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Date your Gruen using Style Numbers with the new online Style Number Dating tool
Simply enter your Style Number in the box below to find your watch's date and additional Style Number information
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WANTED! Documentation from the Gruen Watch Company!
If you have a relative that worked for Gruen then you may have some documents that are very important to Gruen collectors yet look like trash to you. Please contact me if you run across Gruen literature!
I'm particularly interested in "Microfilm"
What's New at GruenWristwatches!
More documents are being embedded into webpages in addition to the existing ability to download PDFs. When using the new viewer, you may want to right click and select " FULL PAGE " to get the best viewing experience.
Added a presentation on tariffs that Fred Gruen presented to the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives in 1913
Added a new issue of Gruen Time Magazine, July 1953, which has an article on the use of Microfilm to replace paper record keeping.
Added the text from the Gruen Time Magazines March, April, May, June of 1940. The information on these issues is important enough to warrant making it readable and searchable directly on the webpage.
Added a reference picture of men's Curvex movements with caliber, year and size information to the Reference section. Women's movements need to be added.
Added a new booklet that was pasted into the back of all 1929 Gruen Guild Books called "How to Select and Care for a Fine Watch".
Redesign of Reference Section in progress so that adding material is easier and search engines crawl better
Posted a Gruen video of a 1950s era commercial. Fascinating. Showing off many models of higher-end Gruens. You'll find it on the videos page.
Made the shareholder reports readable online! You've got no excuse now for not reading these important documents.
Another advertisement analysed for accuracy versus a photograph of a watch. A Veri-Thin Airman was used and the results are stunning.
The online Style Number dating tool has been updated with the latest research data (by B. Cooper) The new Style Number table extended the earliest date back to 1929! The previous table stopped at 1935.
Added a Gruen History page. The first part of the series is an overview of the company history and the famous movements they created.
Added Gruen Annual Company Reports for the years 1936 to 1953. There are a total of 179 pages for your to pour over and digest. They are a real treasure trove of previously unknown Gruen history.
Added a 1947 Curvex Trooper to the Gruen Watch Shop
Added a mint Strap 99 to the Gruen Watch Shop. It is time to begin the purge of accumulated restorations. I will photograph and post as quickly as I can, which is likely to be slower than I would like given the other Gruen activities.
Added a gallery along with a discussion of the caliber 819 movement which appears to be the least used Gruen production movement.
Added a gallery with a pair of green gold quadrans
Added a PDF of the 1917 Gruen "Blue Book".
A couple of new watches posted in the gallery - a ladies wristlet style, a white gold Quadron.
You can now buy an epub version of the Gruen Horological Text in the Google play store! The book was reformatted to fully utilize epub features such as table of contents and font resizing. Other watch repair books and reference books are being actively added. Special price on this new ebook!
Added a tutorial on how to open a snap back watch case. In general, it is not Gruen specific. It does contain a section on data collection that is Gruen specific. Use at your own peril.
Advertising images of 1930 Hollywood starlets holding Carre watches
Added the galleries for the Tilton and Veri-Thin Hollywood to my restored Gruens galleries page.
- Canadian Invoices - now in gallery format and PDF format. Much easier to browse and read.
- Brought back this "What's NEW" section to the homepage. The most recent updates will be shown here now as well as on the Updates page
- An original photo of the 1929 Alpina-Gruen sales conference. Here you'll find a very high resolution scan of the photograph that is printed in the back of the 1929 Gruen Watch Makers Guild Book. This photograph shows more people and is extremely clear.
- Gruen Time Magazine 1940 Uploaded to Reference Section. A RARE look inside of the Gruen Company via these internal company newsletters. A fascinating read.
The Latest in the Gruen Model Identification Books
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.
Learn how to Identify Gruen watches!
Find the name and the age of your Vintage Gruen, even if you're not an expert.
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.
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.
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However, please do not send me pictures of your grandmother's watch asking for information about it or how much it's worth. If you would like information on your Gruen watch, I do provide an identification service. I don't mean to be rude, disrespectful, unhelpful, nor out to make a bunch of money. I quite simply don't have the time to dedicate answering the many requests that I receive.
I know nothing about finding links for Gruen bands, nor have any knowledge of modern Gruen watches (models page 1959).
I AM, however, passionate about Gruen watches, really enjoy educating people, and try to gather and disseminate as much difficult to find Gruen material that I can get my hands on, most of the time at no cost. In other words, I often buy stuff and give it away.