Ladies 1926 Gruen Guild Engraved 14k Gold Filled Cushion Art Deco Wristlet Watch For SaleIn its glory years from the 1920s through the 1940s, the Gruen Watch Company of USA & Switzerland was one of the leaders in wristwatch design and quality, even collaborating with Rolex (i.e., the Aegler movement duo-dial doctor’s watch) from its factories in Switzerland. Prior to WWII, Gruen was better known in the USA than Rolex, which at that time was concentrating on the British and Commonwealth countries (hence lots of early Rolexes coming out of Australia and the UK). Hans Wilsdorf and Gruen were friends and neighbors in Switzerland (their factories were just yards away), and even agreed to market their watches as Rolex Gruen in Europe, but the Great Depression (and more urgent matters) prevented this.
I am very pleased to offer for sale the following ladies timepiece from the Gruen firm, a Gruen “Guild” Wristlet Model 68 that dates to ca 1926. This 14kt White Gold Filled watch is in excellent condition, complete with a sterling silver, engraved dial and cabochon sapphire winding crown.
Triple-signed for Gruen its three-piece, Cushion-form case measures 28mm end to end and 24.5mm in width (27.2mm with sapphire tip crown) or 1-1/8 inches long by 1 inch in width, not counting the winding crown. Fitted to the watch is a new matte black 10mm wide leather strap, able to fit a wrist 5-1/4 to 6-5/8 inches in size. My watchmaker David has fully serviced its original 15 jewel, 3 adjustment Gruen Guild mechanism, ensuring its wines and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The sterling silver, enamel finished dial is in excellent condition, the original that has been professionally restored to its correct status. It features a 60 minute outer track border, black enameled numerals, original blue steel Breguet-style hands and a separate sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and ‘sweep’ blue steel seconds hand. Note the finely engraved floral design center dial – beautiful! Signed GRUEN below the 12 and SWITZERLAND at the base of the dial.
The hardened acrylic crystal (removed for some photos to avoid glare) is in excellent condition with no flaws. The 14 Karat White Gold Filled case (a Gruen “Ultra Quality”) is Cushion in form and in excellent PLUS condition – complete with elaborately engraved bezel and case sides. The cabochon sapphire winding crown is vintage but a later replacement. It is in excellent order, winding and setting smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent condition, tastefully monogrammed “E.B.R.” Peeking inside I find a clean and high-grade Fifteen Jewel manual wind mechanism that is signed GRUEN GUILD – FIFTEEN 15 JEWELS, THREE 3 ADJ. – SWITZERLAND [Caliber] 179.
The inside of the case lid is stamped GRUEN ULTRA QUALITY - 179 with case number as well. Please note that the 179 is the movement caliber (grade) and that the last four digits of the case back (1258) are stamped on the center section of the watch, ensuring originality.
This cleaned, oiled, and regulated Gruen Guild “Wristlet 68” winds and sets very smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a new 10mm wide matte finish black leather strap that will comfortably fit a wrist 5-1/4 inches to 6-5/8 inches in size. So that’s the scoop on this beautiful Art Deco timepiece – ready to be worn and enjoyed by a 21 century woman who is a “Flapper” at heart.
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- In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
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Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.
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