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by afire
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: Gruen Caliber Date Table - Christmas 2017 Edition
Replies: 8
Views: 283

Re: Gruen Caliber Date Table - Christmas 2017 Edition

I had a men's model with an 823 that needed major repair, and it was not easy finding a good donor movement.
by afire
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Beginners Watch Forum
Topic: Vintage Purse Watch(?) Info & Value Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Vintage Purse Watch(?) Info & Value Needed

I don't think you're going to get much more info without opening the back and providing pictures of the movement and inner case markings.
by afire
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Watch Worn Over Shirt Cuff...?
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Watch Worn Over Shirt Cuff...?

I found this to be quite interesting and puzzling as to why one would wear a watch this way. A little searching on the net gives some indication that this method is realted to yatch racing and early motor cycle racing. Has to do with being able to see the timepiece without having to lift your sleev...
by afire
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Watch Worn Over Shirt Cuff...?
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Watch Worn Over Shirt Cuff...?

A visual aid for those who haven't watched the documentary in question:
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by afire
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Beginners Watch Forum
Topic: Vintage Purse Watch(?) Info & Value Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Vintage Purse Watch(?) Info & Value Needed

The patent number relates to the case design and Carl Friedrich Bosch was the inventor, but I can't link that name to any watch company. I think you'll have to open it up to get any more information.

And that's a very cool watch/clock. Love the enamel work.
by afire
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: 1925-1931 Gruen Precision Quadron
Replies: 16
Views: 552

Re: 1925-1931 Gruen Precision Quadron

It will take a 16mm band. The band in current production that I think best replicates the original bands of these watches, with the stitching making a squared off by the lugs (not sure if there's a term for that?) are the International Watchman pigskin bands: https://www.ebay.com/itm/16mm-XL-Tan-Bla...
by afire
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: New Yorker 21J Score
Replies: 14
Views: 518

Re: New Yorker 21J Score

I've read that thread before when I asked myself that same question. Clear as mud. And there seem to be a lot of sources out there arguing that the Hamilton/Illinois "motor barrel" is a going barrel, not a motor barrel at all. But most of that stuff goes over my head, to be honest.
by afire
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Elgin Watch Forum
Topic: A couple of new ones....
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: A couple of new ones....

The Thornton is a very cool looking watch. Am I making this up, or is this not the model that was also offered with blue enamel?
by afire
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Another Ebay find
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Another Ebay find

Could be a cool watch with the dial refinished to the right shape (and with no numbers). And I'm not sure just how misleading this seller is being: "Case is MINT, MINT!!! Contract case (non-illinois signed). Illinois movement, has incorrect dial as dial should not have numbers because they are on be...
by afire
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: 1925-1931 Gruen Precision Quadron
Replies: 16
Views: 552

Re: 1925-1931 Gruen Precision Quadron

There are probably about 15, if not more, dial variations fitting this crystal size. I've never noticed any particular pattern to which cases got which dial. And while I agree that $100-$200 is a pretty common range for gold filled Quadrons, this is one of the more eye-catching models, and if cleane...