested in helping the club or would like any additional info please let me know.

    As always if you have any suggestions or questions please reply back to this email or email me personally. I am happy to help and want to make this a great club for everyone.

    Michael Griner, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 07 Mar 2018 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I encourage everyone if you haven't already to update your membership. Membership is free and only takes moments to renew. With being a member you are gained access to the members forum that is now hosted on our own website. I strongly suggest clicking the subscribe button on the members forum page. With doing that you will get a daily email of the forums activity. I have found the forum personally very helpful when I had questions or needed an item. We have a great group of members that are happy to help each other.


    Keep an eye out for a new blog that is in the works. I am excited for it, and will have more details soon.


    As always if you have any suggestions or questions please reply back to this email or email me personally. I am happy to help and want to make this a great club for everyone.


    Michael Griner, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 02 Feb 2018 12:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I encourage everyone if you haven't already to update your membership. Membership is free and only takes moments to renew. With being a member you are gained access to the members forum that is now hosted on our own website. I strongly suggest clicking the subscribe button on the members forum page. With doing that you will get a daily email of the forums activity. I have found the forum personally very helpful when I had questions or needed an item. We have a great group of members that are happy to help each other.

    I also would like to take this time and us it as "member spotlight"on myself to get to better know me. I started my watch love very young always amazed by my grandfather's watch her wore. I started my watchmakers career about 7 years ago as an apprentice to an older watchmaker from Poland. After a about a year I took my first class at AWCI, after that I took any and every class I could take. I wanted to soak up as much as I could on the theory and techniques as I could. In March of 2015 I passed the Omega Watchmaker Evaluation 1120. And in October of 2016 I passed the AWCI Certified Watchmaker of the Twenty-First Century. I know I still have stuff to learn and I make it a goal to learn something new every day.

    As always if you have any suggestions or questions please reply back to this email or email me personally. I am happy to help and want to make this a great club for everyone.



    Michael Griner, CW21

    President of the Chronometer Club  

  • 01 Jan 2018 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope everyone had a wonderful and prosperous holiday season. The time has come to renew your Chronometer club membership. Membership is free, just click on the link at the bottom of this email and it will take you site to renewal.

    I encourage everyone to subscribe to the forum this is the easiest way to stay up to date on the forum. It only takes a moment and you will get a daily email on the forum topics and posts.

    I am here to help grow this group, so if you have any questions or ideas to which would help improve our club. You are more than welcome to email me by replying to this email.

    Thank you and happy new year,

    Michael Griner, CW21

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 11 Dec 2017 7:58 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    First off would like to thank everyone for letting me take the role as president. I will do my best to help the club grow and advance like Justin Shiver did. 


    I would like to remind everyone of the excellent forum that we have on the Chronometer Club website. The forum allows a platform for broader horology related discussion, while respecting the wishes of those who only want to engage in technical discussions. The Member’s Forum accomplishes this by offering each member more control over the content he/she chooses to view. Settings for Daily, Weekly, or Immediately posting notifications are accessed through email subscriptions (edit profile) under each member’s profile. These settings are similar to the delivery options available through the Yahoo Group. The ability to subscribe to topics of interest is what sets the Member’s Forum apart from the Yahoo Group. The Subscribe to Topic function allows each member to subscribe to topics of interest and avoid topics they do not wish to view. It is this ability that allows the Member’s Forum to host technical and non-technical horology related discussions for the benefit of all members. http://thechronometerclub.org/



    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me or the other officers. Contact information for the club’s Officers is available at http://thechronometerclub.org/page-1454841



    Happy Holidays,


    Michael Griner, CW21


    President


    The Chronometer Club



  • 18 Oct 2017 10:56 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    The 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Educational Seminar was October 4, 2017. The day started with the Educational Seminar presented by Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21. The first part of the presentation focused on the history and development of chronometer timepieces. Mr. Tope engaged the class in a discussion sharing his experiences while servicing/restoring several types of chronometer watches. The second part of the seminar focused on the utilization of CAD-CAM technology in the restoration of timepieces. Mr. Tope presented an overview of the basics of CNC and CAD-CAM. This was followed by a demonstration of making a setting bridge and ratchet wheel using a small CNC milling machine.


    During the business meeting, elections for new Officers were held. Please join me in congratulating the newly elected Officers.


    Michael Griner – President

    Wesley Simmons – Vice President

    Tamara Houk - Treasurer


    Thank you for volunteering your time to serve the members of The Chronometer Club. 


    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI

    Immediate Past President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 27 Sep 2017 11:52 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    The AWCI convention has been moved due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The Chronometer Club Educational Seminar and Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center located at 513 S Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602.


    Space is still available for the Educational Seminar presented by Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21. The seminar will be a two part program with the first part focusing on Chronometer Watches, and the second part focusing on the use of Cad-Cam & CNC for Watch Repair. I had the opportunity to review some of the topics Mr. Tope will be covering this morning, and I can’t wait to see the entire program. If you would like to register, please go to www.thechronometerclub.org, sign in, and click on the EVENTS tab.


    Valet parking is available at the Embassy Suites for $22/day. Self-parking is also available at the Convention Center Garage and South Regional Garage at $1.60/hour, maximum of $9.50/day.


    During the business meeting elections will be held for Officers. If you or someone you know is interested in joining The Chronometer Club leadership, please contact myself or other Officers with the nominations. You do not have to be present to be nominated or elected.


