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Gruen Autowind Rocket

1956; Sun, 28 February 2021 16:19

I have my grandfather's Gruen and was having trouble figuring out the different codes/numbers to determine when it was made. Below is the information from inside the case, I'm hoping this is something this group can help me decipher.

Cased and Time by Gruen Watch Co.
Guildite Back
F58427
550SS-022

There are also some etchings that seem to be from when the watch was serviced over the years, the first of which appears to be 1961. Finally, I'm not sure if this is correct, but the serial number appears to be 1560, and there's an "F" in a crown-like shape immediately before the number. Thanks!

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1950's and Up | 5 comments

Norma Ladies cocktail

Wed, 17 February 2021 14:18

Model name: Norma
Type: ladies cocktail
Period/date: 1962-1968
Gender: ladies

Case Maker: latin watch case co
Case Material: 10k rgp bezel, stainless steel back.
Case Serial: none
Case Style no: none

Caliber: N225R
Movement Maker: gruen
Movement Serial: none

Other info: GXC import. Faceted glass. It came in the light blue angular crest box.

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1950's and Up | 2 comments

Blue angular crest box

Sun, 14 February 2021 21:43

Blue plastic mens display case. The box has gold lining and five "signs". Inside is a blue velvet/plush/plastic watch holder, blue fabric and in the top lit off white with the Gruen logo, Gruen name and The Precision Watch.

Period: 1950-1955?
Watch type: mens unknown.
Size: D 9.8cm, H 5.2cm and W 12.8cm
Inventor: unknown
Patents: pat. Pending

Box maker: braun crystal mfg co

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1950s | 2 comments

Convertible wristlet - Plate 41- plane Bascine style

Sun, 14 February 2021 16:48

Model name: convertible wristlet plate 41
Type: convertible
Period/date: 1919-1920
Gender: female

Case Maker: wadsworth
Case Material: pilot quality yellow gold filled
Case Serial: 606203
Case Style no: none

Caliber: 10.5 ligne. OF 807 (winding 12 o clock)
Movement Maker: rebberg aegler
Movement Serial:

Bracelet: none

Other info: engraving only on the inside. A.N?.L.D 5-19-20.

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1910's and prior | 6 comments

Calibre 1617

17 jewel variant of cal 161; Tue, 09 February 2021 22:21

This is calibre 1617. 17 jewel variation of calibre 161.
I am not sure if this is Favre or Aegler....anyone?

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Setting works:

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The caliber database | 3 comments

Strap 741

Mon, 08 February 2021 23:11

Model name: Veri-Thin Viking.
Type: Veri-Thin
Period/date:1952-53
Gender:Male

Case Maker:Armand J. Lemieux, NY
Case Material: 14 K white gold
Case Serial:K81212
Case Style no:771

Caliber: 335R
Movement Maker:Gruen Cincinnatti
Movement Serial:

Bracelet:


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1950's and Up | 6 comments

Strap 734

Mon, 08 February 2021 22:57

Model name: Strap 734
Type: Autowind.
Period/date: 1952-53
Gender: Male

Case Maker: Jonell Case Co.
Case Material: 14 k white gold
Case Serial:M10189
Case Style no:744

Caliber: 480
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial:

Bracelet:.



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1950's and Up | 4 comments

Cartouche 366

Mon, 08 February 2021 22:42

Model name: Cartouche 366
Type: Cartouche
Period/date:1929
Gender: Female

Case Maker: Wads
Case Material: White gold filled
Case Serial: 5408223
Case Style no: 0S-63

Caliber: 165
Movement Maker: Marc Favre, Madretsch
Movement Serial:1434340

Bracelet: Kestenmade. Of period.


Other: Missing crystal.


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1920's | 5 comments

Lavina supplying Gallet (Gruen 766)

Tue, 02 February 2021 15:00

Not much discussion of Lavina lately, and scarce info on the forum on the early Lavina calibers like 720, 721. But even less on the caliber 766--have never even seen one actual picture. I wanted to share an interesting specimen, reported as 12 size, finished by Gallet & Co.

It has the characteristic setting bridge on the 720, 750 variants, as well as the Lavina serial number and "Deposé" markings placed exactly as seen on the open-face ones made for Gruen/Premo/WSC. Likely there's a Lavina or Paul William Brack deposé hiding somewhere for this bridge layout.

But this Gallet is Swiss set, so here we also see the setting bits just like the Gruen Caliber 766.

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edit: (capturing info) dial-side sn 836156; 17J/3ADJ

Watches from the Guild | 7 comments

March 10, 1925 Patent Box ( & Pat Pending ) with a false bottom.

Sat, 23 January 2021 19:38

Period :Mid 1920-1930
Watch type : ladies
Size :tbd
Inventor :Harold R. Haerr (assigned to Gruen Watch Co)
Patents :66772 (Filed May 20, 1922. Patented March 10, 1925)

Box maker. Unkown.

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1920s | 9 comments

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