Gruen 21J Precision Veri-Thin grade 335 wrist watch #555670, vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split plate movement with bold red ruby jewels and gilt lettering, champagne-toned metal dial with a brushed finish, raised gold Arabic numbers and markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a few very small specks but no heavy scratches or discoloration, gold steel baton-style hands with pointed tips, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish rectangular "flex" model Gruen case with a sloping bezel supporting a high domed faceted acrylic crystal, deeply corrugated design on the top and bottom bezels that connects to the distinct extended smooth polish squared corner hinged lug extensions that give this model its name, case is showing normal moderate wear overall however there are a few slender lines of brass showing on the lug extensions and the crown as well as some notable scuffing and light scratches on the fancy crystal, we can exchange the crystal with a new plastic one at no charge on request
however it will not have the distinctive dome or faceting of the current one, measures approx. 23mm wide x 53mm long (including the lug extensions) x 10mm thick (crystal included), highly textured red-brown leather strap. A high grade vintage Gruen in a very uncommon and desirable case from the 1940s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1940s
- Company: Gruen
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Precision Veri-Thin grade 335
- Serial #: 555670
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: fancy crystal, hinged lug extensions
Case Width, without crown:
25mm (0.98 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
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 June 29th, 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 acrylic 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.
Please note that the average turnaround time for wrist watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; however, we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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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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