Aug 15, 2015

1970s Vintage Gruen Precision N510SS Manual Wind "Jazz"

Gruen Precision N510SS Manual Wind "Jazz"
Circa 1970s

Now this guy oozes class - the kind of timeless design that one can only grow to love more and more. 

Domed acrylic crystal, almost new shiny applied hour batons and arabic numerals, sharp alpha hands, and long sharp horns for lugs. Wow.

I'm not very well-read in the history of the Gruen Watch Company, but a little search on the internet will reap you a bit of information. 

What do I know and care about is that Jazz is just simply amazing. The dial is domed, slightly raised and delivered in a silver hue, complementing the polished hour batons and numerals at multiples of two perfectly. Short minute markers line the outside of the dial, increasing legibility and modern design to the watch.

The lume on the hands have long disintegrated to a powdery flake, some coming off of the minute hand. Though battered, I think the gentlemanly shape of the hands are what gives the watch the I-can't-look-away appeal. 

The lugs on the watch are a atypically longer, adding to the overall size of the watch and making it wear larger than it is. This is a good thing for this day and age though, so I'm not complaining. The lugs lead down to the polished case, a little roughed up from the years. 

But all in, Jazz is still a great watch, and with the addition of the micro-rotor automatic winding system, it combines a positive aesthetic appeal with a feature you'll be hard-pressed to find outside of haute horlogerie range.

1970s Vintage Gruen Precision N510SS Manual Wind "Jazz"
Hours, minute and sweeping seconds hands
Domed silver dial with polished indexes
33mm stainless steel case
40mm lug-to-lug
18mm lug width
Gruen in-house N510SS manual wind @ 21,600vph
Acrylic Crystal
Aftermarket leather strap


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