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Why We Love It
Longines has been undervalued for quite sometime - pure and simple.
... or at least that used to be the case. Once you fall down the rabbit hole, you will start to realize how undervalued their vintage offerings are. When compared to its contemporaries like Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin - the value is plain to see.
The Art Deco rectangular case is constructed from 14k Pink and Yellow gold, with a complimenting gold toned handset. Applied Arabic numerals punctuated with applied button indices contrast nicely on the salmon color dial, paired with an airy and elegant mesh bracelet. Two toned hinged lugs and faceted crystal are highly evocative of 1940's design language.
We are huge proponents of Vintage Longines for a myriad of reasons - and this example with its quirky details and off-the-beaten-path charm is not exception.
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 and Pink gold case is approximately 20mm x 31mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 9L manually-winding movement. Circa 1940s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing minimal wear from age. Professionally restored non-luminous salmon dial is in excellent condition with applied Arabic numerals, applied button indices and gold-toned handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes gold-toned fine mesh bracelet.
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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