Gruen Precision Alarm ref. 910SS (NOS Condition)


***As featured on HODINKEE's Bring A Loupe***

Brand: Gruen

Model: Precision Alarm ref. 910SS (RARE); Swiss Made circa 1950s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with snap-back and unique lugs is approximately 35mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown

Strap: Vintage period-correct JB Champion 11/16" (~18mm) hand-finished Scandia calfskin strap with matching stitching and JB Champion stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Langendorf cal. 1244 manual-winding movement (17 jewels) with functioning mechanical alarm and alarm indicator aperture at 12 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original white dial with art-deco numerals and luminous "torch" indices; original luminous hands; original black arrow alarm indicator hand and center sweeping-seconds hand; unique and early Swiss mechanical alarm movement with two separate barrels for the watch and alarm (controlled entirely by a single crown); alarm indicator aperture at 12 o'clock displays red when alarm is engaged and white when alarm is disengaged; 35mm solid stainless steel case with cool lugs and original domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Nearly NOS (new old stock) original condition overall with only light signs of shelf wear from handling and storage; solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and completely unpolished with all of the original finishes in tact; beautiful caseback remains clearly legible; incredible original white dial with crisp printing throughout and all luminous material in tact; lume has aged to an attractive yellow hue; original hands with all luminous material in tact and matching; a few very minor superficial scratches on the original domed acrylic crystal

Other: Our founder (Justin Vrakas) is an avid collector of vintage mechanical alarm watches, so we are extremely proud to offer this rare and fine Gruen Alarm in exceptional original condition. We located this particular example in Switzerland, which makes sense given that it is a Swiss model (see "SWITZERLAND" text at the bottom of the dial). This Gruen 910SS was manufactured in the 1950s and fitted with a beautiful Langendorf 1244 movement, which is controlled entirely by a single crown and features an open aperture at 12 o'clock to indicate whether the alarm is on or off. The movement contains two separate barrels for the watch and alarm. The alarm barrel is wound by turning the crown clockwise (toward 12:00) and the mainspring barrel is wound by turning the crown counter-clockwise (toward 6:00). It has two separate setting positions for the alarm hand and time. This watch is as unique as it is cool and represents an advance in mechanical alarm technology! Also, the 35mm stainless steel case with fat lugs wears incredibly well on the wrist. For those of us that are tired of seeing the same watches over and over again, we guarantee that you won't run into anyone else wearing this watch...

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