The unique dual Swiss/American nature of the Gruen Watch Co. specially positioned the company to combine fine Swiss precision with American appeal.
During the Jazz Age as American market watch firms dueled to create wristwatches that served as ever greater fashion statements, Gruen created a number of distinctive timepieces with no lack of panache.
The rare Gruen so-called "Bat Wing" driver's wristwatch featured in today's auction is a dramatic example of one of those pieces. Featuring a unique and eccentric "flexible lug" case, suggestive of the Chrysler building design so popular in Art Deco style, and a fine Gruen mechanism, this watch stands out from the pack for collectors.
Here are some of the features that make this wristwatch so special:
- Eccentric Art Deco case with distinctive, sophisticated, and harmonious proportions
- High quality, original Gruen mechanism
- Flexible lug design allowed drivers to wear the watch on the side of their wrist so as to read the time without taking their hands off the steering wheel
- Long and curved. Measuring an ample 50mm long, this elusive work of art makes quite a statement on the wrist.
We were fortunate to acquire it in all-original condition with uncommon pleasing original black dial. The band is vintage and even comes with original Gruen buckle!
The gold-filled case is in very good condition with age appropriate wear, though it is nicer than many examples and presents well on the wrist. The untouched original black dial with gilt printing is in excellent conditon with fairly light aging. The handwound Gruen movement is clean. Photos of the inside available upon request.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it and installed a correct new-old-stock Gruen mainspring making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It is running very strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new watch in our testing position.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Don't miss this very collectable Art Deco watch.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: c. 1920's
Serial no.: V39856
Model: Precision, Ref. 641
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 21mm wide at center (excluding crown), 50mm long lug tip-to-tip
Case material: 10K gold-filled
Case markings (outside): 10 KT. GOLD FILLED Apex, V39856
Case condition: Very good condition with age appropriate wear, though it is nicer than many examples and presents well on the wrist.
Dial: Signed Gruen Curvex and Precision, black with gilt printing, gold applied Breguet numeral indices, original and untouched
Hands: Original, gold, epees
Band: Vintage, Teju lizard or grain, remborde, very serviceable condition with original Gruen buckle
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it and installed a correct new-old-stock Gruen mainspring making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Keeping time on par with a brand new watch in our testing position.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.