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A friendof mineshowed me an old watch the other day.

I can't remember where he said he got it, but it was a Gruen Veri-Thin.

Just by the design of the caseback I'm guessing it was an early model.

Possibly around 1937-1938 which is around the time that Gruen first brought them out. They were to complement their Veri Thin pocket watch line.

Of course it was small, I'm guessing 35mm, with a silver dial. It had a nicely sculpted round case, possibly white gold. It had furnace blue hour and minute hands with a sub-dial seconds. It also had a very nice domed crystal.

Switzerland was spelled out at the six o'clock position.

Now the best part. It still worked! I brought it home and it actually kept pretty good time. I'll bet it's never been serviced (mechanical movement).

So next time someone asks what's so special about Swiss (real Swiss) madewatches this is a perfect example.

If I get it back from him I'll try to post a picture or two. It really, really, looks as old as it is. I told him to take it to a reputable jeweler and have him open it up and find out more about it. Might be worth restoring. Right now it has a cheap Spiedel Twist-O-Flex band on it. LOL

Gruen made watches right across the street from Rolex. Rolex now owns the original building for offices.

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