A distinguished and highly distinctive open face pocket watch crafted in platinum and accented with black enamel in a striking and sophisticated pentagonal Art Deco design by Dietrich Gruen, the founder of the renowned Gruen Watch Co. A rare and wonderful collectible. Silvered dial, gold hands and Arabic chapter markers, sub second dial, 19 Jewels movement. The case dimensions are 55 millimeters tall by 46 mm. wide (2 3/16 inch by 1 13/16 inches). In 1894, after an economic depression had forced them out of the Columbus Watch Company, Dietrich and Fred formed a new partnership. Fred’s younger brother, George, joined as business manager and treasurer, and the company was moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where it became the Gruen Watch Company.
Initially, Dietrich and Fred designed the watch movements in America and manufactured them in Germany. Later, they would build their own movement factory in Switzerland. Most Gruen watches have Gruen-made Swiss movements and were assembled and adjusted in the U.S. in American-made cases.
Pocket watches in the late 1800s were large and heavy. Throughout his career, Dietrich tried to make his watches smaller, thinner and more comfortable to carry in a vest pocket, without sacrificing reliability or accuracy. The 1904 Gruen VeriThin pocket watch was a major breakthrough; although it had the same major parts as a traditional movement, Dietrich managed to rearrange components to achieve a much thinner watch. From this point on, Gruen specialized in thin, elegant pocket watches.