Longines caught the collecting community’s eye early on in the recent vintage trend and continue to be a big part of enthusiasm and collections today. Early books on Longines were authored by a man pen-named John Goldberger with scholarship led by him and his Italian friends. Their work in popularizing the brand created ripple effects beyond the marquee models from vintage Longines, shining a light even at the most basic, economic level of Longines. At that level, the brand was very successful in supplying customers with a well-made and usable, everyday dress watch.
The example here is a great representative of the slightly higher end offering from Longines. Cased in a 14k yellow gold, this art deco cased watch with beautiful spider lugs and proven caliber 23Z movement, proved the perfect companion for the man looking for a high-end Swiss watch in the 1960s. But there were a lot more options at this time even from Longines. Quartz was on the horizon and branding was becoming king with Longines releasing the Conquest, Admiral, and Ultra-Chron lines of watches to stay competitive. This watch speaks to an older and more elegant age of watchmaking. An age that would quickly disappear in the 70s and not see a resurgence until quite recently.
The 34mm 14k yellow gold case is in very good condition. The case design is reminiscent of earlier watch design especially the spider styled lugs which add a distinct elegance and style to the watch. The watch has seen a polish at some point in its lifetime which is almost a guarantee for any solid gold watch due to the softness of the material but the case has not been over polished. The unsigned crown, caseback, and acrylic crystal look to be correct for the watch.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are in excellent condition. The silver dial is wonderfully accented by arrowhead style hour markets and a roman 12. Additionally, there are applied dot style minute markers that complete the look. The dial is free from any major faults and a clear highlight of this watch.
This watch is powered by a Longines caliber 23Z hand wound movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Cal. 23Z|
|Case Material||14k Yellow Gold|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|