GRUEN Made In Switzerland Stainless Steel Watch 8/10 Condtion
original brand name: Gruen
product type: Watch
made in: SWITZERLAND
water resistant: 165 ft
material: stainless steel
color: two tone
max length: 8 inch
min length: 6.5 inch
total item length: 52mm
material: stainless steel
color: two tone
Brand New. Never Been Used. This condition applies to a watch that has never been worn.
Like New. This condition applies to a watch that is not brand new, but is in perfect condition. The bracelet shows no evidence of any damage. The watch is working perfectly and needs no service work.
Excellent. This condition applies to a watch that shows light signs of wear. It may have minor visible scratches on the case, bezel, bracelet or buckle that can be seen with a loupe. If it is a strap watch, the strap may show signs of light use. If the watch it on a metal bracelet, the bracelet may have been resized, but all original links are installed or included with the watch. The watch is working perfectly and needs no service work.
Very Good. This condition applies to a watch that shows visible evidence of use. Scratches are light, but more numerous than "Excellent". If it is a strap watch, the strap clearly show use, but shows no major stains. The watch is working perfectly and needs no service work.
Good+. This condition applies to a watch that shows normal wear. Some scratches are evident but not significant. The watch is running and keeping good time, but may need minor regulation.
Good. This condition applies to a watch that shows extensive wear. There may be multiple scratches and/or other flaws . The watch is running , but may need to be serviced.
Fair+. This condition applies to a watch that has been used. The watch is running and wearable, but may gain or lose a few minutes over a twenty-four hour period. The case may show a few deep scratches.
Fair. This condition applies to a watch that has been used extensively and may require service or restoration to be wearable. The movement may be running erratically. The dial, case, and other major components may not be original, but no pieces are missing.
Acceptable +. This condition applies to a watch that requires service or restoration. The watch may have major cosmetic flaws, or missing parts, and may not run. A normal person would consider this type of watch to be in rough condition.
Acceptable. This condition applies to a watch that requires major service or restoration to be wearable. The watch may have major cosmetic flaws, or missing parts, and may not run.
In 1922 a consolidation took place where the D. Gruen, Sons & Co, Cincinnati, The Gruen Watch Manufacturing Co, Biel/Bienne and the Gruen National Watch Case Co, were merged into "The Gruen Watch Company". 1923 the company moved into a new facility, in Biel/Bienne.
In marketing and advertising, the Gruen Watch Company used 1876, and later, 1874, as its official founding date. The 1876 date is actually the founding date of the Columbus Watch Company, and the 1874 date is actually the year that Dietrich Gruen's first patent was issued.
By the mid-twenties, Gruen's sales had reached over five million dollars. In total sales, it had become the largest watch company in the U.S., as well as first in the average watch price!
In 1930 Gruen introduced the Baguette watches.
After the start of the Depression, 1930 an arrangement was made with Alpina, with the production of a dual branded Alpina/Gruen watch.
In 1935, Gruen introduced the first "Curvex" wristwatches for men. The Curvex is the company's most famous design. Expanding on the then-current fashion for long, rectangular wristwatch shapes, the Curvex watches were curved to wrap around the wearer's wrist. The biggest innovation of the design was to place a curved movement inside the curved case, allowing the watch to be thinner and more curved, and allowing the movement to be larger, more durable and more accurate than would have been possible if a smaller, flat movement was used. A year later, Curvex models for women were introduced.
During World War II, the Time Hill factory stopped making watches and instead worked exclusively for the U.S. military, manufacturing gauges and instruments for aircraft, ships and submarines. The company also made precision gauges used for delicate surgical instruments and for radios and other electronic equipment. During WWII, some watches were still manufactured at the Precision Factory in Switzerland and imported.
It was during and shortly after WWII that many American watch companies began to lose market share to Swiss imports. Many American watch companies began to move manufacturing to Switzerland in the 1940s and 1950s, while Gruen, who had always manufactured watch movements in Germany or Switzerland, launched the '21' series of wristwatches (named for their 21-jewel movements) which were entirely made in the United States.
The Gruen family sold their interest in the company in 1953, and the firm was broken up and sold in 1958. The watch manufacturing business was moved to New York under new ownership, and manufacturing was done exclusively in Switzerland.
The operation in Biel/Bienne closed its doors in 1977; their wonderful building topping the city was bought by their old supplier, J. Aegler, now Rolex Manufacture.
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