This watch was pulled out of a basement in North Philadelphia. At the time of its discovery this watch was in pieces, and nowhere near the restored glory that it's in now. Gruen is a company that has the typical storied history that most small watch companies had around the turn of the century. Small humble roots from the old world, builing up into a respected company, and finally fading away with the advent of the quartz age. In my opinion, Gruen was one of very few companies that transformed watches into works of art to be worn and appreciated. Even though this watch was a total loss, it was worth the time to be restored.
This one comes right smack dab in the high point of Gruen's lifespan. The watch screams art deco in its highest level and aside from whats on the outside, this watch has even more to offer under the hood.
Like most companies back then producing watches, movements were purchased from Europe and hallmarked with the companies name on the movement after being completed. These little Gruens were manufactured alongside another small production company at the time: Rolex. Beautiful with the designs of the company on the outside and powered by a movement fit for a Rolex. These are some truly remarkable watches.
This watch has been professionally restored, timed, and is about as good new as it was in 28. Ready to be worn and appreciated by its next steward.
1928 Gruen Precision Wristwatch
Diameter: 1/2 inch
Case: Gruen Watch Guild 14 Karat Gold Filled Case
Production Run: Unknown
Style: Art Deco
Dial: Brushed Metal
Hands: Luminescant Spade Style
Movement: Nickel Finish
Strap Size: 16mm