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Long case Regal 1939

First deiberate purchase for Curvex collection; may be best one.; Tue, 11 June 2013 22:51

A single bidder ebay offer some months past is first long case Curvex for me. Shown here with well known 1937 Gruen ad featuring its gold fill case version Royalty. This one 14k case Regal with original plated metal band. Dial seems original. Was well used but solid golds survive better. Plated band and dial show its 1939 age.


1930's | 1 comment

Ladies Cartouche 384

Sat, 08 June 2013 18:12

Model name : 384
Type : Cartouche
Period/date : 1930ish
Gender : Ladies

Case Maker : Gruen-Cincinatti
Case Material: 14k GF
Case Serial : 2052427
Case Style no: 74

Caliber : 835
Movement Maker: Aegler
Movement Serial: 18292423

Bracelet : Durobrite SS link

Other info : Overhauled in Jan 2013, excellent runner.

Edit: Info updated, thanks Barney!


1930's | 2 comments

Ladies Cartouche up for ID

Sat, 08 June 2013 18:06

Model name : Unknown
Type : Cartouche
Period/date : early 30's ?
Gender : Ladies

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material:Ultra Quality
Case Serial : 807843
Case Style no : OS-65

Caliber : 835
Movement Maker : Aegler
Movement Serial: 1776663

Bracelet : 10k GF Champion expansion

Other info : New R2205 crystal from DarHin, keeps excellent time.


1930's | 0 comments

'47 Veri-Thin "Yale"

Fri, 07 June 2013 21:56

Model name : Yale
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date : 1947
Gender : Mens

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material: Guildite
Case Serial : 9049181
Case Style no: 553

Caliber : 426
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: A732034

Bracelet : 16mm Double ribbed leather

Other info : Runs & keeps time. Needs a cleanup. Inside case-back pic to follow


1940's | 3 comments

Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper"

Wed, 05 June 2013 20:42

Model name : "Dr. Pepper"
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date : approx. 1948
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 10k Gold Filled
Case Serial : G836943
Case Style no : 420SS/543

Caliber : 420SS
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: B189946

Bracelet :

Other info :
Odd dial that apparently was produced for "Dr. Pepper" as award or promotion watch for employees, but that is about all I know about it.


1940's | 12 comments

Curvex Majesty (370)

Tue, 04 June 2013 07:03

Model name: Curvex Majesty
Type: Curvex
Period/date: 1950-52
Gender: Mens
Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14Karat Gold
Case Serial:
Case Style no: 370 602

Caliber: 370 Curve-a-Metric
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:

Other info: 43mm long, second model (AFAIK) to be called Curvex Majesty. Longest of the solid gold 370s. Faceted crystal causes some distortion in images.

1937 Majesty and 1950 Majesty side by side...

1950's and Up | 1 comment

Curvex Majesty (330)

Tue, 04 June 2013 06:55

Model name: Curvex Majesty (aka Curvex Colonel)
Type: 52 mm Curvex
Period/date: 1937-1940
Gender: Mens

Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 14K Gold-Filled
Case Serial: G0299xx
Case Style no: 330 292

Caliber: 330
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:

Other info: Longest Curvex, at 52mm. Refinished dial.

1930's | 6 comments

Gruen "Olympiad"

Tue, 04 June 2013 06:44

Model name: Olympiad
Type: Duo-Dial Doctor's watch
Period/date: 1937-1940
Gender: Mens

Case Maker: Wadsworth
Case Material: 10K Gold Filled
Case Serial: G096911
Case Style no: 500 290

Caliber: 500DD
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial: 2-209610

Other info :

1930's | 3 comments

Something interesting

a 24-hour dial in Guildite case (WWII era); Mon, 03 June 2013 04:26

Model name : unknown
Type : unknown
Period/date : WWII era ~1944
Gender : Men's

Case Maker : Unknown, potentially Gabus Freres
Case Material : Stainless steel bezel and case back (marked Guildite)
Case Serial : 75238
Case Style no : unknown

Caliber : 420ss
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial: 868746

Bracelet : na

Other info :

I'm not sure what to make of this beyond wishful thinking on my part: Potentially a pilots watch. It is similar in style to ones from Longines and others that I have seen on eBay which are purported to be 'pilot's watches'.

Anyway, like Tony C's Pan Am, this one has an all-stainless (marked Guildite) case with the same type of snap back. It also has solid lugs that are not an afterthought. The case with the lugs was machined out of a single piece and you can trace tool marks. Monty aka "MonKee" gave this to me in exchange for some work on some of his watches. I've not seen another like it. Contains a 420ss movement. Dial was refinished but it was a match to the dial as it came; also a redial so there is some question on originality. Now photos....
Also the seconds hand is highly doubtful as original. I've never seen another Gruen sweep second like it. Could be off a Gotham or other.

Sorry about picture size... feeling lazy to resize the at the moment.

1940's | 0 comments


Sun, 02 June 2013 14:39

My one and only Pan-Am.

Model name : Pan-American
Type :
Period/date : early '40s
Gender : men

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : "Guildite" steel
Case Serial : 103952
Case Style: snap-back

Caliber : 420SS
Movement Maker : Gruen
Movement Serial:

1940's | 3 comments

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