Gruen Pan American Pilots Watch
Gruen Veri-Thin Precision, "Pan-American," pilots watch, manual wind, 32mm x 38mm to lug tips, 17mm lug width, 14K yellow gold snap back case, engraved name on caseback, brown leather strap, original silvered 24 hour dial with applied gold indices, 17J grade 420 movement, Case serial number G591866. Case reference number 420/534, indicating manufacture year 1944. Triple signed. Gross weight of assembled watch without strap 15.1 dwt (23.6 g). . Movement sets and runs fine, running but not known when last serviced. Good plastic crystal. number inside case back of 420/534 indicates manufacture 1944. Back is engraved "Wilbur W. Molzahn." Starting about 1943, Gruen produced a series of pilot's watches with 24-hour dials for Pan American World Airways. They were initially not intended for civilian use, so this early one was no doubt intended for a pilot or other flight personnel.