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The Cal 870/871 [message #8775] Sun, 11 February 2018 18:32 Go to next message
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The caliber 871 and the 870 are the numbers for the open face/lupine (stem at 12-o'clock) or hunter/savonnette (stem at 3-o'clock) configurations.

Which one is which I'm not sure. They also came in a non-subseconds version too. There is also a variation in the setting works. Gruen and Rolex are not the only ones to use the movement either. Rumor has it that there is an outfit that will buy non-Rolex versions of this watch, mark the wheels with "Rolex" and then case and sell them as such.

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Borel has the mainsprings listed with 1.60 x .14 x 340 11 and CousinsUK has them in 1.60 x .15 x 320 12. Both are white alloy.
Gruen (1947 Horological Manual) has them as 1.65 x .15 x 320.




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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11484 is a reply to message #8775] Tue, 22 October 2019 01:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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To the question of which was hunter vs. open face, here's another hunter example with WSC marks from a 1918 trench watch I'm restoring. Dial back and inside caseback both stamped "871", so the 870 will be the open face.

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11630 is a reply to message #11484] Wed, 13 November 2019 19:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a DG&S 870 also in my collection that i believe was previously identified as a 'Rebberg' movement?. I'll have to disassemble it to take a photo of the top plate;

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11631 is a reply to message #11630] Wed, 13 November 2019 20:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Nice one, mikey! Is that an opera watch?

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11632 is a reply to message #11631] Wed, 13 November 2019 22:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Could be, no second hand, no need to keep precision time. ;-)
Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11635 is a reply to message #11632] Thu, 14 November 2019 18:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Not sure if it would be an 'opera' watch but it was the first Gruen pocket watch that I collected a few years ago. I do remember posting it on the old vintage Gruen site.

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #11636 is a reply to message #11635] Fri, 15 November 2019 00:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Generally these are called opera watches. The only watches that were ever sold as "opera watches" were Walthams - 6/0 movements in 10 or 12s cases. In other words exactly the same design as this one.

The advantage is that the watch is incredibly thin for its diameter - but this is somewhat deceptive, as you see.

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #15351 is a reply to message #11636] Wed, 18 August 2021 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Bringing this thread back to life.

There is a Rolex trench out there that resembles the Gruen 22B. It's been referenced before that the 870 design by Rebberg was used by both Gruen and Rolex.

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Re: The Cal 870/871 [message #15384 is a reply to message #15351] Thu, 26 August 2021 00:49 Go to previous message
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GaryM wrote on Wed, 18 August 2021 14:43
It's been referenced before that the 870 design by Rebberg was used by both Gruen and Rolex.
Here? And links therein?


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