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Gruen Watch Information

#1 Post by DJD1 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:24 am

Hello! I am hoping someone can tell me something about this watch that belonged to my grandfather. The watch still works (I'm wearing it now!) Back in the early 90s I had a jeweler offer me $700 (I think) for it but I just held on to the watch for sentimental reasons. Happy to answer any questions but I really don't know a thing about it. Thanks in advance for your assistance! :)
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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#2 Post by afire » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:27 am

The official model is "Quadron 73" and Gruen also used the term "Techni-Quadron," but most commonly it's referred to as a "doctor's watch." These were produced from the late '20s to early '30s. The movement is a caliber 877S which was made by the Aegler company. A bit of trivia related to this watch is that Aegler, which was partially owned by Gruen and partially owned by Rolex, produced the same base movement, but with some different finishing details for Rolex, the caliber 300, which was used in Rolex's line of "Prince" models. Here are a couple pages from the 1929 catalog that may interest you.
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By the way, I think that was a pretty honest jeweler who offered you $700. They typically sell for more than twice that now, and the early '90s is before my time, but I'd bet that was probably a very fair price at the time.
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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#3 Post by timeliz » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:59 am

Awesome watch DJD1!
Your watch model is highly sought after by collectors.
Just want to add that if you intend to wear it often,
it should be serviced so as not to wear down internal parts. Replacement parts can be difficult to come by.
Thanks for sharing your watch with us.

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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#4 Post by Barney Green » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:04 am

Hi DJD1,

what you are showing here is one of the most admired watches Gruen made: a Techi-Quadron. There were several versions of this watch, first introduced 1929, your version is most likely fom 1931. First time your specidic dial was shown in advertisements was to my knowledge February 1931 and they showed up from time to time until at least end of 1932 (have not checked later ads yet). Afire has already given most of the information that needed to be mentioned.
Here is an ad from 1932 showing it:
The_Post_Crescent_Tue__Sep_6__1932_.pdf
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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#5 Post by DJD1 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:14 am

Thank you all so much for the information, it's been a great help! I don't plan to wear the watch too often but I will plan to get it serviced since it probably hasn't been in 40 years or so. Appreciate everyone's time! :)

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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#6 Post by afire » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:10 am

Barney Green wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:04 am
Hi DJD1,

what you are showing here is one of the most admired watches Gruen made: a Techi-Quadron. There were several versions of this watch, first introduced 1929, your version is most likely fom 1931. First time your specidic dial was shown in advertisements was to my knowledge February 1931 and they showed up from time to time until at least end of 1932 (have not checked later ads yet). Afire has already given most of the information that needed to be mentioned.
Here is an ad from 1932 showing it:

The_Post_Crescent_Tue__Sep_6__1932_.pdf

Barney
Ha! The Appleton Post-Crescent, from my home town.

I didn't look closely at the dial. The "U.S.A. & Switzerland" isn't something you see often. But looking at the ad, even though it's illegible, I would say it also clearly says "U.S.A. & Switzerland" just by the pattern of dark and light.
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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#7 Post by Barney Green » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:54 am

Unfotunately I do not have a better scan. But also the "GRUEN GUILD" length fits, so I would definitely say it IS the dial...
Wasn't pictured very often, I only have a few ads showing it.

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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#8 Post by Barney Green » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:20 am

Here the probably best picture of an advertisement of this watch. It is also the earliest I have...
Again from Afires home town.
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Re: Gruen Watch Information

#9 Post by SFC » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:57 pm

Beautiful watch with a killer dial...thanks for sharing!

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