This WatchWe have here a classic Longines manual wind dress watch from circa 1958. The stunning, two-tone dial has a striking symmetry, which is enhanced by the sweeping centre seconds. The dial is previously restored, some time ago and there are now new signs of aging and a nice even patina to the dial, bringing this watch to its former stunning beauty. The gilt, arrow markers, with a slightly thicker arrow at 12 o'clock, give the watch that distinct 1950s appeal.
The watch sits in a stainless steel, three-piece case and is the perfect size for a dress watch. Inside is the manual wind caliber 12.68, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a brown, croc grain strap, but with a face like that, it can wear anything.
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.
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
We love this watch and are proud to be selling a revived and stunning piece of design, making it available for the next generation. We like to be as transparent as possible with what our watches have gone through, and we are happy to present quality craftsmanship that means these timepieces get many more years of use!
If you're looking for an affordable, attractive and reliable vintage dress watch, you'd be pushed to find a better example. We love the two-tone dial and it's the perfect watch for a first-time vintage watch buyer or a seasoned collector.
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : Circa 1958
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Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty