The Admiral series was created by Longines in late 1958 or early 1959 as a mid-range line of front loading case watches. As evident by this Admiral diver, the Admiral line would take on a number of different forms over the years with the line’s 5-star motif showing up on everything from dress watches, to aviation inspired pieces, and yes to dive watches. This particular reference is one of the less common within the range and its case, which is somewhere between a tonneau and cushion case, paired with a rotating diver bezel and matte black dial make its aesthetics unique as well.
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 Case and Bracelet
The 37mm stainless steel case is in good condition. Obvious in the photos is the fading on the bezel which is common for this reference. Both the crown and caseback are signed and are correct for the watch. The crystal is also in great condition which lets the dial shine. The watch comes on an aftermarket Bear bracelet and will fit a 7.5 inch wrist.
The Dial and Hands
The matte black dial is in great condition with only a small chip on the edge of the dial above the 11 o’clock index that should be noted. The overall layout is geared to legibility with numerals at 6, 9, and 12 in white with contrasting hour indices in a caramel color. Also shown on the dial are the classic applied 5 stars of the Admiral line.
This watch features an automatic Longines 505 movement. The 505 movement is equivalent to the Record 1955-2 movementand is a Record design. It was adopted by Longines, when Record was acquired by the brand. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Longines 505|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|