Founded in 1832, Longines has a rich and exciting history. The company produced their first movement, the 20A, in 1867 near the Swiss town of Saint-Imier, in a place called Es Longines ("long meadows"). This movement won an award at the Exhibition Universelle in Paris in the same year. Longines are credited with advancing the industrialisation of Swiss watchmaking and it because of their new mechanical procedures, they were able to produce a simple chronograph movement, the 20H, as early as 1878. It was the first mechanism that Longines had made that could be used for precise timing and it was so popular with horse racing bettors and spectators that by the end of 1886, Longines were supplying chronographs to the majority of New York's sports officials. It is still the official timekeeper of many horse races, with over 40 in its annual calendar.
The Longines brand name and logo were officially registered with the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (later the WIPO) in 1889. Longines is the oldest brand name registered with the WIPO that is unchanged and still in use today. Longines is now part of the Swatch Group, having joined in 1983.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Well! I could go on about this piece for days but will let the images tell most of the story! We have manged to offer around 4-7 of these models over our 50 years in buniness but this is the first in solid 18k and this bezel configuration and in our opinion it stands sholder to shoulder with the Rolex prince in style, design and quality. We are big fans of vintage Longines here at AWC and this piece is about as good a vintage, pre-owned Rare as Rocking horse droppings Longines as you will find , Especially in this fantastic original condition . A watch to be cherished and respected and we suggest for special occasions as its 90th Birthday this year. You are unlikely to find a better example in The UK today.
Age : 1931/1940
Specific Age : 1933
Case Size : 20mm
Case Thickness : 7mm
Lugs : 16mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box
Case Material : Solid 18k Gold
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty