Gruen 17J Precision Curvex grade 370 wrist watch #B887060, vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split plate movement with gilt lettering and bold red ruby jewels has a slightly curved design to mirror the Curvex case, champagne-toned metal dial with raised fancy gold Arabic-style numbers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register is marked "Gruen Curvex", dial has a few small specks of discoloration but no heavy scratches or damage, sleek gold steel whip-style hands, heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) long rectangular Gruen Curvex-model smooth polish case with sculpted side bezels support a fancy 3-plane faceted heavy acrylic crystal, slightly raised top & bottom U-shaped bezels where the 2 ends of the "U" are the narrow, tapered extended lugs, back of the case has an exaggerated curve to facilitate sitting more comfortably on the wearers' wrist, case is showing normal even wear overall with some small spots of brass starting to show on the bezel edges and lugs along with a few short but moderately deep scratches on the crystal, we can replace the crystal with a new plastic one at no charge on request
, however it will not have the fancy profile of the current crystal, measures approx. 22mm wide x 43mm lug to lug x 11mm thick (crystal included), extra long YGF & stainless steel (SS) expansion band with wide rectangular segments that are deeply engraved down the center to give the band length a corrugated look. A high quality and desirable watch from the 1940s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1948-1949
- Company: Gruen
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Precision Curvex grade 370
- Serial #: B887060
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: fancy crystal, Gruen "Curvex" model
Case Width, without crown:
22mm (0.87 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- 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 January 18th, 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; as this watch is currently offered at our
, please message us on Etsy when purchasing this item to request a new crystal.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, 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
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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