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Gruen Pilgrim [message #15974] Sun, 02 January 2022 15:07 Go to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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I bought a bag of watches at a flea market cheap. This one works. Seems to run good. I am checking if it keeps time or needs to be adjusted but it runs so I would assume at worst it needs a cleaning and time adjust. But I can not find out what model this is and if there is any value. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15975 is a reply to message #15974] Sun, 02 January 2022 17:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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Normally I would say, open the case back and make pictures of the movement and the inside of the case back. That would give us more info. But there is radium on the dial and hands.

I havent seen this case shape before. The movement is a veri-thin and its from somewhere in the period 1939-1955. Value for these ladies watches is very low as they are gold filled.

Hope others chime in!


You can only waste time if you forget to enjoy it - Loesje
Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15977 is a reply to message #15975] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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I don't think its GF. If you look at the back of the case there is a thin stamped gold case over the steel or brass case. I took the back off and it has service dates scrached in the back. 56 57 and 80.




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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15978 is a reply to message #15977] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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Back of the case showing the gold stamped sheet.
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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15979 is a reply to message #15977] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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It could be service dates, or codes from the watchmaker what was done.

I cant read what is on the outside of the case back. Probably the case material and the brand and/or case maker. I wonder if this is a marriage because inside the case something is crossed out before SS (sweep second) and I dont see Gruen on the case.

The movement looks like a caliber 215SS (should be the number under the wheel) with seventeen jewels that started in 1948.

Could also be rolled gold. Thin layer. No gold scrap value anyway.


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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15980 is a reply to message #15978] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi, welcome. In the Gruen catalog this is wristlet model "WR 766". Its listed as having movement calibre 215ss. It was available in gold and gold filled. Jennekes correct, this is certainly the gold filled option, with a steel caseback.

Matthias
Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15981 is a reply to message #15978] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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I found my digital microscope and took some close ups of the gold cap.
Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15982 is a reply to message #15981] Sun, 02 January 2022 19:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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The back of the case says the gruen and steel back, The gold I don't think it is plate. There is a thin plate that is stamped the case cover out of. I am sure its not a great amount of gold but I don't think its plate. I am positve the scratches are service dates. 2-9-56 *-28-57 5-10-80

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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15983 is a reply to message #15982] Sun, 02 January 2022 20:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barney Green
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This is the Gruen Pilgrim from 1952. It definitely is gold plated, a relatively rare model. Original price was $49.75, today watches like this are close to worthless, sorry, but there is no market for these ladies watches.

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Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15984 is a reply to message #15983] Sun, 02 January 2022 21:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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I have about 4 dollars into it and it works so I am sure its worth more than that.
Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15985 is a reply to message #15984] Sun, 02 January 2022 21:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barney Green
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I agree, it is worth more than that, but if you try to sell it you would not get much more I fear.

Gruen, Gruen, Gruen ist alles was ich habe... Gruen, Gruen, Gruen is all I have...(German folklore song)
Re: Picked up at a flea market, what model? [message #15986 is a reply to message #15985] Sun, 02 January 2022 22:04 Go to previous message
edteach is currently offline  edteach
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I bought a bag of watches at a flea market one was a Womens Seiko gold color watch that is quartz, new battery and a few links I took out and my wife loves it. This one and it works and keeps time. The other three are a Timex Works then stops mechanical movement, Bulova, liberty. Nothing of real value but I will try to sell the lot for the 2 bucks I have into the 5 watches. I will sell them for repair or parts.
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