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Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #553] Wed, 05 June 2013 20:42 Go to next message
Thojil is currently offline  Thojil
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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.

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Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #554 is a reply to message #553] Wed, 05 June 2013 21:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
MonKee is currently offline  MonKee
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You know Thojil I just have to ask, between this watch and those pictures of that drop dead gorgeous Chrono Timer you posted what's the penalty for Burglary in Switzerland?
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #555 is a reply to message #554] Wed, 05 June 2013 22:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a mini Schnauzer named "Dr Pepper"... Smile That is a nice watch though. A bit of an odd dial without the number '8'.


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Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #556 is a reply to message #555] Wed, 05 June 2013 22:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've seen this dial on a watch before. Interesting! How on Earth did you track down the relationship to Dr. Pepper?

All I know is based on hard work & writing by others. I can only aspire to augment this body of knowledge. If I am wrong it is because of my own failings. -me

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Newton
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #557 is a reply to message #556] Wed, 05 June 2013 23:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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JackW wrote on Wed, 05 June 2013 22:46
I've seen this dial on a watch before. Interesting! How on Earth did you track down the relationship to Dr. Pepper?


The dial!

Wiki: "Dr Pepper Time", according to one promotion, was at 10, 2 and 4 o'clock. During World War II, a syndicated radio program, The 1024 Ranch (later titled 1024 Time), aired in the South and other areas where Dr Pepper was distributed. The show featured the Sons of the Pioneers and Dick Foran."
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #558 is a reply to message #557] Thu, 06 June 2013 00:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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GaryM wrote on Wed, 05 June 2013 19:27
JackW wrote on Wed, 05 June 2013 22:46
I've seen this dial on a watch before. Interesting! How on Earth did you track down the relationship to Dr. Pepper?


The dial!

Wiki: "Dr Pepper Time", according to one promotion, was at 10, 2 and 4 o'clock. During World War II, a syndicated radio program, The 1024 Ranch (later titled 1024 Time), aired in the South and other areas where Dr Pepper was distributed. The show featured the Sons of the Pioneers and Dick Foran."


Dang...the things i learn just listening to you. Very Happy


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Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #559 is a reply to message #558] Thu, 06 June 2013 01:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That is a first-class connection that you made. Awesome!

All I know is based on hard work & writing by others. I can only aspire to augment this body of knowledge. If I am wrong it is because of my own failings. -me

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Newton
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #560 is a reply to message #559] Thu, 06 June 2013 01:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/eb/Drpepper47.jpg/250px-Drpepper47.jpg
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #561 is a reply to message #560] Thu, 06 June 2013 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Fantastic Gary, this is more than I could hope for! Great information that makes the dial even more interesting to me now. Proving again how much value this Forum can offer.

Actually I bought this one 2 years ago with the intention to use it as a donor case & movement thinking that somebody tried to make his own dial Embarrassed I guess more did as I was the only one bidding and paid only 20$ for it. Once I got it and checked the dial more carefully it looked like it was original, but still the watch disappeared in a drawer. Recently it surfaced again and I decided to restore it after I found a picture of another one sold in an auction as a "Dr Pepper". Hence I assumed it was a "Dr Pepper" award watch.

...and MonKee yes you can try, but my German Shepherd will have you for breakfast Twisted Evil
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #562 is a reply to message #553] Thu, 06 June 2013 13:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bazzab is currently offline  Bazzab
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Great Post
Nice watch Thojil
Fantastic Research Gary!
Makes the watch that more special, without it, I would be looking to have it redialed
B


Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #563 is a reply to message #562] Thu, 06 June 2013 14:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well that's all new to me. I'd have never recognized the significance of 10-2-4. Cool watch. You don't see many Gruens at all with custom dials.
Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #18629 is a reply to message #563] Sun, 03 September 2023 17:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A small addition to this old thread of thojil's

A recent post on this Dr. Pepper watch, prompted me to buy one from the swamp when it came up for a BIN at a reasonable price. Not this one, that Gary has pointed out previously.

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The only thing to add is that every single time I see one of these, the fact that the dial is not signed "Switzerland" suggests to me that either these were "Pan Am dials" refinished or that the dials were wholly produced domestically for this line of watches. Also all seem to be either G8 or G9 case serials which would be at the end of the Pan Am run.

Lastly, the only advert in the 1958/59 timeframe that I can find for these, is a mention of a Dr Pepper watch, a $75 value, as a door prize.
edit - I seem to be not the only one that has seen this advert, featured is a similar discussion on WUS.

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*there is some crud floating around inside the watch as I have not had an opportunity to clean it.


All I know is based on hard work & writing by others. I can only aspire to augment this body of knowledge. If I am wrong it is because of my own failings. -me

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Newton

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Re: Veri-Thin "Dr. Pepper" [message #18634 is a reply to message #18629] Mon, 04 September 2023 19:21 Go to previous message
Scoflaw is currently offline  Scoflaw
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I posted a while back regarding a Gruen watch I discovered in an auction lot. I have since had the watch serviced, and done a short video about the watch. I have no connection to the jeweler, nor is the watch for sale. I am including a link to the video. ( I hope that is allowed. )  Please forgive any errors in the video, as I am not a collector, and the video was just meant for entertainment. Thanks to everyone for your knowledge, as it provided a nice history for the watch.

-Scott

https://youtu.be/mfbq-O-I3Wk

PS One interesting detail, I failed to mention in the video, but on the inside of the case, there were a number of dates and names that had been scratched inside. ‘1961’ can clearly be seen.
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