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Strap 555 – Curvex 14K [message #17068] Sat, 30 July 2022 14:00 Go to next message
DRGM is currently offline  DRGM
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Model name: yet unknown
Type: Curvex
Period/date: 1948
Gender: Male

Case Maker: William B. Ogush, Inc., New York
Case Material: 14K yellow gold
Case Serial: U25393
Case Style no: 440 - 584

Caliber: 440
Movement Maker: Gruen
Movement Serial: B 7499

Bracelet: none

Other info:

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9674&private=0

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9675&private=0


This model is quite flat – unusual for a Curvex:

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9676&private=0


/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9677&private=0



/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9678&private=0


/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9679&private=0


Inside there are two trademarks of William B. Ogush, Inc. (WBO in the following), the well-known WBO logo

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9680&private=0

and the lesser known “two diamonds” trademark of WBO:

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9681&private=0

I guess, the „two diamonds” brand was used to mark the case material – in this case, 14K gold.
A good abstract of WBO’s history was published in the „Cincinnati Enquirer“ of June 28, 1951:

/vgforum/index.php?t=getfile&id=9682&private=0

There were two dial variants – the one shown with 12 numerals and a variation with markers and numerals (2-4-8-10-12):

https://gruen.watch/?product=gruen-curvex-440-584


Re: Strap 555 – Curvex 14K [message #17069 is a reply to message #17068] Sat, 30 July 2022 23:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Another stunning watch, DRGM! And great research as a bonus.
Re: Strap 555 – Curvex 14K [message #17070 is a reply to message #17069] Sun, 31 July 2022 13:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barney Green
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Inspired by the search for a name for this watch, I started digging into 1948 and the Curvex sales names. Came up with 49 (!) Curvex sales names in this year so far, but none for Strap 555. Intersting side note: the Canadian sales organisation had their own sales names for the same models. This is another complication in IDing those watches.



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Re: Strap 555 – Curvex 14K [message #17075 is a reply to message #17070] Mon, 01 August 2022 14:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow, as if Gruen naming wasn’t complex enough!
Re: Strap 555 – Curvex 14K [message #17076 is a reply to message #17068] Mon, 01 August 2022 15:49 Go to previous message
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DRGM wrote on Sat, 30 July 2022 09:00

A good abstract of WBO’s history was published in the „Cincinnati Enquirer“ of June 28, 1951...
That was interesting. I had always assumed that William B. Ogush was the "Ogush" of "Katz & Ogush". It turns out it was his brother Benjamin Ogush.
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