Dating benrus watches

The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.

The watches were intended to be moderately priced for the common man.

Originally they were manufactured in Switzerland, although the company was based in Manhattan.

The Elgin and Hamilton were dated by serial number, while the Gruen was dated by an inscription on the back. In the 1930's there was a style change from highly engraved cases to smoother cleaner lines.

The "New Haven" was dated by looking at the style of the watch. Notice that the watches from the early 1930's still have engraved cases.

Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.

This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.The Bulova and Hamilton stepped cases shown here on the left are a perfect example of this.Men were preferring tank watches, however only round movements were available, therefore the case was stepped to accomodate the movement and make the watch APPEAR to be square. Even though watches were fairly small back then, the designs were bold and more masculine than before. A few words that sum up the 1950's are Futuristic, Automation, and expressive.I am slowly adding serial number tables to this site. With the exception of BULOVA, the numbers on the inside and outside of the CASE ITSELF are ONLY for identification purposes - they mean nothing.

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