I wish I could get one of these for good driving now a days...
This little gruen showed up about a year back in really poor shape. It's movement was trashed, no crystal, and it looked like it was in a car with a poor driver.
I spent the greater part of the past year finding the right parts for it, had it completely gone over, and now its back to its full glory.
I spent a good part of a week cleaning the radium off this dial. Usually, I would leave it alone. The norm back in the day was to restore the dial back to looking brand new, today we tend to just get them stable and leave them the way they are if possible. Looks like at some point someone gouged the back of the case to see if it was gold. It doesnt really hurt the value of the watch but I priced accordingly, and after the transformation its gone through it is well worth it.
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 1930. Ready to be worn and appreciated by its next steward.
1930 Gruen 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