Longine Cal.10L 14ct 1947

£2,450

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example

A Simply Stunning White Dial with Subsidiary Seconds Dial

Classic, High Grade Calibre 10L Movement in Superb Condition

Beautiful, 26mm x 26mm, 14ct Solid Yellow Gold Longines Swiss Case

A Classic 1940s Dial with ‘1 – 12’ Arabic Numerals in Simply Beautiful Condition

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning, Beautifully Restored Condition

New, Good Quality Tan Alligator Strap with Longines Gold-Plated Buckle

High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: L1264
Price £2,450

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Longines

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. 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 of by around 15 – 20% per year and on certain models, such as the now legendary Longines Calibre.13ZN chronograph, prices have sky-rocketed.

Description

Here we have a wonderful example of typical Longines elegance and style in the form of a beautiful 14ct gentleman’s dress watch from 1947. Notable highlights of this watch are its beautiful dial with restored ‘leaf’ hands, the subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock, the wonderful case and its high grade Calibre 10L movement which is in stunning condition.

The Dial

The dial is in the classic Longines style, in that it is simple, clean, classy and understated. It is typically 1940s in its use of a subsidiary seconds dial and wonderful ‘leaf’ style hands, matched with Breguet standard Arabic numerals in yellow gold, over a white dial. Longines always seems to aim for and achieve dials that are that bit closer to perfection and does this so often and so effortlessly. Even the Longines signature looks more ‘in place’, which incidentally is the oldest registered of any watch manufacturer. Perhaps the evolution of a certain style became part of the company’s DNA, but Longines dials seem in a class of their own. This sense of style has certainly won Longines a great many loyal customers, who only later came to appreciate the accuracy and reliability of its movements.

This is the original dial which has been restored by the best dial restorers in the UK.

The Movement

The watch carries its original Longines Cal.10L, hand-wound movement with subsidiary seconds dial and bags of old world charm! Technically this is one of the classic, manually wound movements of its day, with 17 jewels, a large balance wheel running rate of 18,000 half beats per hour and a power reserve of 41 hours. It has every contemporary refinement.

The movement is signed ‘Longines Watch Co Swiss’ and ‘Seventeen 17 Jewels’ with the serial number 7490995 on the movement. The calibre number 10L, can also be clearly seen. All this detail has been painstakingly filled in with 14 carat yellow gold in order to increase its legibility against its steel background. These points, though minor in themselves, aggregate into something that is a cut above the production of almost all the competing Swiss brands at the time.

These movements are very highly regarded for their accuracy and reliability, making this watch perfectly suited for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing, every 3 to 4 years we would fully expect this watch to provide faithful service for many more decades to come! We are therefore pleased and confident to offer a 12 month warranty on this watch movement* and all servicing in the future.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only included if the list price is paid.

The Case

This is a high style case with a straight case and slightly curved lens which gives the watch the perfect profile on your wrist. It also has stunning rococo style lugs which give this watch extra flare and uniqueness. The case is made in solid 14ct yellow gold and has been exceedingly well cared for, being free from any scratches, dings or engraving.

At 26mm in width, excluding the unsigned crown, 26mm in length, 43mm including the lugs and 36mm diagonally, this is a large-sized watch case for the period. This may seem like a small case size, but it is actually considerably large due to the diagonal measure. Inside the case-back all is as should be and signed ‘LONGINES WITTNAUER WATCH CO. INC’ with 14ct hallmarks and 14K Gold. The serial number 26099 is also shown and this is also engraved on the movement. The case has been cleaned and lightly polished and is in superb condition showing only the very slightest signs of wear.

As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A high quality, tan alligator strap is fitted with a signed Longines gold-plated buckle. However, 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 in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1947.

A detailed written receipt with 12 months’ 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 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 watch comes complete with a high-quality hardwood presentation box, as shown.

In Conclusion

This is a really beautiful 1940s vintage gold watch from Longines, one of the most highly honoured and awarded Swiss watch manufacturers. It is to the credit of the company that this watch is still perfectly useable and reliable, just as it was when it left the factory 80 years ago!

This rare (particularly in this condition), beautiful and highly collectable vintage gold watch will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

If you have any questions please call us on 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095. We await your call and we will be happy to help with any questions you may have about this watch or any of our collection.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. We will also be happy to service your vintage watch or assist with repairs or restoration as necessary.

Please also take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.