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    D. Gruen's Columbus W. Co. examples

    Dietrich Gruen was president Of Columbus 1874-94. Age 21-41 before organizing Gruen watch business. I never kept any old Columbus watches and had some good ones. As a recent Gruen collector recently bought an 1888 16 size with odd regulator and a very good 1894 Railway King. These are both Gruen designs not the Aeby Swiss movements used by Gruen in early Columbus watches. Columbus was a small volume producer. 1888 10 per day made. 1894 serial number only 230,000. Lever setting moves sideways clockwise to set. Not sure later ones do.
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    Early Columbus Watch Co is interesting. Yesterday I lost the opportunity of buying one like in your first picture (which by some reason does not expand to full size) due to my computer went into a freeze. I hate that.
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    Photo checks o.k. here. Later 16 size do not have this odd regulater. Were you looking at same, but different age? Serial number? Gruen made lever set pendant wind 16 size before 1880. Serial 47xx. First to do so?

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    I live within walking distance of the old Columbus Watch Company's site. It is now in the middle of downtown Columbus (i.e. nothing remains).

    There is a wonderful book, Buckey Horology by James W. Gibbs. Gibbs was once the president of the NAWCC and wrote the book in 1971. It includes a 1940 letter written 5 years before his death by Frederick Gruen giving details on the history of his father's adventures with the Columbus Watch Company and later the Gruen Watchmakers Guild.

    Columbus was done in by one of the periodic bank/credit panics that pervaded capitalistic systems before Keynes show how stimulus by governments can control them. But from its failure grew Gruen.

    I have a few myself. My watchmaker hates working on pocket watches so I'm saving getting them all working for my coming retirement -- gads I'll be busy after I retire!
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    It was ebay item 190445561427 now ended. You can find it searching ebay with that number.
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    Eeeb that is a nice collection!
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    Re: D. Gruen's Columbus W. Co. examples

    Sure enough. Notice the South Bend from The company that acquired Columbus after 1903. I am acquainted with a Studebaker whose ancestors financed South Bend. I bought a Studebaker S.B. model for him.

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    very impressive collection eebthanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik_H View Post
    It was ebay item 190445561427 now ended. You can find it searching ebay with that number.
    As you write, the same thing. 96k compared to 97k. I think is relatively rare. Bid value not far off. I paid $50+ more for the silver cased one. Cheap for a rare Columbus, but I assume you noticed the ebay one regulator missing parts.
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    I have decided to stop looking so much for watches from ebay and rather get them from my chapter friends.
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