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Mens wristwatch 705/2 in nickel, Strap 150

Style number 2 (men's version); Sun, 10 January 2021 17:50

Model name : Strap 150
Type : wristwatch
Period/date : c. 1930-31
Gender : men's

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : Nickel
Case Serial : 8512576
Case Style no : 2

Caliber : 705
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: 1924

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Here is the men's version of style number 2. This one is the '20s version of the el cheapo: nickel case, but still 15 jewels. I react badly to nickel. It seems that whoever bought this watch did, too. Also, note to self: never engrave a nickel watch! You'd think they'd have known that in the '20s too...

It runs for a short while.

It has such an elegance to it: if only it were in gold...

1930's | 3 comments

Women's wristlet 179/1 - WR83 Paris Square

Style number 1 (women's version); Sun, 10 January 2021 17:37

Model name : WR83 Paris Square
Type : wristwatch
Period/date : c. 1925
Gender : women's

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 14k Gold reinforced with metal
Case Serial : 1010445
Case Style no : 1

Caliber : 179
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: 118596

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A fine style! This one has a broken mainspring. I also have the men's version of style number 1 (705/1), which doesn't resemble this watch at all.

Were these getting names in 1925?

1920's | 5 comments

Cartouche 212 variant.

Wed, 06 January 2021 22:37

Model name : Cartouche 212 variation
Type : Cartouche
Period/date :1929-30
Gender :

Case Maker :Wads
Case Material : White gold filled
Case Serial :52885917
Case Style no :72

Caliber :835
Movement Maker :Aegler
Movement Serial:15003001

Bracelet :Of period. Likely original. 4 adj.


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1920's | 0 comments

Cartouche 76 variant.

Wed, 06 January 2021 20:46

Model name : Cartouche 76- variation
Type : Cartouche
Period/date :1926-27
Gender : Female

Case Maker :Wads
Case Material : White gold filled
Case Serial : 926434.
Case Style no :53

Caliber : 153
Movement Maker : Favre.
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :Sturdy. Of period. Likely original.

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1920's | 5 comments

Strap 43

Mon, 04 January 2021 19:27

Model name : Strap 43
Type :
Period/date :1925-26
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : Green gold filled
Case Serial :504642
Case Style no :27

Caliber : 707
Movement Maker : Lavina
Movement Serial:62226

Bracelet :

Other info :

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1920's | 2 comments

Strap 789

Mon, 04 January 2021 19:13

Model name :
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date :1954-55
Gender : Male

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : yellow gold filled, guildite back
Case Serial : c878437
Case Style no :809

Caliber : Veri-Thin 335 R
Movement Maker : Gruen-Cincinatti
Movement Serial:

Bracelet :

Other info : Getting shipped off to Iceland of all places along w Strap 43 so thought I'd doc:Original crystal, curved dial.

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1950's and Up | 3 comments

Strap 441

Curvex; Sat, 05 December 2020 16:57

Model name : Strap 441
Type : Curvex
Period/date : 1943
Gender : Gents

Case Maker : Wadsworth
Case Material : 10K gold filled over sterling silver
Case Serial : G381923
Case Style no : 449

Caliber : 440
Movement Maker : Gruen Precision
Movement Serial: 0349

Bracelet : Leather

Other info : Pink gold, sourced from the Gruen Watch Catalog. Style also came in yellow gold.

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1940's | 3 comments

WR31 (32) Paris square

Ca1923; Fri, 25 September 2020 04:28

Model name : WR 31 engraved option (or WR32 with 31 dial)
Type : Paris square wristlet
Period/date : 1923
Gender : women’s

Case Maker : Wadsworth Gruen
Case Material : Ultra Quality GF
Case Serial : 731019
Case Style no : “8 3/4 Ligne W”

Caliber : 823
Movement Maker : Aegler
Movement Serial: not visible

Bracelet : none

Other info : the wire lugs are not solid. There’s a gap in the middle. Not sure about the dial.

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1920's | 0 comments

Octagon Wristlet

Calibre 103; Fri, 11 September 2020 20:33

Model name : Unknown.
Type : Octagon Wristlet.
Period/date : Early 1920s
Gender : Female.

Case Maker :GRUEN
Case Material :18K White Gold, Platinum top, 12 diamond
Case Serial :9338
Case Style no :n/a

Caliber : 103
Movement Maker : Gruen W. Co
Movement Serial:n/a 15 JEWELS, 4 ADJS

Bracelet : TBD, not original.

Other info : Plat. Faced, Gruen, 9338, O 103. 18k. Gruen crown; not original.

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One of the ads that Bernd found showing the closest match to this model. c; 1922.


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Case also pointed out to me similarities in some of these from WCOW 1918. Diamond setting similar to 25E, among other things.


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1920's | 8 comments

Strap 17

826ss green gold; Fri, 04 September 2020 00:02

Model name : Strap 17
Type : wristwatch
Period/date : 1922??
Gender : Men's

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : green gold
Case Serial : 1067788
Case Style no : none

Caliber : 826ss [case correctly marked 827]
Movement Maker : Gruen Guild
Movement Serial: none

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1920's | 7 comments

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