    My third term as President is coming to an end, and I am not eligible for another term. During my time as President, I have had the opportunity to work alongside some wonderful people. I would like to express my gratitude to all those that have contributed to the success of The Chronometer Club. It has been an honor to serve this group.


    I hope to see you at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center next week.


    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI

    President

    The Chronometer Club


  • 05 Jul 2017 8:37 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    I would like to begin this message by announcing Mr. Ernest Tope, CMW21 will be presenting this year’s Educational Seminar on October 4 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport – Westshore in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Tope has served the club in various leadership positions over the years and has spent over a year developing this year’s program. Please keep a close eye on club communications as more detailed information about the presentation will be coming soon.


    It has been almost three years since I was first elected President of The Chronometer Club. As stated in the club’s bylaws, a member may not serve more than three consecutive terms as President. It has been an honor to serve the club as President, and now it is time for another member to take over this leadership position. The elections of officers will be held at the Annual Business Meeting on October 4, 2017. If you are interested in serving as an officer, please review the club’s bylaws for the requirements and responsibilities associated with the club’s leadership positons. I will be glad to assist any member who is interested and may have questions.


    As stated in the recent forum announcement, activity on the Yahoo Group will come to a close on August 31, 2017 and beginning September 1, 2017, all forum communications will be hosted on the Member’s Forum at www.thechronometerclub.org. I ask for your patience during this transition process. I am confident as you become more familiar with the Member Forum’s capabilities, you will agree it offers a platform that addresses the needs of all members. If you have any questions or need assistance during this transition, please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of leadership. 

     

    Justin Shiver, CW21, MBHI


    President


    The Chronometer Club


  • 30 Jun 2017 6:00 PM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    In November 2014, leadership began the process of transitioning all club communications through the club’s website. It is now time to take the final step of this process. Activity on the Yahoo Group will come to a close on August 31, 2017, and will move to the Member’s Forum on www.thechronometerclub.org. Members will continue to have access to information posted on the Yahoo Group prior to August 31, 2017, but beginning September 1, 2017, all forum communications will be hosted on the Member’s Forum. 


    The Member’s Forum was launched in December 2015 to offer club members a platform for broader horology related discussion, while respecting the wishes of those who only want to engage in technical discussions. The Member’s Forum accomplishes this by offering each member more control over the content he/she chooses to view. Settings for Daily, Weekly, or Immediately posting notifications are accessed through email subscriptions (edit profile) under each member’s profile. These settings are similar to the delivery options available through the Yahoo Group. The ability to subscribe to topics of interest is what sets the Member’s Forum apart from the Yahoo Group. The Subscribe to Topic function allows each member to subscribe to topics of interest and avoid topics they do not wish to view. It is this ability that allows the Member’s Forum to host technical and non-technical horology related discussions for the benefit of all members.


    In addition to allowing members more content options, the Member’s Forum also offers a platform to promote club sponsors.  These features are still under development, but in the near future, the logos of club sponsors will be displayed on the forum. In addition to the display of sponsor logos, advertisers will have the capability to attach a link to their logo to allow members to view promotions or advertisements being offered. These capabilities should make it more convenient for club members to access and support the sponsors of the club.

    Members of leadership will be available to assist those who have questions or need assistance during this transition. Contact information for the club’s Officers is available at http://www.thechronometerclub.org/page-1454841.


  • 03 Apr 2017 9:55 AM | Justin Shiver (Administrator)

    Written by Dennis Warner, CW21


    If you have been a member of the CC for any period of time, I am sure you have seen the name Clay Minton.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting with him many times, but I never got to know him well. This interview has made clear his love for horology and jewelry.

    Clay was born in Fort Worth, Texas  in 1950. His education consisted of:


    • Desert High School, Edwards Air Force Base, CA  1968
    • A.S. Tarrant County Jr. College, Ft Worth, TX  1970
    • B.S. Texas Wesleyan University, Ft Worth, TX  1972
    • M.S. Utah State University, Logan, UT  1973



    He started his watchmaking training with his father at age 12. He then proceeded onto the Fort Worth School of Watchmaking where upon graduation became a watchmaking  instructor.

    In 1982, he returned to work with his father until his father passed away.

    Clay's activities outside of his business include:

    Being a member of AWCI, NAWCC, The Chronometer Club, and advisor to the Texas Institute of Jewelry at Paris, Tx. In 2003, his activity in his church got him featured as a Christian Watchmaker in "Evangel International Magazine". Other publications where he has been published:


    • The Horological Times
    • Stuller's "From the Bench"
    • Watch Repair Times
    • The New Jeweler


    He has been profiled by Jewelers as a "Industry Star" in 2001 and titled "Careers in the Jewelry Industry".

    His work load consists of mid to high grade watches and is referred by Zodiac  to customers who are wanting to get their vintage Zodiacs repaired,

    Along with his wife Sharon and two daughters, they are very active in their church, the Church of God, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, Pastor's Advisory Council, and Christian Education Committee.

    In their leisure time, they have raised quarter horses and enjoy calf roping and trail riding.

    You can see how active he is, but he always has time for tips for our organization. I remember his tips on how tight a screw should be and where to send your high priced dial for refinishing.

    Clay, thanks for your input to The Chronometer Club. 



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