Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

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    Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    I posted this over at WatchTalk, but then I found this forum specific for vintage watches, so I figure it would be better to put it here.

    I was laying in bed last night and it occurred to me that I had a box of watches that belonged to people in my family.

    This first one is really, really cool. It's a Gruen Verithin, but I think there are different models of it and I'm not sure of the year... The 1930s or older? Nonetheless, it's in REALLY good shape. I'm almost positive it was my great grandfather's. I opened it up and I wrote down the serial number on the movement as well. Let me know if it would help in identification.





    This next is also really neat... And it runs! It says Heritage on the dial. The hands are my favorite.





    This next one is an Elgin.





    Now, I REALLY like this one. The face is aged and it gives it a cool look. The dial says Chic.



    This one is a Lausanne. It is complete with the warranty paper and the original box. Perhaps a local watch company?





    A pair of Timex...





    A Westclox.



    Two cool little Sheffield watches.





    This one's dial reads Geneva. Never heard of it.



    This one is a Norman. I haven't heard of this one either.



    Now, this last one I can't make out what it says. I will try to clean it up. It's the unknown beast.



    .... WHEW! This has been fun. Even if I don't find out much, this will hopefully be a cool look for you guys. I know it has been fun for me to at least even hold them! The Gruen and the Heritage pocket watches are my favorite.
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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    I will ring my standard 'movement pics pleze' chime. DING!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    Too many watches in one post. Lets see them individually, you need to show the movement for identification. Try first with the Gruen, and then with the "Chic" named Art Deco design watch.
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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    Here is the Gruen.



    Let me know if you can't read anything on it and I'll type it out.

    The other watches I'm not sure how to get open.

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    Well imo the Gruen is the treasure in this lot. Adj 5 pos, nice and top quality.

    The heritage looks to be a modern(ish) pocketwatch reproduction.

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Well imo the Gruen is the treasure in this lot. Adj 5 pos, nice and top quality.
    That's what I figured. Does anyone have a ballpark year that it was made in? I know it's hard to find out because Gruen's records were destroyed, but I'm very curious.

    I'm looking to get the Gruen running again as well. I expect the service to be expensive. It won't run and I can't even adjust the hands.

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    A date guess.... near WWI and before WWII for the Gruen. It is worth putting some money into. I don't think any of the others are.
    Last edited by Eeeb; October 16th, 2010 at 03:33.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    I found a post discussing Gruen serial numbers.

    A guy has an engraving on his VeriThin that says it is from 1917 and its movement says the same things on it as mine. It's serial number is also pretty close to mine.

    His thoughts: "469691 Gruen Watch Company VeriThin ; Gruen VeriThin; 17j adj 5 positions temperatures; (can be dated 1917 by engraving)"

    It's in this thread: Gruen Watch Serial Numbers - Topic Internet Horology Club 185

    I think your estimate of near WWI is quite accurate, Eeeb.

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    You found a great link

    As you point out, your serial number is between 2 dated serial numbers,

    469691 Gruen Watch Company VeriThin 1917
    484867 Gruen Watch Company VeriThin 1918

    I would feel confident of that date if I were you - 1918 most likely as yours is a 482.

    Repair need not be incredibly expensive - although it does depend on where you are, but don't get ripped off just because it is old.

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    Re: Bunch of vintage watches/pocket watches. Any help with identification?

    Sure, the last thing I want to do is get ripped off! It's a neat feeling holding something this old. It's weird, actually. It's a piece of history!

    I want to get it working ASAP. But I'll have to take my time finding someone good to work on it.

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