$3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial
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    $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    I picked this up at an estate sale for $3. It runs but is missing the crystal. It has a mirrored dial with no writing other than hour markers. I assume a redial but am wondering what you think. Did the Dial come this way and just lost the Gruen writing? .


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    Re: $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    I suspect that the dial originally had markings that were lost over time due to damage/fading.
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    Re: $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    Agree. Probably original dial and a bad attempt to clean it.
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    Re: $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    I think it is lovely with a brilliant case design. Damn good purchase indeed.
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    Re: $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    I suspect that the dial originally had markings that were lost over time due to damage/fading.
    What I find in the usual is that it is a silver mirrored finish and I thought dials were always brass. It also has applied markers that you do not look like they were touched. That’s what has me questioning it.


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    Re: $3 Gruen 415/739 with Mirrored Dial

    For the most part, Gruen in this time frame was still using sterling as the base for the dials. Markers were likely gold plated but some higher-end Gruens used karat gold markers on the dial.

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