GRUEN "Ristside"


Art Deco Period


Radically Curved "Driver's Watch"


Attention "Serious" Vintage, Rare & Classic Collectible Timepiece People! These Radically Curved Driver's Watches are rarely ever seen for sale. Our current search on the Internet only turned up a very few of these. The only ones we found were $1399, $1535, $1725 and $2350. None of these came with their original matching bracelets nor were in this ultra fine condition. Shop with Boomertime to get the finest in rare vintage watches and save a LOT of money at the same time! Ours comes with its original old link bracelet! The ones being offered for sale on the Internet only were shown with leather straps and STILL had prices MUCH higher than ours!!


This remarkable timepiece was one of the first of its kind in the "Ristside" series of timepieces designed to be worn on the "apex", or "side" of the wrist rather than on the middle or center of the wrist (hence the name "Ristside"). While driving with your hands on the steering wheel, when a person was attempting to check the time with Conventional wristwatches (up until this time) required the wearer to actually "turn" or rotate their wrists to tell time. This action did not need to be done with these "Ristside" models. This was a particularly nice feature for over the road truck drivers and for racing road rally drivers needing to keep one hand on the steering wheel and quite often, the other hand shifting gears.  The wearer could just glance down to check the time without needing to let go of the steering wheel to check the time on their wrist watch!!


Below is an original ad for the Gruen "Ristside" "Driver's Watch" depicting someone with their hand on a large steering wheel. Also note the 74 year old retail price of $50. That would equate to about $3500 retail in today's money!!!

This Ultra Rare timepiece is 100% All Original and 4 time Gruen Factory Signed & Hallmarked.  The case is all high polished yellow gold filled with soft satin sand marked stainless steel case back. This is an early issue Reference #352 Model made in 1938.

 The case measures 22.15mm wide (not counting the stem & crown) by 38.90mm lug to lug.


All Original Gruen Factory Signed, Patented Design, 15 Jewel, Caliber 401, Precision manual wind  movement


All original fancy dial featuring Silvered Satin   background, with high polished Bold Gold Arabic Raised Art Deco numbers. The Gruen logo, the subsidiary seconds register, inner trim and outer minute track are all trimmed in black enamel.


This Extremely Rare & Exotic timepiece comes with its original old gold filled link bracelet.


Why take a chance buying watches from online auctions, 3rd parties, brokers or "middlemen" not knowing for sure if the watch will be in proper running order when you get it?  Buy direct from a Vintage & Classic timepiece specialist and play it safe!


CIRCA: 1938


Condition: 90-94%

Excellent Overall Condition


$988. + S/H


Item # T3295-DFR






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