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Help ID this Gruen

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:11 am
by JerseyMo
Found this in a box of used watch bands - interesting looking.
what can anyone tell me about it?
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Re: Help ID this Gruen

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:12 pm
by Barney Green
Hi,

this looks like a pretty rare model which I have not seen yet.
There is a "plain" version of this model which came without the diamonds. The plain version was called "Times Square", was introduced 1951 at $71.50 and has been built for about 2 years.
Your version was introduced shortly after the TImes Square and was most likely priced at $135. Gruen did the same to two other models in this year, the "Seville" and its 4 diamond version "imperial".
Unfortunately I have never seen your watch been advertised, so I do not have a name for you. There is just the Catalog number which calls it "Strap 730". I believe it was released about right for the Christmas business in 1951.

Barney

Re: Help ID this Gruen

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:58 am
by JerseyMo
so was this a men's model?

Re: Help ID this Gruen

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:42 am
by Barney Green
Yes, absolutely. Around 1950 the average mans model had the size of todays ladies models, hence people nowadays think of them as ladies models. The round gents models of the 40s were very small, whereas the long Curvexes seemed to have double the size.
The 415 caliber was the standard size caliber for gents watches.
There has also been a smiliar styled ladies watch, but this was much smaller.