A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

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    A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Most p.w. people know Gruen for the little thin 10 size Pentagon forms and their amazing variety of decorative styles in case and dial; and the presentation activity for these. An ebay listed gold Round Case with the small 10+size movement was a no bid for an unlikely high scrap value. Looked good to me so paid reserve price after confirming details by phone. It is big and heavy for a little Gruen marked Very-Verithin and wider and heavier than 14s Waltham.
    This odd to me special has case gift marked 1919. Very complex oversize dial has 3 or more different surface textures and faded gold plate colors. (Emphasized in photos, with green big plant leaf reflections) 17j adjusted Veri-thin movement with right number for 1919 489215. Not sure why front and back open on single external hinge. Could be considered the unknown Veri-thin hunter case? Inner thin cover has interior hinge. One of Fred Gruens maybe unique more colorful special presentation orders. Definitely a keeper not a scrapper.
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Wow, that's some dial there

    I know nothing about pocket watches, altho have been looking at some recently, but, to my eye, that does look a nice one........the mov't looks great!!

    Is it running??

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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    These Veri-thins are very reliable, durable, simple and precisely made. Also accurate when clean and lubricated. This like all will run a long time without oil, so unused to prevent wear.
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Wow, great looking watch!! I work in Oswego NY!! Cool to see a watch from there. Post card with The Pontiac on it (see link below). in 1919 there was The Pontiac Hotel in town.......

    The Pontiac Oswego, NY

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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Thanks for hotel card reference. Dated same age as watch. Nice place. Bought it.
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Man, that is a WICKED monogram on the back! WOW!

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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Agreed! A wonderful watch and a truly stunning monogram! I love monograms. One day I'd like to get a signet-ring with my own monogram reverse-engraved into it...but that might have to wait.
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Very nice pocket watch! Congrats and enjoy!
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    Thanks for hotel card reference. Dated same age as watch. Nice place. Bought it.
    You bought "The Pontiac"? What are you going to do with a hotel?
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    Re: A not very Veri- Verithin 1919 GRUEN p.w.

    Not much. $15. gets me only a small piece of cardboard sent from the lobby in 1918.

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