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    WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    I came across this thread in the vintage forum about a member who bought a vintage Rolex Prince that was rebranded as a Gruen for the US market. The best part about it is that he had no idea of its history or value.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/my-...h-2123706.html



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    The duo-dial "Doctor's Watch' movement was the invention of Aegler S.A. of Bienne, supplier of movements to Rolex (now part of Rolex). Gruen also owned shares in Aegler, whose factory was across the street from Gruen's own Precision Factory. This expensive watch, the first production movement to obtain regular chronometer certification without special individual adjustment, was accordingly sold in the British Empire and Europe exclusively as the Rolex Prince, and in the USA exclusively as the Gruen Techni-Quadron, so they never competed. This started in 1928 and continued until 1934 when Gruen sold its shares in Aegler, ending production of the Terchni-Quadron version of the watch. Rolex could thereafter distribute in the USA, although it did not do so in a big way till the '40s.

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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    That's amazing! What a great looking watch.


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    It wouldn't have been me because I'm the guy that pays £1,200 for a £1 watch.

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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    It wouldn't have been me because I'm the guy that pays £1,200 for a £1 watch.
    I'm the guy who pays $100 for an $80 watch, but yeah... I feel ya...
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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    Yeah, that was me. It was an amazing find, and I had no idea when I bought it, though I found out pretty quick... I just bought another Gruen this morning that I'm trying to learn more about also. Anyone care to help out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Totoro66 View Post
    I came across this thread in the vintage forum about a member who bought a vintage Rolex Prince that was rebranded as a Gruen for the US market. The best part about it is that he had no idea of its history or value.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/my-...h-2123706.html



    Some info on the watch
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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    It wouldn't have been me because I'm the guy that pays £1,200 for a £1 watch.
    Ha,ha,ha,ha
    "Some day I'm going to buy a real wristwatch"

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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    I hear all these stories about awesome watch finds at yard sales and goodwills. Can't wait till I strike gold.
    "At the end of your life, you won't regret the watches that you bought, but the ones that you haven't."

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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    It wouldn't have been me because I'm the guy that pays £1,200 for a £1 watch.
    The cheapskate in me would have tried to bargain top he owner down to $0.50
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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    Nice find! My bargain find was a Harwood Automatic movement stuck in a bag of old Timexes I bought for $12. Kept a couple of Timexes, sold the rest for $12, and pocketed the ~$175 or so I got for the Harwood.

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    Re: WUS Member Unwittingly Buys $1,200+ Vintage Rolex for $1 at Yard Sale

    And, btw... It wasn't entirely "unwittingly..." I knew Gruen was a name to watch out for... Though I learned a lot pretty fast.


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