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Hello, folks.

As I mentioned in another recent thread, I asked my grandmother if he had ever had any watches. After the Second World War, he had spent some time working as a jeweler and I figured there might be a watch or two in his collection. After some digging, my grandma found some cool, old watches including a Gruen Veri-Thin, which was her very first Christmas present to him--engraved "12/25/'45." The watch doesn't seem to be working now, but I plan on having it fixed up after I learn a little more about it and find a watch maker I trust. At any rate, I figured I'd share the pics.

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Very nice. Dial and case both look to be in good shape. Gruen watches of that period are very high quality. Parts are still pretty available. Looking forward to seeing what it looks like cleaned up.
 

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That is, indeed, very nice. Fingers crossed for a straightforward repair!:-!
 

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Can you pop open the back and take a picture of the movement and what is written on the INSIDE of the back? I believe I can get more information for you.
 

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Is there a reference for removing this particular case back?

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Can you pop open the back and take a picture of the movement and what is written on the INSIDE of the back? I believe I can get more information for you.
For what it' worth, it seemed as though you'd have to remove the dial to get at the movement. I didn't see any seams between the case back and the rest of the watch. Any more clues from that fact or further instructions?
 

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It has a tab on the caseback. Pry it up with a dull knife.
 

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I managed to get the case back open, but I don't see another tab inside.

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I managed to get the case back open, but I don't see another tab inside.

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For what it' worth, it seemed as though you'd have to remove the dial to get at the movement. I didn't see any seams between the case back and the rest of the watch. Any more clues from that fact or further instructions?
The dial and movement will lift out of the caseback. They can be a bit tight and you need to be careful not to bend the dial by prying too hard under it. You can normally get a start by lifting the crown while holding the caseback down. A bit of wiggling, a bit of gentle prying evenly all the way round with a dull case knife under the dial and it should come out. Slow and gently is the best way.
 
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