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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

Strap 116

unnamed; Tue, 02 May 2017 18:17

Model name : unnamed
Type : manual
Period/date : c. 1934/35
Gender : mens

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : Reinforced 14k wgf
Case Serial : 5358122
Case Style no : 79

Caliber : 885 - 15j, 3 adjts
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: 181691

Other info : The master book doesn't list this unnamed model as having a cal 885 ... but it exists...

1930's | 1 comment

Veri-Thin Airman

strap 417; Sun, 23 April 2017 01:01

Model name : Veri-Thin Airman
Type : manual with sweep second
Period/date : 1940
Gender : mens

Case Maker : Star WCCo
Case Material : ygf on brass/Guildite back
Case Serial : 070899
Case Style no : 460

Caliber : 406ss; 15j
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 5??528 - can't read 2 digits, wheel is in the way.

Other info :

[Picture caseback inside]- (forgot to take a photo) but here's a before cleaning the dial and after for now:
came with the gold filled link bracelet shown above.

Veri-Thin Airman-1940 ad pamphlet:

1940's | 5 comments

Curvex Marshall

Thu, 20 April 2017 12:05

Model name :Marshall
Type :Curvex
Period/date :1945
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :Wadsworth
Case Material :10K GF over Sterling
Case Serial :G525443
Case Style no :449

Caliber :440
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

Need help IDing this model. Thank you!


1940's | 8 comments

Dietrich Gruen (Up/Down)

Pocket Watch; Wed, 19 April 2017 19:03

Model name :Dietrich Gruen
Type :Pocket Watch
Period/date :
Gender :Gents

Case Maker :
Case Material :18K SG
Case Serial :1010979
Case Style no :

Caliber :
Movement Maker :not known but Meylan or Aggasiz are possibilities
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

Earlier I was unable to post pics of my watch so thanks to info I gleaned from other members postings, I emailed them to myself which allowed me to change the file size (I think) Confused .

YIPEE!! The pics uploaded with no problems. For all you collectors and watch admirers, please enjoy. As I stated in an earlier post, I am hoping someone can narrow down an insurance value for me. I think it's value is somewhere between $9000.00 and $19,500.00, depending on several variables I don't know the answers to; current gold prices, how many were manufactured, how many are in circulation, etc. It is my understanding from a collector in a different forum that most or all the production records were lost when the Norwood facility closed, so there may be no way to get the answer I am looking for, but any info is definitely appreciated.

Bob L.


1910's and prior | 12 comments

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"

1930's | 10 comments

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