I inherited a women's watch collection.

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  1. Brittany

    Brittany New Member

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    Hello all!

    I inherited my grandmother's watch collection about two years ago. I began going through them property today. I wanted to show them off, and hopefully someone might know some history behind any of them.
    Pictured from left to right
    Gruen Verithin
    Seiko Quartz
    Acqua Quartz
    Benrus
    Timex
    Timex Quartz

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  2. new2clocks

    new2clocks Registered User
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    Welcome to the forum, Britttany.

    Your questions will be better answered in the wrist watch forum.

    A moderator will be along to move your post.

    Do NOT start a new thread on this topic as multiple threads on the same issue become confusing.

    Regards.
     
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    musicguy Moderator
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    Hi Brittany,
    Welcome to the NAWCC forum!

    I am moving your post to the Wrist Watch section.


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  4. Barney Green

    Barney Green Registered User

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    Hi Brittany,

    I'd like to start with the left watch on your photo which is the Gruen Verithin and appears to be the oldest of your collection. Although I do not have as much information about this watch as I initially thought.
    From what I recognize on the photo this is a 1952 introduced so called "wristlet" watch of the Verithin series. It has four tiny diamonds at the lugs and was therefore priced in the higher range of approximately $71.50.
    This watch unfortunately does not appear in advertisements I have access to, so I do not know the sales name of it. The two diamond version was called Verithin Paula and came out a year earlier, priced at $50. So all I have for your Gruen watch is a catalog number which is WR758 if I identified the watch correctly.
    The 10k white gold filled case design could be called conservative for 1952 when the designers started to create really fancy shapes. The lug design had been used since the late 30s for Gruens 4 diamond watches which makes it particularly difficult to really ID the watch from a single photo shot in just one angle. The basic case design was used since 1950 and there has been a number of watches based on it showing various shapes of lugs for connection of the watch band. They should all bear the style number 675 inside the case bottom.
    There should be a caliber 215 ticking if my assumption is correct, which is the 17 jewel version of the ladies Verithin movements of this time.
    So definitely a higher ended Gruen of its time, not one of the mainstream models.
    If you could open the case, you could probably verify my assumptions, inside it should read CASED & TIMED IN U.S.A. BY THE GRUEN WATCH CO. 215 / 675 followed by the serial number in case I am correct. I would assume the serial number starting with C6 or C7 most likely.

    Can't tell you much about the other watches as I am specialised on the Gruens...
    My best guess for the age of the other watches
    Seiko Quartz -ca. 1990
    Acqua Quartz- ca 2000
    Benrus - ca 1970
    Timex - ca. 1960
    Timex Quartz - ca. 1980

    This would be a new watch every 10 years, alhough I doubt a little that your Grandma wore the 1960 gents Timex herself. :)


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