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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

Gruen Star Supreme

1951 All Star series; Thu, 17 November 2016 14:38

Model name :Star Supreme
Type :Precision
Period/date :1950's
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :
Case Material :10K GF
Case Serial :J39250
Case Style no :752

Caliber :335
Movement Maker :Gruen (Norwood)
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

One that i just picked up for a very reasonable price. I'm guessing this one is circa 1953 but I'd like to know the model name?

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1950's and Up | 3 comments

Gruen Patriot

Wed, 16 November 2016 18:28

Model name :Patriot
Type :Gruen Precision
Period/date :1954
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Gruen
Case Material :10K GF bezel, steel back
Case Serial :D818858
Case Style no :750

Caliber :435
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:367148

Bracelet :

Other info :

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1950's and Up | 13 comments

Gruen Ocean

Mon, 24 October 2016 16:33

Model name :Ocean
Type :Precision
Period/date :1962
Gender :Gents

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

Caliber :510SS
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

index.php?t=getfile&id=3052&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3050&private=0Just need to get a general year for a Gruen 510 calendar watch
This dial is all original. It runs perfectly. But the case is not so lucky

1950's and Up | 4 comments

Veri-Thin Airman (Strap 417)

Mon, 10 October 2016 01:23

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

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

Caliber :460SS
Movement Maker :
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

index.php?t=getfile&id=3033&private=0Just inherited from my father who got from his father. Any date and other detail appreciated

1940's | 6 comments

Caliber 93

Wed, 07 September 2016 18:18

Model name :Caliber 93
Type :Paris Square
Period/date :
Gender :

Case Maker :Gruen
Case Material :Sterling
Case Serial :78
Case Style no :

Caliber :93
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:467069

Bracelet :

Other info :

Picked this one up recently. Paris square era, in a sterling cushion case. My first time seeing this movement.
I think it may be a cal 93. Battery dead in my caliper so can't confirm 11 ligne, and haven't been under dial yet to check setting bits but it appears to be a cal 93.
Can anyone confirm this is a cal 93?

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1910's and prior | 17 comments

GRUEN purse watch / travel watch

Only seen a photo once before; Tue, 09 August 2016 09:45

I have announced to get an interesting Gruen a few weeks ago, after 2 month I got it in the post yesterday. Here are a few quick and dirty photos. I found only one single photo in the web of such a model before. There I have seen that it did have a bow to wear the watch attached to some kind of chain.
The case is stamped GRUEN W. Co. twice, the dial says GRUEN and the movement GRUEN GUILD, so it is all authentic for a true Gruen. The hallmarks in the sterling silver case are for the Huguenin frères Niel factory in Le Locle, there is also a patent mark with the #98835 in the case which is the patent for such kind of folding case for this case factory. It was filed for in 1922 and issued in 1923, so 1923 is the earliest possible date for this watch. The 885 movement would put it towards 1925 or later. The watch is not mentioned in the 1927 or 1929 Guild books or the 1931 amendment so I tend to believe the watch might be from 1925 or 1926. Any thoughts about a date?

Model name : unknown
Type : purse watch / travel watch
Period/date : ca. 1930
Gender : bi

Case Maker : Huguenin frères, Fabrique Niel
Case Material : Sterling silver with Niello filling
Case Serial : 18578
Case Style no : n.a.

Caliber : 885
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild (FHF?)
Movement Serial: 148876

Bracelet : none

Other info : bow missing

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Closed front view

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Open front view

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Inside, marked Gruen W. Co. on the upper right

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Movement container back

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Movement

1930's | 17 comments

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