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Gruen Watch Co.

Summary
The Gruen Watch Company was formerly one of the largest watch manufacturers in the United States. It was in business from about 1894 to 1958 and was based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was founded in 1894 by German-born watchmaker Dietrich Grün, who changed the spelling of his name to "Gruen" because the letter ü does not exist in English. Dietrich Gruen Dietrich Gruen, was born in Germany in 1847. At 15 years of age, he was sent away from home to become a watchmaker's apprentice. Later he worked for three years in Switzerland before going to the United States. In 1874, he took out a patent for a safety pinion for pocket watches, which prevented damage to the watch movement if the watch's mainspring broke. Columbus Watch Manufacturing Company In partnership with W.J. Savage, the son of a prominent Columbus, Ohio, watchmaker and businessman, Dietrich Gruen started the Columbus Watch Manufacturing Company in 1876. Initially, the company imported and finished watch
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