Gruen Techni-Quadron Doctor's Watch

Gruen Techni-Quadron Doctor's Watch

Why We Love It

The 1930s were the golden years of American watchmaking, and Gruen was a bright star in the horological firmament. Ties to Swiss brands like Rolex and Aegler resulted in the creation of some of the finest watches ever made in the United States. This watch, a Techni-Quadron, is one of the most elegant—and, at the time it was minted, accurate.

This particular Techni-Quadron is, without question, an Art Deco masterpiece. The white gold-filled rectangular case (“reinforced with extra gold”) has ornate engravings along the side. Stately and subdued with a handsomely-aged silver dial, the Techni-Quadron has all the makings of a distinctive dress watch.

The Story

The Techni-Quadron shares a movement—the Calibre 877—with the Rolex Prince. In fact, due to this agreement between movement manufacturer Aegler, Rolex, and Gruen, the Techni-Quadron is, more or less, the Prince by another name. Rolex sold this watch as the Prince in Europe and throughout the British Empire, marketing it to “men of distinction,” while Gruen sold it in the U.S. to the “man who requires the exact time in seconds”—mainly physicians, which led to the Techni-Quadron gaining a reputation as a “doctor’s watch.”

Gruen sold its shares in Aegler in 1934, which effectively ended the production of the Techni-Quadron. With Gruen out of the way, Rolex was allowed to sell the Prince in the United States, which it did from the 1940s to the 1950s, when the model was discontinued. However, the Techni-Quadron is rarer than the Prince, and paradoxically more affordable, due to the lack of “Rolex” on the dial.


SKU: AS02249

14k white gold-filled case is approximately 22mm x 41mm. Calibre 877 Manually-Wound Movement. Circa 1930s.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with some signs of use and wear in keeping with age. Dial is in very good condition with signs of age, including heavy patina throughout. Unsigned steel crown. Case back has some signs of use and wear.

Includes one 17mm brown embossed leather strap.

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