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Gruen Celebration

Sat, 02 September 2017 18:51

Model name :Gruen Celebration
Type :Gruen 21
Period/date :1953
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Gruen
Case Material :Unknown
Case Serial :Unknown
Case Style no :

Caliber :335
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

I have my fathers wind up Gruen which is in a Curvex style with plastic crystal. Under Gruen where Curvex would be is a logo instead. Do you know when logos were added to the face? The back says Gruen Base Metal with logo & no numbers. I am assuming this is a watch from the 60s. He died 20 years ago at 80.


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1950's and Up | 3 comments

1927 Tank 13

18K WG, Engraved and Enameled.; Fri, 25 August 2017 19:50

Model name : Tank 13
Type : Wristwatch
Period/date : Circa 1925
Gender : Men's

Case Maker : Gruen Cincinnati
Case Material : 18k White Gold, Black Vitreous Enamel
Case Serial : 1127104
Case Style no : N/A

Caliber : 115
Movement Maker : In-house
Movement Serial: 623407
Hand engraved case "rails" sides and back, hard-fired enamel inlay between the lugs, similar to a couple of Cincinnati-cased Quadron models with the same case details. The listing for Tank 13 in the Master Book shows a different case, also 18k engraved, but a different pattern with no enamel, and this case doesn't show up at all, which initially had me thinking it might be uncatalogued. But then I looked in the 1927 Stock Record Book, and sure enough, there it is listed as Tank 13. I've noticed this with a few models.

1920's | 9 comments

1st Generation Verithin

AKA LV1, LV2 and LDG(2); Tue, 15 August 2017 17:49

I am hoping that someone can help me verify this watch! I appreciate any and all help!

Model name : Verithin
Type : Pocket Watch (AKA LV1, LV2 and LDG(2))
Period/date :1902
Gender :Gents

Case Maker : Nat'l Wac Co
Case Material : 14k Yellow Gold
Case Serial : 160213
Case Style no : Open face

Caliber :
Movement Maker : Verithin
Movement Serial: 340644


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1910's and prior | 5 comments

Autowind Import 272

Mon, 24 July 2017 19:35

Model name : Autowind Import 272
Type : Bumper automatic
Period/date : 1950
Gender : Male

Case Maker : na Swiss made
Case Material : Stainless steel with gold bezel
Case Serial : 14901B
Case Style no : na

Caliber : 460SS
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: IG24322

Bracelet : It will get a leather strap Laughing

Other info : One of the few Gruens featuring a dial with roman numbers. It has the same movement and dial as the Autowind Sportsman (Import 296) as well as a two tone case. The only difference between the two cases as far as I can judge is that the Sportsman has a gold "cable" bezel instead of the plain one on the Import 272.
I have not been able to find a name for the Import 272, so any info is welcome.


1950's and Up | 3 comments

Lavina Gruen wristwatch cal 713

Wed, 05 July 2017 15:23

I have seen a few examples of Gruen pocket watches branded Lavina, but this is the first time I see a wristwatch.

I recall Gruen owning the Lavina brand name and judging from the low grade movements (7 jewels) that both the pocket watches as well as this wristwatch have, Gruen must have positioned the Lavina brand below the Watch Specialties Co. DG&S branded pocket and wristwatches which were sold in the same period. These were advertised as Watch Specialties Co's line made under D.G.S guarantee mark "A good watch at a low price"
But contrary to Watch Specialties Co. I have never seen any mentioning of Lavina in the Gruen documentation that I know.

Anybody has more info on Lavina?

Lavina Gruen pocket watch example

Watch Tables | 4 comments

Autowind Farragut

Mon, 03 July 2017 18:43

Model name :Farragut
Type :Autowind
Period/date :1950"s
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Gruen
Case Material :
Case Serial :
Case Style no :

Caliber :480
Movement Maker :
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

I finally finished a project that took me more than 2 years to complete. There were many parts missing and somehow it seemed too much work to get motivated. It ended up at the bottom of the list. Laughing

The Autowind FARRAGUT aka "Strap 854", featuring cal. 480, was one of Gruen's few true water resistant rectangular watch cases and was introduced in 1955. (Mike Barnett-Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Vol.2). The only other water resistant case that I'm aware of is the Veri-Thin "Import 274" (cal. 430). I recall that both watches are shown in an older post discussing the special crystals that both of these watches require.

The dial was done by International Dial. When I have time I will make some more pictures of the inside.


This afternoon

1950's and Up | 4 comments

Strap 96

A uniquely styled case and dial! Needs dating! ; Mon, 26 June 2017 16:33

Model name :Strap 96
Type :Strap
Period/date :1927
Gender :

Case Maker :Wadsworth
Case Material :14K GF
Case Serial :5290246
Case Style no :

Caliber :885
Movement Maker :Jean Aegler
Movement Serial:165639

Bracelet :

Other info :

index.php?t=getfile&id=3376&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3377&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3376&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3375&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3374&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3373&private=0I recently added this watch to my collection! My research has come to a dead end, not only for the case style but for the dial itself! The unusual octagon shaped bezel with the beautiful engraving adds to the mystic of this Wadsworth case! The font on the dial is also unique, the numbers are positioned pointing towards the hand shaft, the European style 7 is found only on a very few Gruen dials, I believe it first appears in the early 1920's! This watch is running and it is in fantastic condition! It measures 32mm lug to lug x 25.5mm excluding the crown x 8mm thin! I know watches where small back then, but is this size still considered a mans watch? Any help with this model would be appreciated! Respectfully Michael!

1920's | 16 comments

Welcome me to the Pan Am Club

Wed, 14 June 2017 16:46

Well, at least for a little while. Not really my style, so I won't likely be keeping it. I picked this one up cheaply enough that I didn't think I was taking a risk, with the plan to briefly wear it just to get a little Pan Am experience and flip it. To my eye, it appears to be all original. The dial looks nearly perfect. The hands look plausible. Although I've seen other styles on similar watches, they look like a good fit. I'm open to suggestions otherwise. Steel back, plated bezel in pretty good shape, but there's wear around the back edges, which seems typical with these. Crown has plating wear, but again, looks about right to me, though I could be wrong. So, what can you guys tell me?
It's running and keeping time. Sets a little hard, but otherwise seems in good mechanical shape. I was thinking I shouldn't have much trouble getting $150 on the swamp. $200 too much to ask? Or am I undervaluing it? Or overvaluing it? If anybody here wants it, let me know. I'm sure we can work something out.

That said, it wears better than I expected. I'm half tempted to get a new crystal, maybe replate the bezel, and make it my sport watch. But I probably shouldn't. The dial being so nice and clean is pulling me in.

Watch Tables | 10 comments

Gruen Wales

1960's; Thu, 01 June 2017 15:40

Model name :Whales
Type :Gruen
Period/date :1965
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :
Case Material :
Case Serial :
Case Style no :

Caliber :
Movement Maker :
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

index.php?t=getfile&id=3343&private=0Hello all. My name is Eli. I'm new to this forum, and to the watch hobby. I'm wondering if this Gruen has a name, and year it was made? It's a wonderful watch that runs great. Thanks I appreciate it.

1950's and Up | 3 comments

Strap 69

unnamed; Tue, 02 May 2017 22:58

Model name : unnamed
Type : manual
Period/date : c.1935
Gender : mens

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 14k wgf Ultra Quality
Case Serial : 5443776
Case Style no : 11
Lug width : 20mm

Caliber : 705 - 17j
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: 8149

Other info : Model not listed in MB with a 705 mov...yet it exists...

1930's | 1 comment

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