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Re: 50th Anniversary Pocket Watch [message #18632 is a reply to message #18631] Mon, 04 September 2023 13:41 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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Looks like you got it all right. That's an original late watch, and a beauty.

However, I never really looked at Art's SN 79 before. The more I see, the more I question it. It's obviously the wrong dial, and that makes me suspect the case too, since the dial has been redialed as a 50th anniversary (therefore someone had money).

Looking over my data (which is a bit thin for 50th, I'll admit), here is the distribution for Gruen gold cases with 7-digit SNs:
103xxxx -  1 (suspect; probably a marriage)
106 - 5
107 - 5
108 - 3
117 - 1 (SN 79)

Conclusion: I really need more data.

Case serial 1178002 would match up best with 1928-29. So I guess one question is when/whether Gruen had cased up these watches, or whether they reserved cases for them. We know there were several style lines of case as well, so it's not a simple question - plus these watches could be ordered to taste.

Looking into the other information I have for case serials 117, I think it could be original, but I'm inclined to be skeptical.
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