There are a great number of Gruen vintage watches available. Over the last century Gruen produced some high quality watches many of which still keep track of time today. For collectors, investors or people just looking for a classic look these models are a good place to start.
Gruen Techni-Quadron – Watch The Techni-Quadron watches which were released in 1928 comprised of a rectangular face and were similar, to the Quadron. The top and the bottom dial were of similar big sizes, while the former consisted of the hour/minute, the latter consisted of the second hand.
The Techni-Quadrons were often referred to as “doctor’s watches” as the huge seconds dial was easy to watch while measuring a pulse. The watch was also admired by various technical professionals, especially, engineers. Note that, all the dual dial Gruen watches were not doctor’s watches. On a Techni-Quadron, the dial consisting of hour/minute hand is mounted above where the crown enters the case, contrary, to the centre of the dial. Some of them also had an expanding buckle which allowed them to slide up to the arm, resulting in the freeing of the hand and wrist.
The Square Carr – The Carr, French for square, which was released in 1931, was a convenient square-shaped pocket watch. The 12, 3, 6 and 9 numbers were arranged in the 4 corners giving it the shape of a diamond. It could be used by both the genders and hence was marketed as a man’s pocket watch and a women’s purse watch as well as a portable table clock. A number of models came with luminous hands and numbers so that the they could be seen in the dark. The Carr was terminated in the year 1934 and cost around at $55 (~ $1400 at present).
The Famous Curvex Line – The Curvex, which was released in 1935, was termed Curvex Governor for men and the Curvex Queen (1936) for women. It was not only the most famous watch of the Gruen vintage collection, but was also the flagship watch until the late 1940s. The production of this watch was terminated after 1954.
An elite and unique aspect of the Curvex was that the watch as well as the movement inside it was curved. The patented movement (1,855,952) was applied in these watches and hence the configuration of the gears was curved in arrangement. Numerous other curved watches in the 1930s were compelled to use smaller movements which weren’t that accurate and were also very fragile.
All real men’s Curvex watches were Precision grade and had one of four movements. As a matter of fact What makes these watches unique is the movement, without it, it’s not a Curvex. The four movements are the caliber 311 (1953) – a long, thin movement, caliber 330 (1937) – a long, thin and curved movement (Custom Curved), caliber 440 (1940) – a short, square/oval movement, and the caliber 370 (1948) – a short and wide movement (Curvametric).
The Unique Ristside – Styled and designed to be worn on the side of one’s wrist and inline with one’s thumb, the Ristside watches were launched in 1937 and were pronounced as wrist side. These watches were distinctively desired by collectors but happened to be rare as Gruen did not sell many. Moreover, there is a possibility that some collectors will try to sell any local watch with hinged lugs as a Ristside. Apart from Fraternity (mentioned below) and a single additional similar model, all the Ristsides are rectangular in shape and have curved cases.
The watches that are considered to be a part of both, the Curvex and the Ristside family of Gruen vintage watches, are the Curvex-Ristside watches. The 330 movement; described as long, thin and curved movement in the above paragraphs; was used in the three types of watches; namely- The Curvex Coronet, Curvex Lord and the Curvex Admiral. The Curvex-Ristside Fraternity consisted of hinged lugs and used the 440 movement.