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    Fred Gruen's thin p.w. modelsR

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Size:  225.7 KBRecently posted the Opera model from Gruen. The emphasis on thin watches was a Gruen trademark. I did some rough measurements of movements including dials. Opera which is 0 size 4.3mm. The Verithin 5mm. Semithin 5.3mm. Ultra Verithin 4.3 mm. There were 2 small sizes model 716 and 717 marked Gruen Guild also about 4.3mm. Waltham 1898 12 size 6.3mm. Elgin 1928 12 size 6.0mm. The last Verithin design ~1940 also 4.3mm. Gruen Swiss made thin movements were good quality and durable; some Swiss made specials were 1/2 thickness of Gruens.

    Photo of 3 here is Veri-Verithin looks like 14 size because of larger diameter thin looking case with Verithin movement. Semithin like American 12 size. The uncommon Gruen Guild looks like a 10 size. Its movement is 34mm diameter compared to Verithin 38mm.
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    Re: Fred Gruen's thin p.w. modelsR

    Wristwatches have occasionally emphasized thinness. But there is a limit to how thin you can get and still maintain stability. The thinnest Concordes are no longer made for that very reason. Do any thin Gruens suffer from similar 'flexing' problems?
    "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: Fred Gruen's thin p.w. modelsR

    Niether p.w. or w.w. were thin like some Swiss movements. Promotional literature from Gruen emphacized patented train layout rather than thin parts for an accurate and durable result.

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