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1894 Colombus Railway King

Thu, 28 February 2019 20:29

Model name : Columbus Watch CO
Type : Pocket Watch
Period/date : 1894-1895
Gender : Gents

Case Maker : Waltham
Case Material : Coin Silver
Case Serial : 4145
Case Style no : Closed Face Hunter

Caliber : Unknown
Movement Maker : Columbus
Movement Serial: 230256

Bracelet : None

Other info : Stamped "Railway King". For all who knows this could have been re-cased or even redialed. I've seen other examples with the locomotive dial. Stories of Hampden copyright infringements with the railway wording could make this one hidden from infringement.

Came with a dozen or so other very nice gems. I'd have to say I'm no PW collector but money will always make someone do what they never thought possible. Shocked Equate this transaction to the likes of buying Amazon stock today at the price when it went IPO, insane!




1910's and prior | 1 comment

My smallest dialed Gruen!

Mon, 28 January 2019 00:08

No kidding! The crystal is 8.5 mm sq....about .5mm larger than my pinky fingernail.
You'll notice the watch head is sitting on a penny.
It's a WR 803 cal 275. The movement runs and keeps time!


Dec.21, 1954 Doris ad:

Watch Tables | 13 comments

My Gruen watches.

Sun, 27 January 2019 20:26

I need a place to post my watches.

Any corrections are appreciated.

Strap 61: (can't wait to change padded strap out)

Like a Strap 124 but it is reinforced green gold filled:

A Cartouche that I did not ID yet. 14k gold & sapphires.

Put a vintage pigskin strap on the "Pearce". I think it looks better than the original flex.

Thanks for looking.

Watch Tables | 41 comments

Import 88

Wed, 16 January 2019 22:30

Model name : Import 88
Type : Quadron
Period/date : Circa 1930
Gender : Men's

Case Maker : Weber
Case Material : 14k white gold with rose gold accents
Case Serial : 200445
Case Style no : N/A

Caliber : 119
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 659400

1930's | 7 comments

Import 300 Nurses Pendant/PW

Wed, 28 November 2018 20:28

Model name : Import 300 - Nurses
Type : pendant/pw
Period/date : c. 1940's ish
Gender : female

Case Maker : Gruen Swiss
Case Material : Sterling silver
Case Serial : none
Case Style no : none

Caliber : 415ss, 10 1/2'"
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: none on back, but is stamped "unadjusted" around sweep wheel
Haven't yet removed dial to check for one.

Bracelet : N/A

Other info :

1940's | 7 comments

cal 775

Mon, 29 October 2018 22:45

I believe this is a new one to the forum. I've had this for about a year & finally got around to taking photos.

It's not running but appears to be complete. It did come housed in a chrome plated brass case, but is not Gruen or WS signed.

Anomally is that the enamel dial is signed "Swiss" not "Switzerland".

I sure would love to get this running, but doubtful any parts needed may be available.

1910's and prior | 6 comments

Fathers old watch

Fathers watch I received when he passed; Mon, 01 October 2018 20:24

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=3779&private=0Not sure if which model. Most likely from the 50's as he was not in this country until 51. Case is a screw back and marked Gruen 14kt gold case

Watch Tables | 3 comments

A New Look For An Old Watch

Mon, 03 September 2018 18:20

My wife and I were in a Michael's craft store and saw a big display of clearance watches. You know the kind, no name, made in China....Well, a few of them had some nice looking straps on them. Nothing high end, but very functional.

I saw one that I liked and my wife said "Get it, throw away the watch, and keep the strap. You can put the strap on any of the other watches you have."


I put the strap on my mid 70s Gruen and immediately loved it. It takes a rather plain watch and gives it a clean and sporty look.

Watch Tables | 1 comment

The Cartouche Club

Show us your Cartouche Watches. Join the club!; Sat, 16 June 2018 16:14

There is nothing finer than a nice looking cartouche. The art decor design and relatively cheap price can yield a nice collection.

Show us yours!


Watch Tables | 5 comments

Cartouche 833 - 8

Mon, 11 June 2018 20:48

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=3726&private=0For your viewing pleasure is a 1929 Gruen Cartouche with the original cloth band and it's buckle! What's interesting to note is that the engraving on the buckle matches that of the dial... flower theme! The inside back cover is stamped 833 - 8! This watch is in excellent condition and it is running nicely! Enjoy!

1920's | 5 comments

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