First released in 1956, the Longines Silver Arrow has a fascinating history. Named in homage of the ground-breaking, Mercedes Benz Formula 1 cars of the time, which were known for their speed, technological advancement and elegance.
Silver Arrows are known for their case back emblems: a supersonic plane, flying amongst the stars. With these watches being made right on the brink of the Space Age, it is a clear nod to Longines's association with aviation, as well as their clear understanding of the advancements in technology that were happening in multiple other industries.
Our Silver Arrow is no exception when it comes to beauty. This watch, put simply, is stunning. it is in truly spectacular condition for a watch that was first sold on the 16th October 1957, as is stated on the longines archive extract. The dial is incredibly interesting. It has an outer, mirrored ring and very unusual, brick-effect baton markers.
We've paired the watch on its original, Longines-signed fixoflex bracelet, but this watch really can wear anything.
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.
What we think
Longines produced a very good Silver Arrow this year as part of their Heritage range, but you really can't beat the original!
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : Invoiced 16th October 1957
Case Size : 33mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug :
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Longines Archive Extract
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty