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18 Karat Quadron Weber Case

Jusr Arrived; Wed, 10 July 2013 13:41

Model name : Gruen
Type : Quadron Collection
Period/date : Unknown
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Weber
Case Material :18 karat Yellow / White / Rose
Case Serial :201384
Case Style no : Tri-Color Tank

Caliber : 123 Engraved
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 700815

and of the inside case back

The engraving on the watch dates the watch to 1935

The bezel is Rose Gold

The inside bezel of the case back is yellow gold

I will be sending the dial to have a salmon colored dial completed.

I am trying to source some period correct hands and period correct crown. The person whom I acquired the watch from explained to me that his grandfather lived down the street from "Time Hill" as a young boy and use to go out at night and play on the grounds. They would occasionally find Watch Boxes sprinkled throughout the complex. They use to take them and play games with the. He sent me one of those boxes.

I would appreciate any help you could give me in sourcing hands and a crown. As usual I appreciate ALL your help in the past, present and of course in the future. It is a little corner of the world that people really enjoy helping people with no strings attached.

1930's | 0 comments

Baguette Unknown

Mon, 01 July 2013 21:52

Model named: To be identified
Type: Baguette
Period/date: ca 1929 -1931
Gender: Female

Case Maker: Gruen
Case Material: 14k gold filled
Case Serial: 2167385
Case Style no: 111

Caliber: 879 (seventeen jewels)
Movement Maker: Aegler S.A. (Factory A)
Movement Serial: 1939757


Other info: Case with 14 single cut diamonds. Watch has a personal inscription "Agnes Barry milwaukee Wisc". Caliber 879 is the same as Rolex 170.


1920's | 6 comments

Baguette 505 Bridesmaid

Mon, 01 July 2013 21:34

Model named: Baguette 505
Type: Baguette
Period/date: 1932 - 1935
Gender: Female

Case Maker: Gruen Guild
Case Material: Gruen Quality (gold filled)
Case Serial 2205666
Case Style no: 135

Caliber: 183 (7 jewels)
Movement Maker: ?
Movement Serial: none

Bracelet: Leather cordette (new)

Other info: Case with 2 single cut diamonds. Format case: 33.1 x 12.6 mm

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1930's | 5 comments

Cartouche Wellesley 388 and 402

Mon, 01 July 2013 21:03

Model name : Car 388 or Wellesley
Type : Cartouche
Period/date : 1924 - 1935
Gender : Female

Case Maker : Gruen (cincinnati)
Case Material : reinforced with extra gold - 14k gold filled
Case Serial : 2092760
Case Style no : 835 / 82

Caliber : 165
Movement Maker : Marc Favre & Co (factory M)
Movement Serial: 1446205

Bracelet : after market, stainless

Other info : probably replacement movement, expected 835


1920's | 2 comments

Curvex Trooper

Mon, 01 July 2013 19:49

Model name: Curvex Trooper
Period/date: 1940 to 1947
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14 Karat Gold (also available in 10 Karat Gold Filled)
Case Style no: 440 450
Caliber: 440
Movement Maker: Gruen
Bracelet: 14mm Strap

Other info: Also known as Curvex Colonel and perhaps others. Another of the iconic 440 Curvex designs. Offered in pink gold as well, and with multiple dials.

1940's | 9 comments

Curvex Companion

Mon, 01 July 2013 19:44

Model name: Curvex Companion
Period/date: 1940? to 1946
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14 Karat Gold
Case Style no: 440 498
Caliber: 440
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:
Bracelet: 16mm Strap

My first Curvex (not this example, but another that I still have), also available in pink gold.

1940's | 1 comment

Gruen Annapolis (123)

Mon, 01 July 2013 04:08

Model name: Quadron Annapolis
Period/date: 1930
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14 karat gold-filled "reinforced with extra gold"
Case Serial:
Case Style no: 123 108
Caliber: 123
Bracelet: Original matching gold-filled bracelet
Other info: Pictured in the 1929 Guild Book. This example is fitted with the "two-tone" (gilt bridges on rhodium plated pillar plate), showing milled spaces on the barrel bridge where the adjustment data had been. This indicates post-1930 production, as the US tariff was raised to $1.00 per adjustment in that year.

1930's | 3 comments

Gruen Airway

Mon, 01 July 2013 03:18

Model name: Airway (Universally called "Airflight", which is incorrect for this model). AKA "Super-G"
Period/date: 1958-1961
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Unknown
Case Material: Chromed base metal bezel, Stainless Steel back. (also available in gold-plated top/stainless back, solid stainless steel, and solid 14 karat gold)
Case Serial:
Case Style no: N/A
Caliber: 510 RSS CA
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:
Bracelet: 17mm strap

Other info: This model was the earliest to incorporate the clever adaptation of the 510 RSS CA movement to allow the 1-12 and 13-24 numerals to "jump" back and forth at 12 hour intervals. This model would stay in production in various forms until at least 1972.

Trivia: The dial is technically incorrect, as the military does not use "2400" hours for midnight, using "zero" hour instead. Ie, 12:30AM would be "Zero-Thiry Hours" in military parlance.

This example shows the American Airlines logo on the dial, one of several corporate tie-ins used in marketing this model.

1950's and Up | 1 comment

Curvex Adjutant

Mon, 01 July 2013 02:57

Model name: Curvex Adjutant
Period/date: Circa 1941-1946
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14 Karat Gold
Case Serial:
Case Style no: 440 499
Caliber: 440
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:
Bracelet: 14mm Strap

Other info : The Curvex Adjutant appears in the 1942 countertop catalog, but I've not seen it in print advertising. I have heard anecdotally that this model was also sold as the Curvex Blanchard, but have not seen documented proof.

To my knowledge, this model equals the shortest Curvexes at 34mm.

Available (obviously) in both yellow and pink gold. Yellow fitted with original AGN dial, pink has original hard enamel Roman numeral dial.

1940's | 0 comments

Curvex RistSide Coronet

Thu, 27 June 2013 18:46

Model name: Curvex RistSide Coronet
Period/date: 1938
Gender: Men's
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14 Karat Gold Filled
Case Serial :
Case Style no: 304 330

Caliber: 330
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet: 15 mm "driver's" strap

Other info :

1930's | 5 comments

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