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Veri-Thin Annapolis

Sun, 30 March 2014 20:53

Model name : Annapolis
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date : 1949-1950
Gender : male

Case Maker : Star Watch Case Co.
Case Material : 10k Gold Filled Bezel - Guildite back
Case Serial : 0388385
Case Style no : 420SS-632

Caliber : 420SS
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: C599539

Bracelet : Leather, 19mm lug width

Other info : Can be found in Mike's Identification Guide #2, page 108. In Shawkey's Guide shown as "Strap 610" on page 147. Existed with Italic and non-Italic numerals on the dial.


1940's | 1 comment

Curvex Strap 541

Sat, 22 March 2014 01:39

Model name : Strap 541, very likely the Comet
Type : Curvex, wrist
Period/date : 1946
Gender : Men's

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 10K YGF
Case Serial : G835947
Case Style no : 544

Caliber : 440
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: Unknown

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1940's | 5 comments

14K Caliber 355 Stuanton

Sun, 16 March 2014 17:12

Model name : Stuanton
Type : Type of Quadron
Period/date : 1936-1940
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Katz & Oguish
Case Material : 14 karat yellow gold
Case Serial : 78892
Case Style no : 240

Caliber : 355
Movement Maker : Gruen Watch Company
Movement Serial: 718617

Bracelet : Lizard








I have posted pictures on "another" location. I am discovering that this watch may or perhaps not, be a difficult watch to find. I have tried to find as much information about this model (240) that I can. I have read that the 240 was only made in 14 karat gold. I do not know whether that is accurate. I do know that I have not seen many of this particular model. I have read that it is called a Quadron 139?

I would love to have the experts weigh in on this a peel back the fuzzy layers as to the "know facts' of this model. It is a model that I do not wear much at all. I was thinking of selling it as it sits in my watch box. I am discovering that maybe it is a better idea to hold on to the watch as it might be a limited production model from approximately the late 30's despite the presentation of 1940.

I do appreciate all your help, some on you have been instrumental in building my "Quadron" collection to 15, within that 15 are 5 solid gold Quadron's! I have obtained parts from some of you, I have received valuable information in the restoration process and most of all, to be a part of something that can not be measured. It is common thread of sharing a passion of a sliver of the universe. That sliver is collecting Vintage Gruen Watches from the 1920's to 1930's! Thank all of you for your encouragement, my wife does not share that view, but she likes to wear my pieces occasionally.

How about a little intrigue. According to Mike Barnett and Barry Cooper's Gruen dating chart (an amazing resource for information) the caliber 355 was used for eight different models, yet I have read model 240 was only produced in solid gold. 8 models with the same caliber of movement, in 4 years of production. I am more confused now?

1930's | 4 comments

Autowind Leader

Sat, 15 March 2014 02:27

Model name :Leader
Type :Autowind
Period/date :1953-1955
Gender :Gents

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

Caliber :
Movement Maker :
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :

Hey all.
I cantget the case back off this, and am curious about the year. The caseback is marked 69901D.

EDIT Jenneke: Rearranged pictures

1950's and Up | 26 comments

Gruen 'Guild' Caliber 127

Thu, 13 March 2014 14:15

Model name : Guild
Type :
Period/date : 1926
Gender : F

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : GF
Case Serial : 764451
Case Style no :

Caliber : 127
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info :


1920's | 1 comment

Convertible Wristlet Engraved - Plate 41

Sun, 09 March 2014 22:18

Model name: Plate 41, Round Bascine Engraved bezel
Type: Convertible wristlet
Period/date: > 1920
Gender: Ladies

Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: Pilot quality (gold filled)
Case Serial: 625181
Case Style no: -

Caliber: 10 1/2 ligne
Movement Maker: Aegler (Premo watch rebberg)
Movement Serial: -

Bracelet: silk ribbon with 14k clasp, 1-10 stretch bracelet and GF bracelet.

Other info: Watch specialties co, DG&S. Bracelets not Gruen originals. It looks like the engraved bezel version of plate 41 - C12. Gruen guild book A 1918, page 43). Engraved with HBP.


1910's and prior | 15 comments

Autowind Veri-Thin ~1947-ish

Cal 460 with blued Slim-bo hands; Wed, 05 March 2014 02:52

Model name : unknown - Import 264 (p. 194 in Shawkey's guide)
Type : Autowind Veri-Thin
Period/date : 1947-ish
Gender :Mens

Case Maker : Swiss (potential Gabus Freres)
Case Material : Stainless steel
Case Serial :146898
Case Style no : n/a

Caliber : 460
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: None

Bracelet : Later addition flexible bracelet from Spiedel

Other info : I posted on this watch shortly after I bought it. Linked here. I've now over-hauled the watch, tore it down completely, then lubricating (that is for you Mike B.) the movement as it was reassembled. Having taken apart several cal 420 and others of the 405 series, the 460 is so similar once you strip off the automatic parts and get into the watch that to me, the 460 and the 405 are designed by the same person*. No hard evidence to support that claim. I'll get a photo on the next one I rebuild and maybe you'll see what I see. And now photos...


*Henri Thiebaud's name is on the patent for the 405. I believe he is credited with designing most watches in the Katz period. Though if you think about the differences in the 405 and the 460, verses the Curvex designs of the period (330, 440, etc) and the 460 that the designers, the latter by Frey, are shown in their work. Cary discusses here in a thread Barry started: Here

1940's | 4 comments


Wed, 26 February 2014 05:00

Model name: Electra
Type: Electromechanical
Period/date: 1961
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Unknown
Case Material: Gold base metal bezel, stainless steel back.
Case Serial: N/A
Case Style no: N/A
Caliber: 760SS, 12 jewels
Movement Maker: Landeron 4750
Movement Serial:N/A
Bracelet: 17mm

Other info: 35mm in diameter, and nearly 14.5mm thick at the thickest. The Landeron 4750 was the first electric movement from Switzerland and it uses a fixed coil. The watch was repaired by Paul at and at his site you can find a great deal of information about electric watches in general, and this movement in particular.

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1950's and Up | 13 comments

Alpina 130 years

Tue, 25 February 2014 17:17

This is interesting reading published by Alpina on the history of the brand. Not a lot of information in there that was not already known, but some additional information that is interesting like the fact that Marc Farvre bought the ébauches from Universal Genève. The same time there is questionable information saying that calibers like the 117,119,123,311 were were sourced from "Gruen, and thus Aegler..."

I have not been able to find the document on the Alpina site, but there is a cached PDF file still on the web.

Search for 130 YeArs of WAtchmAking historY

Watches from the Guild | 6 comments

Imperial Tank 14K

Tue, 18 February 2014 02:55

Model name: Imperial Tank
Type: Tank
Period/date: late 1920s
Gender: Men's

Case Maker: Gruen
Case Material: 14 karat white gold
Case Serial:
Case Style no: 885 8

Caliber: 885
Movement Maker: Fontainemelon
Movement Serial:

Bracelet: 18mm strap

A plain bezel Imperial Tank, likely the most common of these rarely seen models. Also available in coin gold, and in gold-filled, and in an engraved bezel design.


1920's | 0 comments

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