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Quadron Tank 63?

Orginal Condition; Mon, 02 September 2013 19:54

I wear this weekly, it keeps amazing time for an oldie. It has no wear through anywhere on the watch. This simple in form, yet is elegant and understated.

Model name :
Type : Model 63
Period/date :1920's
Gender : Mens

Case Maker :-Wadsworth
Case Material : 14k Yellow Gold Filled
Case Serial : 5462632
Case Style no :157-8W

Caliber : 157
Movement Maker :Gruen
Movement Serial: 1110394

Bracelet :Leather

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1920's | 1 comment

Import 220

Fri, 02 August 2013 17:57

Model name : Import 220
Type : Tank/Rectangular
Period/date : Circa 1934
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Weber
Case Material : Guildite (Stainless Steel)
Case Serial : 204138
Case Style no : N/A

Caliber : FEF 130, Gruen caliber name unknown, possibly 690 or 691
Movement Maker : Fabrique d'Ebauche de Fleurier
Movement Serial: Unknown

Bracelet : Leather, non-original

Other info : While presumably a low production model (I've only ever spotted two of them in the wild), there are at least three dial variations. The example in the Master Book shows what appears to be a two-tone silver dial. The two I've owned had this black dial, and yet another black dial with a small round hour/minute chapter and a large seconds display.
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1930's | 1 comment

Quadron 39

Fri, 02 August 2013 17:46


Model name : Quadron 39
Type : Tonneau
Period/date : Mid to Late 1920's
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Gruen Cincinnati
Case Material : 14k Green Gold
Case Serial : 1105727
Case Style no : 117/64

Caliber : 119 (Both 117's and 119's were used, later cases would be marked 119/64)
Movement Maker : Gruen Precision Workshop
Movement Serial: 658422

Bracelet : Leather, non-original

Other info : This case style was used for many different models, this being the basic version. Others had various carved, enameled or applied decorations. This style also utilized many different dial variations.
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1920's | 0 comments

Tank 6

Fri, 02 August 2013 17:38

Model name : Tank 6
Type : Tank
Period/date : Circa 1925
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Gruen Cincinnati
Case Material : 14k White Gold
Case Serial : 1096108
Case Style no : 99/55

Caliber : 99
Movement Maker : Gruen - Precision Workshop
Movement Serial: Unknown

Bracelet : Leather, non-original

Other info : One of many small square Tank models of nearly identical proportions and construction varying by decorative details produced througout most of the 1920's.

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Quadron 106, Fleetwood

Tue, 30 July 2013 21:34

Model name : Quadron 106, Fleetwood
Type : Tank/rectangular wristwatch
Period/date : Circa 1931
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Unknown
Case Material : 14 White Gold Filled with coin [yellow] gold accent
Case Serial : 2161030
Case Style no : 325/113

Caliber : 325
Movement Maker : Unknown
Movement Serial: Unknown

Bracelet : Leather, non-original

Other info : This same style went by the name "Arlington" when purchased with a matching B&N bracelet carrying out case motif, or "Carlton" with matching bracelet, one-color coin gold filled case and 21 jewel 325(1) movement.

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1930's | 0 comments

Quadron 100, Longacre

Tue, 30 July 2013 18:33

Model name : Quadron 100, Longacre
Type : Tank/rectangular wristwatch
Period/date : Circa 1931
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Gruen 5th Ave.
Case Material : 14k White Gold
Case Serial : 55297
Case Style no : N/A

Caliber : 325(1)
Movement Maker : Unknown, although presumably not in-house, as it is a "Guild" grade movement, lacking the "Precision" designation of the movements made at the Precision factory, despite its high jewel count.
Movement Serial: Unknown

Bracelet : Leather, non-original.

Other info : Named after Margaret Gruen's recently-acquired husband, Jacob J. Longacre, who went on to have an illustrious career as a pioineering plastic surgeon. Retailed for $100 in 1931. Also offered in "coin [yellow] gold" and with radium dial.
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1930's | 0 comments

The "Model 219"

Tue, 23 July 2013 20:42

Model name : Model 219
Type :
Period/date : 1939-1940
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 10k gold filled
Case Serial : G113609
Case Style no : 355-369

Caliber : 355C
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 821830

Bracelet :

Other info : Cal.355 is the non-curved version of the 311 Curvex movement and shares many parts. It was also introduced in 1935. As the movement wasn't produced very long, examples with this movement are not seen frequently.

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1930's | 0 comments

The Quadron 3

A Quadron with a special movement; Mon, 22 July 2013 20:54

Model name : Quadron 3
Type : Quadron
Period/date : approx. 1930
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : 14k yellow gold
Case Serial : 1136582
Case Style no : 117/67

Caliber : 119
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 657748

Bracelet : Leather

Other info : This example has the beautifully engraved gilded "Precision EXTRA" version of Cal. 119. Although in execution the movement resembles the famous 50th Anniversary VeriThin pocket watch caliber there is no evidence that these engraved Quadrons were also produced to celebrate that occasion.
Case and dial equal the Quadron 3 & 4 however these are respectively Green and White Gold. One possibility is that it is actually the Quadron 5. Quadron 5 is missing from the Quadron listing in Shawkey's "A Collector's Guide", but could be the Yellow Gold version.

Another interesting detail on the movement is that the caliber number is milled out where you normally find it on the pillar plate (between barrel bridge and center bridge). Could this mean a Cal.117 or 123 was used as a base to create this special 119?

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Edited the title and info as I positively ID'ed as a Quadron 3 and not 18.

1930's | 8 comments

The caliber 98

Thu, 18 July 2013 21:37

The caliber 98 is a 15 or 17-jewel movement and is 9-3/4 ligne or 21.99mm in diameter (1926 Standardized Parts, page 22). According to the later Material Catalog 539 two other variants exist, caliber 99 with 15-jewels but different setting gear and caliber 997 a 17-jewel variant of this movement. This later information shows caliber 98 only as a 15-jewel implying the 17-jewel variant changed to caliber 997 at some point. Production start was about 1915.

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The caliber database | 17 comments

Quadron 21

rectangle with tonneau cutout bezel; Tue, 16 July 2013 22:46

Another one recently dug out of the "to-do" pile. This one is going in my collection, not for sale, at least not at this time! This is one of the "Deco-ey" styled Quadrons versus the later streamlined ones. Love the tonneau cutout in the bezel.

Model name : Quadron 21
Type : Quadron
Period/date : 1920s
Gender : Men

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : gold filled reinforced with extra gold
Case Serial : 5307175
Case Style no : 117/70

Caliber : 117
Movement Maker : Alpina
Movement Serial: 577241

Bracelet : Leather band (aftermarket)

Other info : back engraved: A Gilbert MacIvor; ad is from the 1929 Guild book, page 79

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1920's | 3 comments

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