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Scarce Gruen Pan American Captain men’s Retro Modern design wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1945.
The Gruen “Pan American” was originally produced around 1943 exclusively for Pan American Airways pilots during World War II. The “Pan American” watches were produced for public sale beginning in late 1945, with numerous variations produced. Solid gold examples of the “Pan American” are scarce and this is one of the few I have offered. It was priced to consumers at $119.50 in 1945. It is in excellent condition showing only very light wear. Caseback is excellent, with a presentation engraving from Christmas of 1945. The case measures 38mm long and 32mm wide. Refinished 24-hour dial is superb, has gold embossed numerals. Has new acrylic crystal. This watch is powered by its correct 17-jewel Gruen grade 420SS manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.