Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Vintage Gruen Precision

Today I'm wearing another vintage watch similar to many of my other vintage watches: It's from the 1950s or early 1960s, hand-wound, gold plated, has a non-original but probably also vintage expanding bracelet, and is from a well-known American watch company. This one has a Swiss Gruen 510 movement, but is inscribed inside the caseback with "Cased and Timed in U.S.A. by Gruen Watch Co." I suppose it has a pretty typical design for the time, although it does have a unique "bark" finish to the dial which does add some visual interest. The crystal has some crazing, possibly from some pressure placed on it, but overall it's an attractive watch that has held up pretty well over time.

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