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Why We Love It
Longines has been undervalued for quite sometime - pure and simple. But over the last couple of years, collectors who were really paying attention have taken note.
This particular piece is not your typical steel Longines from the 60s. What we present to you today is a very special dress watch produced from Solid 14k Yellow Gold. Its rectangular shaped case features a patinated silver tone dial with applied Arabic numerals and button markers. Art deco inspired lugs on display give the watch unique charm.
Enchanting as its design and faceted crystal is, the story is even better. As evidenced by the caseback engraving, this watch was a Christmas present from wife to husband in 1945 "Bob With Love Hazel 12-25-45".
Call us romantics, but thats about as good as it gets!
Founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, Longines was at the sharp end of the watchmaking spear. Constantly innovating, they were a company to be compared with the other major Swiss manufactures. By 1919, Longines was the official supplier of timepieces for the International Aeronautical Federation, working to develop highly accurate navigation chronometers for many of the era's great aviation pioneers.
Most famous among Longines' forays into navigation pieces is probably the Lindberg Hour Angle watch, a wristwatch designed by Charles Lindberg in conjunction with the brand to allow aviators to calculate, with the help of a sextant and their latitude, their exact geographic location.
From the 1930s to the 1950s, Longines also put out a series of simply stunning time-only watches. Often referred to as calatravas after the iconic model by Patek Philippe, most of these watches had thin stainless steel cases at 34mm, a standard size for the time. Like the Patek Philippe Calatrava, these watches by Longines were known for their perfect proportions and the elegant simplicity of their designs.
14k Yellow Gold case is approximately 19mm x 42mm (excluding the crown). Longines calibre 9L 17J manually-winding movement. Circa 1940s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous silver tone dial is in great condition with applied Arabic numerals and light patination., button indices and gold handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows engraving.
Includes 15mm genuine black Lizard strap.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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