Longines Cal.284 9ct 1968

£1,950

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example

Large 34mm, 9ct Case, Excluding the Signed Longines Crown

Spectacular High Grade Cal.284, 17 Jewel Hand-Wound Movement

Beautiful Silver-White Dial with ‘Baton’ Hour Indices and ‘Pencil’ Hands

New High Quality Black Leather Strap & Longines Gold-Plated Buckle

High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: L1287
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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, 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 competed head to head with the very best among the Swiss watch manufacturers. It is really only within the past few years that Longines vintage watches have risen again to the admiration and popularity they deserve, with values rising by around 15 – 20% per year. On certain models however, such as the now legendary Longines Calibre.13ZN chronograph, prices have sky-rocketed.

Description

Here we have a simply wonderful example of Longines style and elegance from 1968, when the company was at its peak and competing head to head with all of the top-tier Swiss watch manufacturers. An immaculate vintage Longines gentleman’s hand-wound dress watch. Notable features of this watch include its beautiful dial with original ‘pencil’ hands, matching faceted ‘baton’ indices and the stunning condition of its case.

The Dial

The silver-white dial is a classic example of Longines style and elegance. Clean, simple and very understated. Yellow gilt ‘pencil’ style hands are matched with applied ‘baton’ hour indices. This dial catches the light beautifully and can subtly change from silver to white, or cream, as we have tried to demonstrate in the photographs.

During the 1950s and ’60s, Longines excelled in all aspects of watch design. The company was rightfully held in very high regard for the quality of its movements and close examination of the dial and watch case reveals equal high regard for design, quality, purpose and perfection. We also think almost all of the Longines classic vintage watch dial designs were a step ahead, in terms of design, elegance and sophistication and here is another excellent example, with everything in perfect proportion and balance. Having no date window means the dial is beautifully well balanced and even the name and the brand look more ‘in place’ than any other, which incidentally is the oldest registered trademark of any watch manufacturer.

The dial is simply signed ‘Longines’ with ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom.

This is the original dial which has been previously restored to the highest standards and remains in tip-top condition.

The Movement

This watch contains its original Longines Cal.284, 17 Jewel movement which is popularly regarded as one of the best ‘in-house’ hand-wound movements Longines has ever made.

Following its restoration, overhaul and service, and as seen in the photographs, the movement is now in sparkling condition. This movement has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using only original Longines parts where required. When tested and calibrated, this watch was running to within +5 seconds per day, which is outstanding for a vintage watch of this age, and when fully wound, this movement also has a 42-hour power reserve.

The movement is signed ‘Longines’, ‘Swiss’ and ‘17 Jewels’ with the Calibre No. 284 and the Serial No. 14813907. This serial number dates this watch to 1968.

These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable making the watch appropriate 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 run very happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement* and servicing in the future, as required.

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

As always, our standard advice applies: Vintage Watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Watch Case 

The 9ct yellow gold, three-piece watch case is beautifully constructed. The lugs are straight and swept-back and the flat case-back is blemish free. The case measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the correct Longines unsigned crown. In fact, from any viewpoint, the case is immaculate with no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.

Inside the case-back, the case is correctly signed ‘D.S&S’ for D. Shackman & Son, the UK case-makers who made cases for many of the top Swiss watch manufacturers. The case also carries the signature of ‘Baume’ the Longines UK importers and distributors at the time, along with London UK 9ct hallmarks and the case reference number 58377.

This watch has obviously been very well cared for and has seen only occasional use, as evidenced by its condition, and has only required a professional clean and light hand-polish as part of the restoration.

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 new black 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.

The Box and Papers

Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1968.

A detailed Particulars document will be included with the sales receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also 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 high quality hardwood presentation case shown in the photographs is included with this watch.

In Conclusion

Here we have a beautiful and high class vintage watch from one of the most collectable and highly regarded vintage watch brands which 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 cared for and serviced every 3-4 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 PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% transaction 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.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges, along with outright purchases of similar watches to restore, service and list. 

We can also offer Watch Service, Watch Repair & Watch Restoration, please see here.

If you have any questions please call 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas: +44 207 727 7095.

We are here, ready, available and await your call.

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