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Welcome To GruenWristwatches.com
Dedicated to 100% to Gruen Watches... "All Gruen, All the Time"
Enjoy your stay and get as much educational material as you can carry
Continuing the quest for a clean homepage to make your stay more enjoyable, an UPDATES page was created. Rather than put all these site updates on this page, they're going over there.... still moving old update notices.
Most Recent Updates
Dec 2013 - Transfer of publishing rights to the book Gruen Wristwatches - A Collector's Guide. Read more about it in Updates
Dec 2013 - Model names and prices for 1951 in Reference Info
Nov 2013 - Rice Leaders of the World Award in Reference Info
Enjoy a few restorations - Most are, hopefully, now being worn daily
Sorry about the ordering of the pictures being off. Some watches have 2 or more pictures that go together.
It gives you a chance to play "Match the Gruens" - What watch does the back 330 228 go to?
Note that for my new image viewer, you can use your mouse wheel to navigate once you are viewing. It's an unusual feature for online viewing.
Also, tablet users or touchscreen users, you can swipe to go backward and forward. You can do it with a mouse too.
Some of these watches are quite common, however the Model Names are not well known or haven't been known at all until now. Surprisingly the Decade Series books have a lot of obscure names. It's an outcome I didn't expect. Many of these common watches now have model names (my real focus in Gruen research). It's another way they can be used. The multifaceted aspect of these books were a pleasant surprise and was recognized by the review in the NAWCC Bulletin.
More models for you to learn and use. Some are already in other galleries but grouped and dedicated here for a reason..... don't overthink, just enjoy
Recent Restorations Completed in August 2013
Some Gruens have finally started to come out the other end of the restoration process. A few have a bit further to go, but thought I would shoot as many as I could while I have my attention on them.
I will be posting them a few at a time. I'll also add model information when I post the pictures or later so that you'll have the opportunity to see if you can figure them out. The explanation of each model follows the gallery. Like the other gallery above, try your mouse wheel to navigate the photos. Enjoy the watch porn...
Description of the August 2013 Restorations Gallery
The first group of photos is of a pair of 1950 / 1951 Veri-Thin Submarines from 1950 / 51. I have 50/51 down because of the differing ads for the watch. The newspapers all have them in December of 1950 where Gruen's national ad was run in 1951. So, I think it was released right around that 50/51 border.
The very last picture of the Submarine group was the previous Submarine that I restored. Because of how awesome the results were, I knew I wanted to do another one... or two. I sold the first one so I'm without one of these fully restored ones. I'm at a bit of a dilemma. I restore dials 99% of the time. One of these will for sure get restored, but I'm seriously debating about the other. It's in nice condition, but it's still not perfect like my first and the perfectness was the attraction for me. Must think on this one a bit.
I've included the Model Identification and Data Block for the VT Submarine as well. For the [conspiracy] theorists of the submarine pictured on the dial, that makes 3 Submarines that I've owned with no sub bobbing in the water. I neither claim I'm one of the believers nor disbelievers of the dial picture theory.
Following the VT Submarines is a lady's watch that is not technically restored but rather a new acquisition. It's pictured because it's solid gold. It is the only remaining solid gold piece in my possession, for any brand. Sad but true. Note how tiny it is. I liked it because of the enamel inlay and the gold strap buckle. While I haven't spent time finding the model, it looks like a classic Cartouche to me. I'm sure I'll find the model name soon enough.
I will continue to add commentary on each of the watches. For now, I have popped a few of the images from the Model ID Guide publications and from the new Decade Series (The 1930's, The 1940's, The 1950's). The Curvex Royalty that I have included has two illustrations, one from each of the different identification guide styles. They are different in both form and function.
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 had this watch for sale on eBay and kept looking at it thinking "this is the most beautiful watch I've ever seen; why am I selling it?
So, here I am after publishing 5 or 6 Gruen books, doing long hours of research, filling in some of the missing pieces that were destroyed, tragically , when the company changed hands in 1954. I hope you too will find the beauty in these watches and join the growing number of Gruen fans.
What's NEW in Reference ??
Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, dann genießen Sie den Artikel auf der Datierung Ihrer Gruen-Uhr mit der "Stil" gefunden im hinteren Teil fast aller Fälle die Uhren!
Gruen Time Magazine - The Gruen company newsletter that is jammed with information
**** NEW information from 1940 was unearthed with Gruen describing how they name their watches. A rare treat of an explanation straight from Gruen. Find out how Gruen chose their watch names here in the Reference Section ****
Newly added reference material.... Gruen movement longevity tables. Exciting new info about how long movements may have been in use.
Newly added reference material.... a large table of Gruen Official Metric Mainspring Sizes and for the first time, their Dennison equivalent.
PLUS, new for August...
Did you know Gruen gave away watches to airline employees in 1940? Read here all about it.
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 watch model identification, a new tutorial outlining some of my secret tools and techniques that I employ when researching a new Gruen watch has been written and posted. You can find it on the main menu above with the heading "Using Research Tools" or simply click this link to get there. I also put a link in the Reference area of the site. Enjoy and if you have suggestions or additions you would like to share, be sure and pass them along!
Find the name and the age of your Gruen, even if you're not an expert, check out the NEW identification books. Recently reviewed by the NAWCC
There's nothing else like them for ANY brand of watch
Find the name and the age of your Gruen, even if you're not an expert, check out the NEW Decade Series of Gruen Identification books.
There's nothing else like them for ANY brand of watch
Over 4,500 watches shown! A HUGE 950 page compilation of Gruen watches.
Reviewed in the NAWCC Journal, the Bulletin, in the Sept / Oct 2013 issue
THREE new books to help you find more information about your Gruen watches
Another Gary on eBay that I enjoy working with to identify Gruens has the ID Time-Restored. He was the first person to head me in the direction of this extremely common, but again, I've never seen a name for it anywhere. The watch is the Veri-Thin Barrister. I must have seen at least 50 or 60 of these and I never knew the name for them. When asked by Gary, I did a search and I found it twice in "The 1950s".
There's already another person on eBay that saw his listing and picked up on the same and used it in his listing too. Hopefully this name will stick and be associated with the watch.
For the past couple of years, I have contacted a few eBay sellers to give them more info on their watches. Some didn't care and were more interested in making a buck, others were quite thankful. As a result I've built some nice friendships.
It's difficult to see a seller that has done a good job on their watch not get a good return because of their lack of information. Or worse yet having bad information about their watch thus projecting an image of someone perhaps not to be trusted.
Very common, but not commonly named
Time Restored on eBay
New section added - videos of stunning restored Gruen watches. It's as close to watch-porn that you'll find. Navigate to it by clicking "Videos" on the menu running across the page above.
Identification Service Now Available - July 2013!
Check out the Identification Service page for information about a new service I am able to offer Gruen collectors. Guaranteed Gruen model Identification or 100% of your payment is returned. Low price! Guaranteed results. What a deal....
NEW, for August, the Walter Pipkin book!
The ad is common, the book is not. You'll the book in the reference section.
The New Style Number Dating Method for dating Gruen wristwatches helps collectors obtain date information for nearly all Gruens (some exceptions do exist). And, you don't have to already know the name of your watch to find it. Get the details here
FREE Windows software available on the same information page for quickly determining your watch's approximate date (using this new technique)
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 issue. It was the featured article of the month so that members and non-members could read it. Should you wish to read the NAWCC''s publication, you can find the current NAWCC Bulletin version of the article here on the NAWCC's website.
Hey kids! This is fun. See if you can remember your world geography and country flags. Come back daily to see if a new country has sent an official Gruen Ambassador overnight.
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