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    Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    This watch belonged to my Mom's aunt and I was wondering if any of you experts could give me an idea of how old it is? What I know is that it's a wind up watch, with white gold and diamonds and that it currently works. On the face it reads:

    Gruen
    Curvex

    and below it appears to say "precision" though the second half of the word is faded. On the back it says Gruen 14k Gold with a large "W" to the left of the number 14.

    I am not asking because I am interested in selling it, I just think it's a beautiful watch and would like to know when it was made and possibly the value so I'll know if it's a good idea to wear on special occasions or not!

    Let me know if better pictures, or pictures of a different part of the watch are required. Thanks in advance for your response.
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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Looks circa 1941 or so, value - sentimental or scrap price for the Gold. Have it serviced.

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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    I think 1941 might be a tad early. Mike Barnett has a good ID book for watches and included womans styles. There is some similarity to a "Bride" model (c. 1948) but that is only in the styling of the case and is certainly not your model name. Yours is a higher end watch then the 'Bride' with a karat gold case, diamond accent and a Curvex movement. The hallmarks you list indicate that this is a Wadsworth cased watch and when you take it to get serviced, if you plan to keep it and maintain it so it will last to the next generation, the markings on the inside (the case serial) can be used to better pin-point a date for the watch. Serial should be in the form of Gxxxxxx or possibly Lxxxxxx.

    It is a beautiful watch, the unfortunate thing is that vintage woman's watches are not as collectable as men's.
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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Hi there!

    Let me give you a hand... I've got some new books just published that dives down really deep into the Gruen catalog (The Decade Series). Can you tell me what is written in the back of the case (i.e. the INSIDE of the back)? Or, better yet, post a picture of that part of it. Actually pictures of the inside in general will help.

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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTheWatchGuy View Post
    Hi there!

    Let me give you a hand... I've got some new books just published that dives down really deep into the Gruen catalog (The Decade Series). Can you tell me what is written in the back of the case (i.e. the INSIDE of the back)? Or, better yet, post a picture of that part of it. Actually pictures of the inside in general will help.

    -mike
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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Mike
    can you buy your books separately on Amazon?
    I'd be interested in knowing this, too. I've always wanted to snag one of the books written about Gruen's history or model line-ups. Lots of pocket watch info is a plus.

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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Mike
    can you buy your books separately on Amazon?
    Oh geez... how did I miss not answering this one??

    I have not yet released this series of books on Amazon. Some of my other books are there.

    It sounds like you want to buy one book only, for example. That's no problem at all.

    You can find these books for sale at Gruen Bookstore which is simply part of the GruenWristwatches.com larger site.

    Two other distribution channels... I have them listed on ebay, and you can buy directly from my printer Lulu.com . Just search for some part of the title and you'll find it.

    I have a brand new Gruen ID book, The Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Volume 2, that I am going to post on this forum today. It too is now on ebay and has been available in my store for a while now.

    I HOPE it's OK to answer this question with information on where to obtain this reference item that another user has requested. If it's not OK, I'm very sorry!! I am not trying to break the rules. There is some info on the forum regarding these books over in the For Sale forum.
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    Re: Just inherited this Gruen watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTheWatchGuy View Post
    Oh geez... how did I miss not answering this one??

    I have not yet released this series of books on Amazon. Some of my other books are there.

    It sounds like you want to buy one book only, for example. That's no problem at all.

    You can find these books for sale at Gruen Bookstore which is simply part of the GruenWristwatches.com larger site.

    Two other distribution channels... I have them listed on ebay, and you can buy directly from my printer Lulu.com . Just search for some part of the title and you'll find it.

    I have a brand new Gruen ID book, The Gruen Watch Model Identification Guide Volume 2, that I am going to post on this forum today. It too is now on ebay and has been available in my store for a while now.

    I HOPE it's OK to answer this question with information on where to obtain this reference item that another user has requested. If it's not OK, I'm very sorry!! I am not trying to break the rules. There is some info on the forum regarding these books over in the For Sale forum.
    Cool Mike
    I have an Amazon voucher - hence my question.

    BUT
    That said, i do want a copy of your books.
    AND The Gruen catalog, I think you offer on CD

    ALSO
    What is your Ebay name???
    Last edited by HOROLOGIST007; March 13th, 2014 at 23:24.
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