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Strap 42

Wed, 04 June 2014 08:50

This cushion case arrived last week for which I had put in a very low bid and got it. It has the dial design and movement (Cal. 707) of a "Strap 41/42", but the case is not matching. That has the shape of a "Strap 17" or "24" in what I thought to be white gold filled. But the bezel and centre case are done in silver, which I have not been able to find in any of the ID guides as material for this case shape.

However it turned out to be a bit of a Franken watch unfortunately as the original case back is missing. The case back is in WGF and not Gruen Sad I'm pretty sure the rest is original though.

Anyway, after a partial refund and shipping it back being more expensive than what I paid for it I decided to keep it. At the end the strap only was already worth the money Twisted Evil.

So, can anybody ID this model assuming it has the original silver casing? I have found these cases in solid gold, gold filled and nickel, but not in silver.

p.s. if anybody has a scrap case for this... Smile

Picture is from the seller.

1920's | 4 comments

Curvex Regent, Calibre 311

Model ID; Sun, 04 May 2014 15:30

Anyone know the model name, approximate date for this watch?

Case style #273, Size 40mm lug to lug by 20mm wide excl. crown w/ 311 movement, 14K GF.



1930's | 2 comments

Cartouche 255

Tue, 29 April 2014 22:37

Model name : Car 255
Type : Cartouche
Period/date : ca 1929
Gender : Ladies

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : 14k white gold
Case Serial : 1237144
Case Style no : 107

Caliber : 155
Movement Maker : unknown
Movement Serial: -

Bracelet : Grosgrain band with Gruen clasp (not original). Original would have been 13mm grosgrain silk (see Master book) or mesh cord (Gruen guild 1929 book).

Other info : Crystal very thick and assumed to be a later replacement. Dial looks to be a redial. Engraved with a French name: Beatrice Guerout. History unknown.


From the Gruen guild 1929 book:

1920's | 5 comments

Caliber 400

New Watch Today; Sat, 05 April 2014 04:15

Picked up a Caliber 400 in a 305 case with Flex-Let bracelet today. Nice watch, but running a little slow after cleaning.

Model name : Sportsman
Type :
Period/date :1938 +/-
Gender : Gents

Case Maker : ?
Case Material : 10K GF/Gruen Guildite Base Metal
Case Serial : 2722099
Case Style no : 305

Caliber : 400
Movement Maker : GXC - Swiss
Movement Serial: 4-41660

Bracelet : Flex-Let

Other info : Very good condition Very Happy

1930's | 5 comments

Curvex "Model 530"

Sun, 30 March 2014 21:18

Model name : "Model 530"
Type : Curvex
Period/date : from 1947
Gender : male

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 10k Gold Filled
Case Serial : G787581
Case Style no : 440-499

Caliber : 440
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 4321 A

Bracelet : Leather, 15mm lug width

Other info : Shown in Shawkey's Guide page 99. Although it seems to be a more common Curvex appearing frequently on eBay I have not been able to find a name in any of the ID guides.


1940's | 3 comments

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

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