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Date/Report Number …..060113.FN21HY.04 Item:  WWI 1918 *RADIUM GRUEN 10K YELLOW GOLD FILLED SWEEPS SECONDS RED CROSS WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE WWI 1918 *RADIUM GRUEN 10K YELLOW GOLD FILLED SWEEPS SECONWITH SIGNED SWISS WATCH SPECIALTIES 15 JEWEL 2 ADJUSTMENT HACKED SWEEP SECONDS MANUAL WIND MOVEMENTDS MILITARY NURSES RED CROSS POCKET/PENDANT OR WRIST WATCH. AND VINTAGE NOS NEW OLD STOCK 10K GOLD FILLED EXPANDING LINKS BRACELET

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $995.00


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VINTAGE
WWI
1918
*RADIUM
GRUEN

10K YELLOW
GOLD FILLED
SWEEPS SECONDS
MILITARY NURSES
RED CROSS
POCKET/PENDANT
OR
WRIST WATCH

*RADIUM PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED AND REPLACED
WITH SUPER LUMINOVA NON TOXIC ILLUMINATION

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

26 x 35

WITH

SIGNED
SWISS
WATCH
SPECIALTIES
15 JEWEL
2 ADJUSTMENT
HACKED SWEEP SECONDS
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

WITH

VINTAGE
NOS
NEW OLD STOCK
10K GOLD FILLED
EXPANDING LINKS BRACELET

NOTE

CAN BE WORN WITH CHAIN
OR LEATHER/COTTON CORD
AS A PENDANT WATCH

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THE ABOVE WWI EDITION 5 OF THE RED CROSS MAGAZINE REPRESENTS THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE WOMAN AND NURSES IN GENERAL PLAYED IN A WAR THAT GROSSLY INJURED SO MANY. MANY SOLDIERS. NEVER BEFORE HAD WAR PRODUCED THE MAGNITUDE OF HORRIBLE INJURIES AND TO SO MANY IN SUCH A SMALL TIME.

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THE MAY 1918 EDITION OF THE RED CROSS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED THE ARTICLE ABOVE. THIS TIME PIECE SERVED IN WWI AND WWII. IT STOOD THE TIME AND THE EVENTS OF TIME. IT, WITHOUT A DOUBT, WITH ITS SWEEP SECONDS HAND, PROVED VALUABLE TO THE WOMAN WHO UTILIZED AND CHERISHED AND PROTECTED IT STEADY RHYTHM.... OF LIFE.

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THIS BEAUTY WAS KEPT IN A SAFE DEPOSIT BOX FOR 30 YEARS

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THIS
ALL ORIGINAL
WWI AND WWII
1918
GRUEN

RADIUM DIAL
POCKET/PENDANT
WRIST WATCH

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THI9S GRUEN WAS IN SIMPLY THE BEST CONDITION I HAVE EVER SEEN IN SUCH AN ANTIQUE TIME PIECE.

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY RARE & EXTREMELY   EXPENSIVE IN IT'S TIME.

HARDLY .02% OF ALL WATCHES IN THE WORLDS EVEN HAD A SWEEP SECOND HAND.

YET THIS BEAUTY NOT ONLY HAS A SWEEP SECONDS CAPABILITY BUT...


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HAS
OUTLINED AND ILLUMINATED
NUMBERS,
WITH
ILLUMINATED HANDS
AND

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THE ENTIRE PIECE IS BEAUTIFUL
THE GOLD FILLED
CASE
CASE BACK
&
BEZEL

ARE AWESOME

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THERE IS THE
ABILITY TO WEAR
ON NECK
IN POCKET
OR ON
THE WRIST

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THE VINTAGE
"NOS "
NEW OLD STOCK
BRACELET
IS 10 KARAT GOLD FILLED
AND
NEW


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THE BRACELET SHOULD FIT UP TO 7.5

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OR YOU CAN REMOVE IT
AND WEAR THE WATCH AS A PENDANT
OR
POCKET WATCH

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NOTE THE CONDITION
NOT A SPEC OF WEAR.....

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.....ANY WEAR!!!!!!

