1940s Unisex Gruen Watch | Custom Suede Leather Cuff Bracelet | Hypoallergenic | James Bond Watch

$309.00

Shipping to United States: Free

This bold 1940s Gruen "Precision 510" vintage unisex watch is a bright example of USA's clean, stark post-war designs at the dawn of the Cold War. It's versatile and in superb condition. I love the square case, the champagne dial, and the detailed faceted front crystal. The suede leather cuff bracelet makes it look strong and confident. What really sold me on it is the simple Space Age line-art design of the small seconds dial at the bottom.

🔫 BOND...JAMES BOND 🔫

James Bond wore a Gruen Precision 510 in the 1962 film Dr. No, and subsequently in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever.

Gruen watches are like the "greatest hits" of watches. You get the very best Swiss movements AND the coolest American-designed cases. I updated this watch with a custom, new old stock brown suede leather cuff band. The band is a 20mm Speidel "anti-allergic" (hypoallergenic) model for sensitive skin. It will fit both small and large wrists, up to 8" (20.3cm) around. Use a measuring tape to measure around your wrist. (Want a different band? Contact me!)

It's a standard 1940s unisex size, which is (THANK GOD) smaller than today's ENORMOUS watches. It's 1.2" (30mm) across, including the original signed Gruen gold winding crown. The extra wide 20mm band makes it look and feel bigger and "chunkier", which is a nice effect.

And the best part? I lovingly restored this masterpiece to operate just like it did way back when it was made, around 1945. YOU'RE WELCOME!

It's the perfect addition to a CLASSY wrist near you! It adds an elegant flourish to casual outfits (especially blue jeans! yes!), and will work perfectly with business casual suits and jackets—especially grey, blue, and black.

It features a 17 jewel mechanical hand-winding movement. What are these jewels? They're special rubies inside the watch that keep the gears working forever. More rubies = more expensive = more accurate = longer life.

▪️ Gruen Precision men's/unisex watch (model 510-320A)—USA + Switzerland, circa 1945
▪️ The model worn by James Bond in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, etc.
▪️ Champagne dial with starburst gold hour markers on gold plated square case
▪️ Gold-tone pointed baton hands with sub-second dial
▪️ Swiss mechanical (hand-winding) N510R shock-resistant movement, 17 jewels
▪️ Case is 1.2" (30mm) across / 1.4" (36mm) tall including the strap mounting lugs
▪️ Unworn, new old stock Speidel hypoallergenic 20mm suede band
• SIZE: Fits wrists up to 8.0" (20.3cm) around. (Contact me for custom sizes.)
▪️ Six month warranty for the FULLY RESTORED mechanical workings

🕰 GRUEN HISTORY 🕰

The Gruen Watch Company was formerly one of the largest watch manufacturers in the United States. It was in business from about 1894 to 1958 and was based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gruen was one of the first US watch companies to offer basic movements produced in Switzerland, in a wide variety of cases and prices, but adjusted, dialled and cased in the United States. Some of their finest movements were made by Jean Aegler (who became a business partner of Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex).

The Gruen family sold their interest in the company in 1953. The firm was broken up and sold in 1958. The watch manufacturing business was moved to New York under new ownership, and manufacturing was done exclusively in Switzerland.

The operation in Switzerland closed its doors in 1977; their wonderful building topping the city was bought by their old supplier, J. Aegler, now Rolex Manufacture.

🔎 CONDITION 🔍

It's cosmetically in very good condition. It looks GREAT on the wrist! The gold plated case shows light signs of wear commensurate with 80 years of light use and handling. The dial, crystal, hands, and mechanical movement are in EXCEPTIONAL condition. The pristine new old stock suede leather band is so clean that it makes the watch look so fresh and new. Each time I handle this watch I can't believe it's as old as it is, yet looks so...new!

HOW DOES IT RUN? The mechanical operating condition of the Swiss N510R shock-resistant 17-jewel mechanical movement is LIKE NEW. I fully restored it to ensure you're getting a dependable, functional timepiece. Every single tiny piece of this watch was disassembled, cleaned, inspected, adjusted, reassembled, and calibrated to keep time as well as the day it was first made. Sounds complicated and expensive? It was. A full servicing and mechanical restoration like this generally costs at least $275. (That's over $275 that YOU don't have to pay.)

⏰ OPERATION ⏰

No battery—It's a hand-winding watch. Wind it daily to keep it running. It has a 41 hour power reserve, in case you forget for a day! If you want it to last a lifetime (or longer), keep it wound even when you're not wearing it.

It is NOT water resistant. Keep it dry!

Of course, it's not about telling time. It's about how it makes you feel. For creative individualists, a watch is a powerful tool that amplifies the expression of your individuality.

📬 SHIPPING 📬

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NOTE: USPS ••INTERNATIONAL•• shipments are delayed by a few weeks due to COVID, except the USPS Priority Express (2-5 days) service. If you need it FAST, you can upgrade to Express during checkout. Questions? Special requests? Contact me!

🛠 WARRANTY 🛠

I offer you a six month warranty on the internal mechanical movement. Contact me if anything isn't working as expected.

I appraise, repair, and buy vintage watches. Message me for more information.

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Can I upgrade to faster shipping?

Yes! Upgraded shipping is via USPS Priority Express Mail with insurance and signature required. It usually takes 1-2 days within the continental USA.

Can I get a different colored watchband?

I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.

Does my watch need a battery?

It depends on the watch.

1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.

2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.

3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.

I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?

We don't accept cancellations for a refund. Instead, we offer you store credit which you can use on any of our other items. This store credit is good for one year.

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