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    Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Many years ago I found this watch on ebay from a dealer in Portugal. Since I like thin, handwinding watches with a small second-hand and Breguet hairspring, I was fascinated by this one and bought it for a reasonable price.
    After I received it, I gave it to a watchmaker for a complete overhaul. The watchmaker told me that it was still in very good condition and he did not had to replace any parts.
    I was wearing it for some time, when one day it suddenly stopped. I gave it to the watchmaker again and he could fix the problem at no cost. He did not tell me what the problem was.
    Soon, many new watches joined my collection and this one disappeared, carefully packed, inside a drawer.


    In the meantime, I learned to overhaul watches by myself, bought all necssary tools, cleaning equipment, oils and greases, etc., etc.


    After many years, I re-discovered this Gruen watch and decided to bring it to life again.
    I carefully disassembled it, checked the parts for wear and tear and decided to order a new mainspring, since the old, blued steel mainspring was pretty short and showed some small signs of corrosion. I also found the setting lever spring broken and missing. This could had been the reason why the watch stopped years ago. I was lucky to have found a NOS-one from a dealer in Germany.
    I especially had to take great care of the Breguet balance-spring, because the blued steel does not forgive if streched too strong during handling and cleaning.

    I have to apologize for the pictures taken with my smartphone. I shall not take photos without sufficient light!


    You can clearly see the broken and missing part of the setting lever spring.


    The gear train as in a watchmaker´s schoolbook.


    The old, blued steel mainspring. The barrel was still in good condition.


    After re-assembling all the parts, including the new mainspring and setting lever spring, carefully oiling and greasing (a little less is better than too much), the watch runs pretty good at approx. +10 sec./day with amplitudes between 230 – 275 degrees. The beat error could be better, but manually turning the hairspring-collet and adjusting it by just 2 milliseconds is almost impossible.





    A simple but classic wristwatch with a good quality movement from 1958.
    The chromium plated case is still in perfect condition and shows no signs of abrasion.



    This particular one must have been a gift for a 10-year-anniversary. Unfortunately I can´t read the Cyrillic letters in order to translate it.
    If anyone know what it means, please let me know!
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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Antin(or smth like that) Charku
    Kinotechnika
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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    watchans:
    Interesting post. In the 50's my uncle gifted me a Gruen. One o the best watches I ever owned
    but styling was dated. My watchmaker had another watch in for repair with a broken balance
    staff. I paid for the repairs for that watch by trading the Gruen to him.

    You've probably heard the expression "now there's one I wish I had back" Exactly my situation.

    Gruen was a "tank" watch. Movement similar to your Gruen. Also 17 jeweled

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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Thank you laikrodukas!
    Maybe it was given as a gift for a 10-year-anniversary of a movie theater´s employee or owner.
    I like the style of this handwriting engravement.

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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Quote Originally Posted by arogle1stus View Post
    ...You've probably heard the expression "now there's one I wish I had back" Exactly my situation...
    There are still plenty of Gruen Tank-style watches available in the US. More than here in Germany.
    But you have to look for the condition of the watch. You just have to `separate wheat from chaff´.

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    It's great to see another nice watch get out of the drawer and onto the wrist!

    Gruen watches are underappreciated---they made a lot of quirky gems.
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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_S View Post
    It's great to see another nice watch get out of the drawer and onto the wrist!

    Gruen watches are underappreciated---they made a lot of quirky gems.
    Thank you!
    I like it that much, that I can´t stop wearing it! I have many new watches in my collection, from JLC, IWC to Junghans, Grand Seiko and Royal Orient.
    But this particular one is still my favorite, the simpler the better!

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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    The text on the case back is
    Антић Жарку
    "Кинотехника"

    Roughfly translated as:

    To Antić (family name) Žarko (first name)
    "Kinotehnika" (company name)

    It was given for a work anniversary. And I can guess it's from Serbia or Montenegro (ex Yugoslavia for sure) because of the names and the Cyrillic.

    I tried to find more info about the company. It seems that it's was from Belgrade and that they made amps for cinema use. :)

    Oh yeah, very nice watch! :)

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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Just found those images




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    Re: Gruen Genève Precision Cal. 422R Ref. 1114

    Quote Originally Posted by esdy_11192 View Post
    The text on the case back is
    Антић Жарку
    "Кинотехника"

    Roughfly translated as:

    To Antić (family name) Žarko (first name)
    "Kinotehnika" (company name)

    It was given for a work anniversary. And I can guess it's from Serbia or Montenegro (ex Yugoslavia for sure) because of the names and the Cyrillic.

    I tried to find more info about the company. It seems that it's was from Belgrade and that they made amps for cinema use. :)

    Oh yeah, very nice watch! :)
    Dear esdy_11192,

    thank you very much, indeed!
    I appreciate your help and your efforts to find out these very helpful details!
    This explains that the watch has never left Europe after it was made in Switzerland and obviousely first sold to a watch dealer in Belgrade, and finally found it´s way to Portugal.
    The company `Kinotehnika´ must have been a very good employer, because this watch was pretty expensive in 1958. Probably this gentleman was part of the managing directors in order to receive just a valuable gift.

    This shows that the international community of watch collectors is an endless source of information.
    Once more, thank you very much for your help!

    Kind regards,
    Hans
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