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    Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    Apologies if this belongs on a vintage string. I've always been enamored of the Gruen Curvex, although I don't own one yet. This seems like a truly iconic design. The understated and classic appearance seems reminiscent of an era when dress watches were the norm, and men dressed in suits more often. I'm not sure why they aren't held in higher regard, or even why the design hasn't been picked up by modern watch makers. I'd like to hear from anyone who owns one, or get other opinions from WIS familiar with the curvex. Thanks
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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    Moved to Vintage.
    In my view they are highly respected and very collectible.
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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

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    Trust me - They are held in VERY high regard and prices have rocketed for lovely examples like yours.
    There re a couple of Gruen experts on this forum - they will give you lots of advice on yours.

    Modern 'curved' watches I think they exist (?thinking?) , but your point is well taken

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    MODERN? How about this Graham - I love this watch to.
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    Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    I have only one (so far). I find the style highly addictive, though.

    Mine isn't as long or as curved as yours, I think. Mine has probably been redialed at some point, and it is powered by the 370 movement.

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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    Unfortunately I don't own one, I just posted the photo as an example for those reading this thread. It's very high on my list though and I wanted to see what others might have to offer. Thanks to all the contributors.

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    Always been a favorite and will have one someday as I am a vintage guy who likes the Gruens, Hamiltons, Wittnauer's, etc.

    Are you talking more of a Driver's watch, that was meant to be worn on the side of the wrist? These are awesome!
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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    The Mans GruenCurvex must be fitted with one of the following movements, All are 17 jewels.
    The 311 introduced in later 1935.
    The 330 introduced in 1937.
    The 440 is next in 1940.
    And finally the 370, know has the Curvametric, in 1948.
    If it does not have one of these 4 movements, all of which are stamped, it is NOT a Gruen Curvex
    No matter what is says on the dial, or what the watch dealer states
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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    I JUST SOLD MINE. IDENTICAL TO THE PIC YOU POSTED. VERY NICE WATCH.

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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    I have one that is currently in pieces on my bench, didnt have a stem and needs some clean up, I'm gonna post some before and after pics once its done in its own thread. But I do agree, they are very beautiful and elegant watches. The curved design makes it feel so much more natural (at least for me ) on the wrist.

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    Re: Any Gruen Curvex owners out there?

    YOU CAN EXPECT CONSIDERABLE RESPONSE. I have started acquiring these even though now seems harder to find and a little more expensive. Even the big ones Majestic and General are not really large sizes although long with extended lugs. However, hard to beat the quality of these w.w. Hamilton and Waltham had a few nice ones moderately like the GRUENS. Black strap Majestic, brown General. These and a few other good ones all ebay sourced in a couple months. Nice w.w. without Rolex and Patek prices; and distinctive. Will try to add a couple nice Hamiltons Both use same 1936 movement, but substantial platinum is 1944 wartime recase. Gold is Hamilton Gilman with good diamonds added. Gruens 330 movement except for a couple.
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