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    Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Hello, folks.

    As I mentioned in another recent thread, I asked my grandmother if he had ever had any watches. After the Second World War, he had spent some time working as a jeweler and I figured there might be a watch or two in his collection. After some digging, my grandma found some cool, old watches including a Gruen Veri-Thin, which was her very first Christmas present to him--engraved "12/25/'45." The watch doesn't seem to be working now, but I plan on having it fixed up after I learn a little more about it and find a watch maker I trust. At any rate, I figured I'd share the pics.

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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Very nice. Dial and case both look to be in good shape. Gruen watches of that period are very high quality. Parts are still pretty available. Looking forward to seeing what it looks like cleaned up.

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    That is, indeed, very nice. Fingers crossed for a straightforward repair!
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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    I think it would be a great idea of having the watch working again.

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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Can you pop open the back and take a picture of the movement and what is written on the INSIDE of the back? I believe I can get more information for you.

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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    I think it would be a great idea of having the watch working again.
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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Is there a reference for removing this particular case back?

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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    I popped the case back off, and the movement, case back, and face all came off as one unit:




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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    The dial was nicely preserved under that crystal!

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    Re: Very First Christmas Gift, 1945: Gruen Veri-Thin

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTheWatchGuy View Post
    Can you pop open the back and take a picture of the movement and what is written on the INSIDE of the back? I believe I can get more information for you.
    For what it' worth, it seemed as though you'd have to remove the dial to get at the movement. I didn't see any seams between the case back and the rest of the watch. Any more clues from that fact or further instructions?

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