We have here a stunning 18ct solid gold square dress watch with wonderful scalloped lugs. The simple yet elegant design has a sophistication so often associated with the Longines name and a style of watch that we are proud to put our name to as well.
The gilt mixed Arabic and dot markers sit inside the outer minute track. The subsidiary seconds dial is at 6 o'clock. The watch has a wonderful symmetry to it that oozes elegance. We've paired this watch on a black leather strap to dress it up but it would look good on anything. Invoiced to Simitian, Longines' agent for Chad on the 24th October 1949, this watch is in great condition and we bet it's seen a few things in its 70+ years!
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 has been fully serviced in our on-site workshop and comes with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Spec StuffSerial : 760****
Age : 1941/1950
Specific Age : 24th October 1949
Case Size : 26mm
Case Thickness : N/A
Lug to Lug :
Lugs : 16mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : 18ct Gold
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty