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Veri-Thin Time Hill [message #5674] Thu, 09 July 2015 17:20 Go to next message
Gary
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Location: Left Coast
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Model name : Time Hill
Type : Veri-Thin
Period/date : 1949
Gender : male

Case Maker : Gruen
Case Material : 10K gold fill
Case Serial :
Case Style no : 651

Caliber : 335
Movement Maker : Gruen Norwood, OH
Movement Serial:

Bracelet : Metal

Other info : Identified by Mike and his Gruen Identification Guide. Thanks Mike!

This one was brought in last night to look at and the dial was quite interesting. I've seen only one other example here or on ebay. Under the loupe the lettering is enamel not print, I'm almost certain the dial is original.

This also got me thinking that this was leftover inventory from the demise of the company?

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Re: Gruen Veri-Thin 21 Jewels [message #5681 is a reply to message #5674] Thu, 09 July 2015 21:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
MikeTheWatchGuy
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Registered: May 2013
Location: North Carolina
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Hey Gary

You've got yourself a 1949 Veri-Thin Time Hill with the original band. No doubt about the band. It came with 2 styles and yours is the first one. Big-time doubt about the dial.

All of the dials I've seen in images from Gruen have exactly the same figures. Doesn't mean that they all shipped that way, but I believe both the band and the dial played a big part in the style of this watch. The dials had numerals at the 2, 4, 8 ,10, 12 positions and matchsticks elsewhere. Some watches had a single dial, at least when it shipped, and I believe this model is one of them.


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The one I sold in 2009 (yikes it's been too long ago!) clearly doesn't have an original dial.
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I'm not a subscriber to the Sloppy Gruen Watch Company camp. Also not sure they would have inventory left over for a watch that wasn't immensely popular. It was only advertised in 49 & 50.

I do like that watch you've got. I don't see wear showing through, even on the band, and bet it will polish up very nicely. I bet you got it for a great price, not because of the watch, but rather shrewd buyer at work.
Re: Gruen Veri-Thin 21 Jewels [message #5682 is a reply to message #5681] Thu, 09 July 2015 23:18 Go to previous message
Gary
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Registered: May 2013
Location: Left Coast
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Thanks for the ID on this one Mike! That dial on this one very well made, like factory made in fact. Not only the lettering but the minute and second indices are enamel.

BTW not in my hands, yet. ;-) We might have a new member, I sent the seller this link.
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