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What's up with Gruen Wristwatches ?

April 2014

The latest scoop.... Volume 2 is shipping which means I can take a short break.

Since my Gruen books are written in parallel, they sometimes released close to each other.  ow another Gruen identification book, from the Decade Series, is making the turn to go into the final stretch to the finish line.  The end is in sight, a great feeling.

I thought it might be nice to share with you a tiny fraction of the interesting things I found and learned from newspapers spanning 1911 to 1929, the span of the book. This period of time has a feel to it entirely different than the other Decade volumes. Each decade has it's own personality.  

Learn more in the Reference section - Advertising from newspapers in the 1920's

The Latest in the Gruen Model Identification Books

Cover of The Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Volume 2 book

Three years in the making and it's finally done.  

The Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Volume 2 contains considerably more watches than Volume 1 -- 60% more to be exact - the two Volumes together provide identification for over 1,000 vintage Gruen watches. Volume 1 has 97 pages identifying 389 models while Volume 2 has 170 pages that identifies 648 watch models, totaling more than 1,000 watches. Amazingly this accounts for less than 1/2 of the watch models Gruen made.

Watches of every type of Gruen watch are identified. These include the main 'series' of Gruen watches -  Curvex, Veri-Thin, Quadron, Cartouche, Baguette, Auto-Wind.

The book is available for purchase in the Gruen Bookstore.

Most Recent Updates
The last couple of updates You can get the full list of updates on the Updates page

April 3 2014 - Advertising from newspapers in the 1920's added to Reference section.

Feb 25 2014 - Version 2.0 of the Style Number to Year software has been released.  An important new feature added to show the calibers a given Style Number used. Download your copy on the Style Number Dating page.

Feb 3 2014 - Gruen annual reports for the years 1950-1953 posted in the Reference section. They are a goldmine of data for Gruen historians and researchers.

Feb 1 2014 - New month, new watch to see. This time a Pan Am in the Gallery section

Jan 26 2014 - Next chunk of site restructuring published. There was enough underpinning changes this time that I'm interested in hearing from you about any odd site behavior that's new. Added new stuff to several pages (new gallery, updated links, 

Jan 7 2013 - Doing a shuffle of stuff off this homepage. The Galleries here all went to subpages in the Gallery menu above. Things are a mess but will eventually clean up nicely

Dec 27 2013 - Official release of the Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Volume 2

Learn how to Identify Gruen watches! 

You too can be a pro at finding information about any Gruen watch using the tips, techniques and tools found here
As part of the desire to help educate and foster education in Gruen watches and the ability to identify them, I wrote a new tutorial outlining some of my secret tools and techniques that I employ when researching a new (to me) Gruen watch.  There's actually no secrets, just patience and hard work. 

Find the name and the age of your Vintage Gruen, even if you're not an expert.

Vintage Gruen Curvex Comet MikeTheWatchGuy's First Gruen

This is THE watch that hooked me, yanked me into the world of Gruens.  It started the obsession I suppose.  Until I restored this specific watch, I had never heard the name "Gruen" before (honest). I even had this watch for sale on eBay before I noticed the beauty. 

If you're new to Gruens, I hope you stay for a while with Gruens and get to know the brand. It's full of adventures and mysteries unlike any other watch brand.

The New Style Number Dating Method for dating Gruen wristwatches helps collectors obtain date information for almost all Gruens, regardless of who made the case or the caliber of the watch, etc.  It's about as general purpose of a dating tool as one could imagine. You don't have to already know much about the watch in order to date it. You need to read some information in the back of the case.

FREE Windows software available on the same information page for quickly determining your watch's approximate date (using this new technique). NEW version 2.0 for 2014 makes a major improvement in the data provided back to you.

This method was published in the AWCI (American Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute) and most recently by the NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) in the NAWCC Bulletin's April 2013 issue.  It was the featured article of the month so that members and non-members could read it.  Should you wish to read this month's free NAWCC's Bulletin article it's here on the NAWCC's website.  

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