Longines 18K Pink Gold Cal.30L 1966

£1,950

100% Genuine & All Original.

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

Rare 18ct Pink Gold Case in Top Class Condition

Beautiful Slightly Off-White Dial With Pink Gold Indices

High-Grade Cal.30L, 17 Jewel Movement in Sparkling Condition!

A Very Lightly Used and Well Loved Immaculate Example

Size Large 34mm Diameter not including the Longines Crown

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

Hirsch ‘Croc Grain’ Leather Strap & Longines GP Buckle

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Longines Presentation Box Included.

Free UK Next Day Delivery!

Overseas FedEx £45

VGW Reference: L464
Sold 14th June '17
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Description

Longines is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers with an unparalleled history of invention, innovation, patents and awards. They are 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 they once held in the pre and post-war years when they competed head to head with the very best among 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 on by around 15 – 20% per year. On certain models however, such as the now legendary Longines Calibre.13ZN chronograph, prices have sky-rocketed.

Here we have a perfect example of style and elegance from 1966 when Longines technically, were probably at their peak and competing on level terms with all of the top tier Swiss watch manufacturers. An immaculate 1966 vintage Longines 18ct rare Pink Gold gentleman’s dress watch with subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Outstanding features of this watch include its beautiful dial with matching pink gold indices, the stunning condition of its pink gold case and its legendary Calibre 30L movement which is in sparking condition.

The Dial

The dial is classic Longines in that it is simple, clean classy and understated. It is in the classic 1960s style with the use of simple applied baton hour indices in pink gold, topped by the number 12 over a slightly off-white dial. The dial carries over hints of the 1950’s in its use of a subsidiary seconds dial and thin Dauphine style hands. Longines always seem to achieve more highly, dials which are that bit closer to classic perfection, than pretty much any other watch manufacturer, yet they seem to do this so effortlessly and so often. Even the name and the brand look more ‘in place’ than any other.  They certainly had this off to a fine art in the 1960s, whether it was through trying that bit harder, employing the best dial designers or perhaps simply through having done this longer than most. Longines has won many loyal customers attracted by their sense of style, who later came to appreciate the accuracy and reliability of their movements and the quality of the construction of their watch cases. This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.

The Movement

The Longines Calibre 30L 17 Jewel hand-wound movement fitted to this watch was a big success for Longines, being produced for over 12 years between 1955 and 1967. This is much admired in watchmaking circles, being a large movement with a very large, screw weighted balance wheel which allows for finer adjustment of the timing. Everything else being equal, the larger the balance wheel the more accurate the watch.

If ever one needed to show a great example of a top quality classic hand wound watch movement, this one could easily be chosen. The quality of finishing and build is exceptional and better finished than anything offered by Rolex of the same period. Note for example, every jewel is held in its own threaded brass sleeve, which is then in turn screwed into the plates. This is a much more sophisticated method than those which simply fitted their jewels into drilled holes in the bridges, such as was the practice of Rolex and Omega of the same period.

As can be seen, the movement is in tip top condition. It has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using only original parts where required. When tested and calibrated, this watch was running to within +8 seconds per day, which is outstanding for a vintage watch of this age. The movement is correctly signed ‘LONGINES’, ‘SWISS’ and ‘17 JEWELS’, with the Calibre number 30L and the movement serial number 13229036 which dates the watch to 1966.

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 2 to 3 years we would fully expect this watch to run very happily 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.

The Watch Case 

18ct Pink Gold Longines watches are much rarer than yellow gold and this original three piece, press-fit watch case is in tip top condition. The watch case is beautifully constructed, the lugs are straight and swept back and the case-back is rounded and blemish free. In fact, from any viewpoint, there are no scratches dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.

The case measures 34mm in diameter, not including the Longines signed crown. The watch measures 38mm lug to lug and is quite thin at 10mm in depth.

Inside the case-back, the case is correctly marked with the Longines winged hourglass logo which is actually the oldest registered trademark for a watchmaker. The case-back also carries Swiss 18ct hallmarks and again demonstrating great attention to detail, the serial number of the case, 13229036, matches the serial number of the movement. This is something else not often found on other manufacturers watches.

The Strap and Buckle

The strap fitted is a high quality Dark Brown Hirsch ‘croc grain’ leather strap with a Longines gold plated 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. Please do let us know if you have unusually large or small wrists, to enable us to match the strap accordingly.

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 1966. 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. This watch comes with its vintage presentation box as shown, included in the sale.

In Conclusion

Here we have a most attractive and highly individual vintage watch from one of the most collectible and highly regarded vintage watch brands and this watch will make an excellent financial investment as well as 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 a watch of the same quality today would cost at least three times the price of this.

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.

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

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.

Please take a look at our other vintage gold watches.

Thank you.