Longines was founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz and is considered to be the oldest registered watch brand. Famously, Lindbergh, the aviator, and adventurer worked with Longines to create the Hour Angle watch in 1927. They are also the official timekeeper for the French Open.
This 1961 Longines Automatic has an immaculate 34mm stainless steel case. Polished sides lead to tapering angled lugs. Its 42mm lug to lug ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. The signed crown is large enough to make adjustment a breeze. A stepped bezel holds a domed crystal. Its two-tone egg-shell dial has applied steel baton indexes, beveled edges creating a sophisticated look. Dauphine's steel hands with sub-seconds at 6 o’clock complete the dial. On the reverse, a machine turned screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Longines Cal. 350, 17 Jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. Fitted on a 19mm blue leather strap with a signed buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Longines box or Longines paperwork. The watch comes paired on an aftermarket dark blue strap with a signed Longines buckle. The dial has developed is in fantastic original condition, the hands are also original. The case is in original condition and looks fantastic for the age, nice and shark lugs and case. The movement does come with the KibbleWatches 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Another personal favourite of mine and one I kept myself for a fair while before bringing it to the store, sometimes you just have to enjoy them first. The condition and overall quality of this vintage piece are incredible, when I first saw it I was confident it was a 70s piece, I was very wrong! Massively underrated and should be worth a whole lot more in my opinion but for us collectors, it's a good thing they aren't... Yet!