Longines is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers with an unparalleled history of invention, innovation, patents and awards. The company is also responsible for some of the most beautiful watches ever made, but something of a Cinderella among the watch collecting fraternity until recently. Longines is now rightfully returning towards the elevated status it once held in the pre and post-war years when it ranked among the very best among of the Swiss watch manufacturers. It is really only within the past three years that Longines vintage watches have risen again to the admiration and popularity they deserve, with values rising by around 15 – 20% per year, and on certain models, such as the now legendary Longines Calibre.13ZN chronograph, prices have sky-rocketed.
Here we have a wonderful oversize example of typical Longines style and elegance from 1950 when technically Longines was approaching its peak, competing head to head with all of the top-tier Swiss watch manufacturers. A wonderful vintage Longines gentleman’s dress watch with subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Notable highlights on this watch are its beautiful dial with original pink gilt ‘Leaf’ hands and matching pink gilt indices, which contrasts very nicely with the steel case and it landmark first automatic movement, which is in sparkling condition.
The dial is in the classic Longines style, in that it is simple, clean, classy and understated. Applied 1 – 12 Arabic numerals in pink gilt, over an antique white dial. The dial is very simple and very much of its time with its use of a subsidiary seconds dial and original ‘Leaf ‘style hands. Longines always seems to score more highly with dials in our eyes, by being that bit closer to perfection and it does this so often and so effortlessly. Even its brand looks more ‘in place’, which incidentally is the oldest registered of any watch manufacturer. The company certainly made a fine art of this during the ’50s and ’60s. Perhaps through better application, employing more highly talented designers, or simply the evolution of a style which became part of the company’s DNA. Longines dials are always in a class of their own. During the first half of the last century, Longines won a great many new and loyal customers through this sense of style, which only later, came to appreciate the fine quality of its movements.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.
The original Longines Calibre 22A, 17 Jewel automatic movement here was a milestone for Longines, in being its first automatic movement.
As can be seen, the movement is in tip-top condition having completed an overhaul and service by our watchmaker. This means it has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected under high magnification then rebuilt using only original Longines parts where required. After testing and final calibration, this watch was running to within +20 seconds per day, which is outstanding for a vintage watch of this age. The movement also has a power reserve of 36 hrs.
The movement is correctly signed ‘LONGINES’, with the Calibre number 222A and the movement serial number 7940594 which dates the watch to 1950.
These movements are robust, reliable and accurate making this watch perfectly suited for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing, every 3 years we would fully expect this watch to provide faithful service for many more decades to come! We are therefore more than pleased and confident to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement*
*Please note, the 12 month warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The Watch Case
Vintage Longines watches with 37mm steel cases are extremely rare and this three-piece, press-fit watch case is in tip-top condition. The watch case is very robustly constructed, the lugs are straight and swept back and the bezel and case-back are in superb original condition. In fact, from any viewpoint, there are no significant scratches dings or other marks on this case. We have not polished the case as it is in excellent original condition and we felt this might have spoiled its originality.
The case measures 37mm in diameter, excluding the correct Longines unsigned crown. Longines watches in 1950 did not have signed crowns. The watch measures 42mm lug to lug and is quite thin at 8.5mm in depth including the lens. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved. Inside the case-back, the case is correctly signed: Longines, with the Longines model reference number 6157. The case-back presses back with a nice and reassuring ‘pop’ meaning it is a very tight fit.
As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a good quality brown calf leather Longines with a plain Steel buckle. Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock and in plain padded leather, or crocodile skin or lizard skin.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the numbers and markings on the watch are all correct, dating the watch to 1950. A detailed written receipt with a 12 month warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The hardwood presentation case shown in the photographs is included with this watch.
Here we have a beautiful classic vintage wristwatch from one of the most collectable and highly regarded vintage watch brands and this watch will make an excellent financial investment as well as be something to treasure and enjoy! It is completely practical for use as an everyday watch and as long as it is well looked after and serviced every 2-3 years, it will last another lifetime. It carries a great deal more style, individuality and panache than a new watch and to buy the same quality today would cost at least three or four times the price here.
However, you may wish to view this, as each year goes by and the world market for fine vintage gold watches grows even larger, the limited supply and high demand means prices will inevitably climb even higher!
A word on our prices… We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be good value and very fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept payment via Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by bank transfer, we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you.
If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250 or if calling from overseas on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250.
Please note we welcome part exchanges.
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