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    Thumbs Up New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Got these recently and finally got around to taking some pictures. They all came from ebay and in separate lots, I paid less than $20 for them all though and they all run nicely.
    Up first is a Whitely auto from the 40s I guess, it also happens to be my first Bidynator. The gold filled case held up pretty well for being around 70 years old I think.
    Also in that lot was this sweet vintage Seiko Auto. Its got a gold colored case with a nice two-tone band and textured gold dial. Nice 70s style.
    Next is a nice simple watch from one of my favorite brands. Its a silver Gruen Precision 17j from the 50s or 60s with a clean and refined dial. I don't know what the case is made of, I think maybe aluminum.
    Lastly is a nice stylish Elgin Shockmaster from the 50s. The vertical dial stripes and gold case really set this one apart.
    Any info is welcome, thanks
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    The Elgin dial is luscious!
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Up first is a Whitely auto from the 40s I guess, it also happens to be my first Bidynator. The gold filled case held up pretty well for being around 70 years old I think.
    I like this one.
    I presume you know what, who and who designed the 'bidynator' rotor?

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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    I like this one.
    I presume you know what, who and who designed the 'bidynator' rotor?

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    Certainly, however I'm surprised it took me this long to end up with one. The watch itself has a quality feel to it, it's solid and sturdy.
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    The Elgin dial is luscious!
    Thanks Eeeb, the dial is definitely one of the coolest in my collection.
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Congrats I like them all and cant believe you paid so little for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addictedtowatches View Post
    Certainly, however I'm surprised it took me this long to end up with one. The watch itself has a quality feel to it, it's solid and sturdy.
    Excellent
    Yes, thats why I liked it.
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    Congrats I like them all and cant believe you paid so little for them.
    I've been getting really lucky lately on ebay, I'm buying lots left and right and the ones I keep show up here. The rest are sold to fund more purchases or to get some cash. My collection has grown exponentially this year, I don't know if that's good or bad.
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Quote Originally Posted by Addictedtowatches View Post
    I've been getting really lucky lately on ebay, I'm buying lots left and right and the ones I keep show up here. The rest are sold to fund more purchases or to get some cash. My collection has grown exponentially this year, I don't know if that's good or bad.
    Not luck.
    Better experienced to wait and be patient for the bargain that fly's under the radar.
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    Re: New Additions, Elgin, Gruen

    Love that Gruen, and the Elgin is nothing to sneeze at either :)
    Nice watches.
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