Longines Cal.9L 14ct Pink Gold Curvex 1944

£2,250

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well cared For and Lightly Used Example

A Simply Stunning Salmon Dial with Subsidiary Seconds Dial

Beautiful, 19mm x 37mm, 14ct Solid Gold Longines Swiss Case

Classic, High Grade 15 Jewels Calibre 9L Movement in Superb Condition

A Classic 1930s ‘Art Deco’ Dial Watch in Superb & Simply Beautiful Condition

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

New, Good Quality Green Leather Strap with Pink Gold Plated Buckle

Matching Vintage Longines 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: L916
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Description

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 it has been treated as something of a Cinderella among the watch collecting fraternity until relatively 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 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.

Description

Here we have a superb, fully restored example of a gentleman’s Longines Curvex 14ct Pink Gold dress watch from 1944. This was a time when Longines was considered one of the top Swiss watch manufacturers and commanded huge prestige, along with very high prices.

The immaculate watch we see here has a good-sized case at 20 mm across excluding the correct Longines crown. This may seem a little small until one considers the corner to corner size of 45mm and length of 37mm including the hooded lugs.

This watch has a gently curved profile to help follow the profile of the wrist. This is known as a ‘Curvex’ type case. Also the most flamboyant and attractive hooded lugs follow the curved motif and wrap even further round the wrist.

This watch is fitted with its original Longines Calibre 9L movement which is very well regarded for its dependability and here is in superb condition.

The watch movement has been fully overhauled and serviced and the watch further benefits from a beautifully restored dial, fully inspected cleaned and lightly polished case, new high-quality strap and a vintage Longines presentation case.

The Dial

As can be seen, the salmon dial is simply beautiful. ‘Art deco’ numerals on a salmon dial with a classic 1930s subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. The very attractive dial is complemented with delightful, original Leafe style hands which look just wonderful!

Please note an interesting feature of this watch is its early curved lens with three flat areas, one above the 10 – 2 line, one below the 8 – 4 line and one in the middle. This is not so easy to see in most of the photographs except for the side on profile shots. In some photographs, the lens design seems to cast horizontal shadows across the dial, however, face to face under natural light this does not happen.

The original dial has been restored to the very highest standards and now looks almost new.

The Case

This is a high style pink gold case with a slightly curved profile and a curved lens, which, as mentioned above, is known as a ‘Curvex’ case. It also has stunning hooded lugs which were popular during this period. The case is made in solid 14ct yellow gold and has been exceedingly well cared for and is free from scratches, dings or engraving. At 20mm width, excluding the crown and 37mm in length, this is a large-sized watch case for the period. Inside the case-back all is as should be found and signed ‘LONGINES’ with 14ct hallmarks and 14K along with the case serial number 199725. The case has been cleaned and lightly polished and is in superb condition showing only the very slightest signs of wear.

Please note, the mark on the side of the case more or less aligned to the 8 on the dial is a hallmark and not a ding or dimple.

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

The Movement

As can be seen, the movement is in very clean condition considering its age. This is the original Cal.9L 15 Jewels movement. This movement was state of the art in the 1930s. It is signed ‘Longines’, Cal.9L, and numbered 6284319, dating the watch to 1944.

This watch has been well maintained and we have just given it a full inspection and service and so we are happy to offer the watch with a 12 months warranty.* With care and with regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run quite happily for many more years to come.

Our watchmaker commented that he found the movement to be very clean and confirmed it has been properly maintained and there are no non-original parts. Following the service, he has calibrated the movement as usual and during our final checks including testing the watch for accuracy on our electronic test instrument we found the watch to be keeping time within 14 seconds per day.

We will be very happy to take care of future servicing for you.

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

The Strap & Buckle

A high quality, dark brown padded camel grain leather strap is fitted with a gold plated buckle. If you have a preference for another colour or a different style of leather we will be pleased to change it for you.

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 1944. 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 vintage Longines presentation box, as shown.

In Conclusion

This is a really beautiful 1940s Art-Deco 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 which 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. 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.