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Gruen Veri Thin - 1941 VT Airway [message #8776] Sun, 11 February 2018 22:06 Go to next message
testguy is currently offline  testguy
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index.php?t=getfile&id=3647&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3646&private=0index.php?t=getfile&id=3645&private=0Mens Gruen Verithin inside cover marked: Cased and Timed in USA by The Gruen Watch Company
10k gold filled bezel
387/405
2873003
Movement marked:  15 jewels "Conourma"
S/N 898436
Any info would be appreciated.  I would like to know the model number and approx. date of manufacture.
Thank you.
Brian

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Re: Gruen Veri Thin [message #8777 is a reply to message #8776] Sun, 11 February 2018 22:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi there and welcome to the vintage Gruen forums.

The style number, 387 returns a date of 1939 via this site - http://www.gruenwristwatches.com/new-dating-method-2.php

The case is marked 405 (the caliber number) but your watch movement is the 406. So it is a distinct possibility that the movement original to the watch was swapped.

The serial on the movement is high but with the plain ratchet wheel, so this is pre-reset. So 1940 is a good bet, +/- a year.

As to name.... Not finding anything in the ID books I have that are close enough to call it. It does look like strap 380 (no name though) in Shawkey's book page, 127. Interestingly, this entry is marked as having a cal 406.

Hope this helps!


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Re: Gruen Veri Thin [message #8778 is a reply to message #8777] Sun, 11 February 2018 22:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Gruen Veri Thin [message #8780 is a reply to message #8778] Mon, 12 February 2018 10:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Serial numbers of case and movement are giving a 1941 production date. I agree that it is Strap 380 which was sold under two differnent names depending on the strap it was coming with.
The version with leather strap was the Veri-Thin Airway while the version with a metal strap was called the Veri-Thin Clipper. This has not been like the Flex band you have there which is a after market strap from about 40 or more years later.

Barney


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Re: Gruen Veri Thin [message #8781 is a reply to message #8780] Mon, 12 February 2018 19:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Gruen Veri Thin [message #18732 is a reply to message #8781] Tue, 21 November 2023 03:00 Go to previous message
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The watch was ID'd by Barney some time ago, but here is an image from the 1941 catalog that shows the watch:

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