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Strap 236

Standish; Sun, 16 April 2017 15:51

Model name : Standish
Type : manual
Period/date : c. 1935...
Gender : inanimate objects don't have a gender Very Happy

Case Maker : Solidarity
Case Material : 10k gf
Case Serial : 5479001
Case Style no : 705/142

Caliber : 703 , 7j
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: <none>

Bracelet : "Bruner Quality" metal link bracelet - "B/R" Logo: Brunner-Ritter

Other info : Goodly sized model. Larger than I'd expected - 1" x 1-1/8"

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1930's | 10 comments

Quadron 109

Fri, 07 April 2017 21:19

Model name :109
Type :Quadron
Period/date :1930's
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Wadsworth
Case Material :14K GF reinforced with extra gold
Case Serial :5456634
Case Style no :109

Caliber :123
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:100162

Bracelet :

Other info :

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Made a very nice acquisition for the collection just recently ... Quadron Model 109, lower right corner page 21 for those of you who have my book. Beautiful stacked case with claw lugs. Screams Art Deco! It has the Caliber 123. Light wear on case. Dial is an obvious refinish. I won't use the "R" word, but I think it's safe to say this is an elusive model; at least I haven't seen it pictured before in the forum. Bought if off a private collector. After 30 years of doing this, there are still surprises to be found!

1930's | 22 comments

Gruen Super-G

Tue, 21 March 2017 00:56

Model name :Super-G
Type :Airflight
Period/date :1958
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :
Case Material :
Case Serial :1108
Case Style no :

Caliber :420SS
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :


I've recently inherited my grandfather's Gruen Airflight. He passed in 1960, and unfortunately my family has no knowledge of this watch's history. I recently had it restored, and the shop provided me the following numbers from inside the case:

Movement Caliber: 422RSS
Other Numbers: 130 / 422SS-108 / 19266

I'd greatly appreciate any information you could provide on the watch. Please note that the bracelet is new (Hirsch), not an original component. Thanks!

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1950's and Up | 3 comments

Techni-Quadron

Quadron 73 or 75 (See replies); Sun, 12 March 2017 03:13

Model name :Techni-Quadron
Type :Quadron
Period/date :1920's
Gender :Gents

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

Caliber :877
Movement Maker :Jean Aegler
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

index.php?t=getfile&id=3259&private=0Hi,
I was very happy to find this group.
I need help to identity my Grandfather's watch.If anyone would know the model and what it could be made from.
I don't have an antique watch repair shop near me and I am not comfortable taking the back off myself.I have searched best I can and have not found one exactly like it.
I have owned it for 40 years and to the best of my knowledge it is in original condition.
Any info on it much appreciated.
Thanks.

1920's | 12 comments

VT Lexington

CAL 411; Fri, 17 February 2017 16:40

Model name :Lexington
Type :Veri-Thin
Period/date :1940's
Gender :Gents

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

Caliber :411
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

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So, in need of another minute hand, but would really like to know what the name of this is. I bought this on the swamp a few years again, and decided to get this up and running. This really runs beautifully and very accurate. Any information would be great. Ah, will be more than happy to purchase a minute hand from you.

Timeticker out!

1940's | 14 comments

Gruen Wrist Watches Presentation

NAWCC 135 presentation and summary notes; Thu, 16 February 2017 00:43

Here is the presentation that Jack and I shared with the local chapter that you all were asking to see. I was waiting for the meeting summary notes to attach for you as well. We both had our collection of watches and Jack had a couple dozen advertisements for folks to look at.

I converted the presentation into PDF to reduce the size as it was rather large in the PP format. The Orné slide is not shown for it is copyrighted.

Let me know if you see any glaring errors that pop out, we might use it again in the future. We put it together rather quickly as most chapter programs do when they are first conceived.

Enjoy!

Watch Tables | 3 comments

Pan American Captain

Thu, 02 February 2017 04:31

Model name :Captain
Type :Pan American
Period/date :1940's
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Wadsworth
Case Material :14K SG
Case Serial :G649000
Case Style no :534

Caliber :420SS
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

Hello,
New guy here....I have Granddad's watch, just wondering a bit about it if anybody can help on year, value, etc.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Photo's uploaded.
Various info obtained so far:

fancy lugs.

On the Face:
Gruen Veri-Thin, Precision, (has a 24 hour face).

Back of Case:
Outside: Gruen, W 14K GOLD"
Inside: Wadsworth, G649000, 420 534, SS.

On Movement: GRUEN WATCH CO, SEVENTEEN JEWELS - 17, 420 SS, UNADJUSTED, (serial number i think, underneath and partly obscured by brass gear)index.php?t=getfile&id=3180&private=0 1A__2411 or 14__2411.
On or by mainspring cover (i think)-- VERI-THIN, PATENTED.
By "F S" lever: SWITZERLAND, GXC

On the Gold Watch Band:
GRUEN 14K GOLD, MADE IN USA, PAT PENDING.

Again, thanks for any help.
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1940's | 17 comments

Strap 299

Sun, 29 January 2017 00:15

Model name : Strap 299
Type : Manual
Period/date : 1934
Gender : Gents

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : 10K Gold Filled
Case Serial : 2342739
Case Style no : 157

Caliber : 167, 7 Jewels
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 1-17304

Bracelet : Kessler bracelet

Other info : Case/bracelet has severe wear, needs new crystal.
Reference: The Gruen Watch Catalog, page 58

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1930's | 1 comment

Some of my collection pieces

Getting ready for a Gruen presentation; Sun, 22 January 2017 20:54

I rolled out the collection to get some pictures for an upcoming presentation.

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Watch Tables | 14 comments

Gruen Two Register Chronograph

Mon, 26 December 2016 16:39

Model name : Unknown
Type : Chronograph
Period/date : approx. 1968-1969
Gender : Male

Case Maker : na
Case Material : Stainless steel
Case Serial : na
Case Style no : na

Caliber : 770R
Movement Maker : Valjoux 7730
Movement Serial: na

Bracelet : Leather "race" strap

Other info : From my perspective the period 1960-1970 is an underrated period for Gruen in which they produced some high quality and interesting models. For me this Chrono is certainly one of them. The same case also existed with what is referred to as a Panda dial, black with a white telemeter ring, seconds and minutes sub dials.
The Valjoux 7730 with cam switching operating system was originally developed by Venus in 1948 and was known as calibre 188 until Venus was absorbed by Valjoux who renamed it in 1966.

Because of its relative large diameter of 37mm it has a "modern" wrist presence.

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1950's and Up | 1 comment

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