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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

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

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

Alpina in stainless case marked Alpina-Gruen-Gilde

Quadron cal 157/765; Tue, 09 May 2017 03:04

I picked this one up...
Seller's image first. It was on eBay.

That blob on the dial is I think shellac... There was some on the case too which I could see in the sellers image. Hence I thought it was worth a shot for the case alone. I've other Alpina dials for the cal 157/765.

warm bath in soapy water and then a swirl in the Goddard's silver cleaner.

It altered the color of the silver some, but looks worlds better than a black blob at 4 & 5 o'clock. I lost just a small amount on the 4 o'clock index. I might be able to touch that up with enamel modeling paint.

Unfortunately, the seller stated that the watch was working but it isn't; at least Google translate interpretation of the Italian says "functioning". It was one of the worst packing jobs I've ever seen for a watch. Staff is toast.

Will update more later.

BTW, the case serial is 50126. It is marked "Alpina Gruen Gilde" and "Staybrite". How's this tie into this discussion... here?

Watches from the Guild | 16 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

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 :


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!


1950's and Up | 3 comments

Gruen Veri-Thin Huntsman

1941; Sat, 18 March 2017 01:18

Hey All!

This is my first post with Vintage Gruen, so forgive me if I do not post everything correct.
Regardless, this watch has been on my wrist most days of the week and serves me well!

I think I have a 1941 Veri-Thin Huntsman.
This one was pretty easy to open up. My other Gruen is waterproof and needs a special tool? Sad Will post that one sometime in the future....
Regarles.. for this baby ->

Model name : Huntsman
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date : 1941?
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Star Watch Case Co.
Case Material : 10K Rose Gold Plated
Case Serial : 080717
Case Style no : 435-490

Caliber : ?
Movement Maker : ?
Movement Serial:373604

Bracelet : Leather




1940's | 2 comments

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