Gruen 17J Precision Curvex model 370 wrist watch #D516562, vintage mechanical manual-wind spilt plate nickel movement with slightly curved plates to fit the curve of the case back, champagne-toned metal dial with a matte finish, raised fancy gold Arabic-style numbers and markers and a seconds register marked at 6 o'clock, dial marked "Gruen Curvex Precision", dial has a few very small scratches and some patina around the numbers, markers and in spots on the dial, smooth polish gold steel wedge-style hands, heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish rectangular Curvex-model Gruen case with narrow side bezels, faceted top and bottom bezels, heavy extended lugs and an extra thick domed glass crystal, case is showing normal light wear overall however along the lower edge of the crystal there is some adhesive that has set on the lip of the bezel, it is not noticeable until it catches the light just right however we do not have the means to remove it without risk of discoloration to the surrounding material, it may be removeable safely by a jeweler with more restoration experience as there does not look to be any underlying discoloration or damage to the area affected, measures approx. 23mm wide x 42mm lug to lug x 11mm thick (crystal included), lightly padded brown leather band. A very high quality, desirable vintage watch from the 1940s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1948-1949
- Company: Gruen
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Precision Curvex model 370
- Serial #: D516562
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: curved plates
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Dial Details: marked "Gruen Curvex Precision"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: extra-thick glass crystal, Gruen "Curvex" model
Case Width, without crown:
23mm (0.91 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: glass
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of May 21st, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
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Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
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