PUN INTENDED

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THERE YOU CAN SEE THE BOW
SIMPLY ADD A CHAIN
OR
LEATHER CORD
OR
CLOTH CORD

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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AWESOME CASE
NO WEAR
GOLD FILLED MEANS
GOLD FILLED NOT PLATED

 

 

THE MAIN CASE CASE BACK AND BEZEL
ARE
10 KARAT
GOLD FILLED

GOLD FILLED
AND
ROLLED GOLD PLATE

MEANS A PLATE OF 10K/14K/18KT GOLD
IS PLACED ON TOP OF BASE METAL
IT IS THEN HEATED TO BOND
THEN PLACED IN ROLLING MILL

IT IS COMPRESSED INTO SHEETS
WHICH ARE THEN STAMPED OUT

VERY DURABLE
LASTS 20 TO 80 YEARS

 

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THE ILLUMINATION WAS RESTORED
THE RED CROSS IS ORIGINAL
PERIOD
ROCK BRIGHTENED THE RED
BUT IT IS AS IT WAS

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THE CRYSTAL IS ORIGINAL

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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NOTE THE PERIOD FASTENERS
FOR
CONVERSION FROM
PENDANT/POCKET
WATCH
TO
WRIST WATCH

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PORCELAIN DIAL IS NEAR MINT
THERE IS ONLY A CHIP ON THE EDGES
THAT FITS UNDER THE BEZEL

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THE CASE BACK HAS
25 YEARS
AND THE
GRUEN
"G"

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NOTE THE SPECIALTIES
LOGO IN BLACK
THE
"WATCH SPECIALTIES"
SIGNATURE
IS THE GRUEN DEPARTMENT THAT CREATED
SPECIAL WATCHES
WITH
SPECIAL FEATURES

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THE WATCH IS
SIGNED
WATCH SPECIALTIES CO
15 JEWELS
3 ADJUSTMENTS

ALSO NOTE THE BRASS WHEEL?
THAT WAS FOR THE RARE SWEEPS HAND
I HAVE WRITTEN FURTHER DOWN ON HOW IT WORKS


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NOTE THE
EXTREMELY RARE
3 ADJ
[ ADJUSTMENTS ]

UNDER THE
15 JEWELS

MOST WATCHES HAVE
UNADJUSTED
OR
NO ADJUSTMENT

3 ADJUSTMENTS
MEANS
IT CAN BE ADJUSTED
IN THREE
POSITIONS

FACE UP
FACE FORWARD
SIDE WAYS

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WWI/WWII
HACKED CENTER SWEEP


Prior to WWII, most watches had a sub-second register above the #6 position. This design failed to allow precision seconds timing. The sub-second style dial, with a tiny second hand rotating around a tiny seconds register at the 6 position, was difficult to utilize for timing events. In most cases it was ignored. On the other hand, a sweep second hand could be used to time events, mark events, and was easier to read .

By 1942, the sweep second hand watch had became "the" watch. Two of the major reasons were the Government issued U.S.A. A-11 hacking sweep seconds pilots watch and the sweep seconds watches in demand by Doctors, Medics and Nurses and other professionals.. The sweep second watch simply made the watch more than an instrument to "tell time"....

THE DESIGN

So, what did Pierce and others do?

Did they re-tool and re-design new movements? NO!

They simply placed a hollow canon pinion that allowed a wheeled center shaft to protrude through the dial, mounted a second hand to it, and ran the combo with the very sub-seconds wheel they were eliminating...

 

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NOTE THE WATCH OFFERED HERE TODAY DOES NOT HAVE THE SHOCK SYSTEM
WHICH WAS DESIGNED IN 1933.S

Instead of the drive train turning the dial protruding shaft/pinion at 6 position connected to the tiny second hand, they mounted a large brass/alloy wheel on the opposite side of the shaft that now protruded through the bridge. That wheel turned a wheel on top of a NEW center "shaft' held in position be a new this jeweled bridge that went through a new HOLLOW center cannon pinion in the center of the movement that then protruded through the center of the dial where a new long sweep second hand attached;  the idea being that one had a large second hand that went round in tune with the movement and the chapter ring so one could count, time & now even synchronize.

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CONDITION
-EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION-
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME