Longines Model Ref.3251 14ct c1950

£1,950

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example

A Simply Stunning Light Gold Dial with Centre Seconds Dial

Classic, High Grade Calibre 10L Movement in Superb Condition

Beautiful, 25mm x 28mm, 14ct Solid Yellow Gold Longines Swiss Case

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

A Classic 1950s Dial with Black Dot Indices and ‘3 – 6 – 9 – 12’ Roman Numerals in Beautiful Condition

New, Good Quality Black Leather Strap with 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: L1353
Price £1,950

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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 c1950. Notable highlights of this watch are its beautiful and rare dial with restored ‘index’ hands, the subsidiary seconds dial around the centre of the dial, 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 a wonderful example of a 1950s Longines. The beautiful ‘index’ style hands, matched with black Roman numerals around the edge of the centre seconds dial, all on a white dial make this watch absolutely stand out.

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.

As this dial is in original, unrestored condition, this has been left untouched by our restoration team due to its superb condition. Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however we decided in this case to leave it alone, due to its unusually good condition and to retain its originality and charm for those who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website, which have been restored. The hands, likewise, have also been left in their original untouched condition.

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 7101230 on the movement. The calibre number 10L, can also be clearly seen.

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 25mm in width, excluding the unsigned crown, 29mm in length, 43mm including the lugs and 35mm 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 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, black leathr 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 c1950.

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 1950s 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 70 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.