Longines Automatic Ref. 3029-1

$595.00

The History

Longines was founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz, who, unlike the founder of many other watch brands, was not a heralded watchmaker but rather a businessman. The early years of Longines were consumed by pocket watches and chronographs powered by their workhouse 20H movement. Fast forward a century and things start to get interesting. In the late 1920s and ‘30s, the brand began to make watches for the famous aviators of the day. Even though airplane technology was advancing quickly, airplane navigation tools were slow to catch on. One of these first innovations in aviation technology was a rotating 60 second bezel that a pilot could use to synchronize their watch with a GMT signal sent over their radio. This synchronized watch could then be used to make more precise navigation calculations. Longines’ relationship with the aviation industry would lead to the 1931 creation of the Lindbergh Hour Angle watch.

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The Reference

While sports watches with integrated bracelets have been all the rage for years now the same cannot be said for their cousins across the aisle, the dress watch with a fitted or integrated bracelet. These watches really came into popularity during the 70s, and they still scream of the 70s today.  This particular watch wears its bracelet particularly well. If you ask us this is due to a number of design elements that position the watch squarely between the dress and sporty vibe. The square lugs, crisp case, and large crown say sports watch, but its two hand layout brushed silver dial and applied hour markers sing more of a dress watch octave. Luckily the two design notes come together to form a very pleasing harmony.

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The Case

The stainless steel case is in excellent condition with minimal superficial scratches. The edges are incredibly sharp and leads us to believe that the watch is in unpolished and original condition. The fitted 1570 bracelet is also in excellent condition and holds very close to the case. Of additional note on the bracelet is a beautiful applied Longines winged crest on the buckle. The caseback, crown, and crystal show no major faults and are correct and believed to be original.

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The Dial and Hands

The vertically brushed silver dial is in good condition. There is some accumulation of dirt or discoloration that can be seen under the Longines logo as well as around some of the applied hour markers. The hands and hour markers are in very good condition with no faults to note.

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The Movement

This watch is powered by a Longines L631.1 automatic movement. The watch was recently serviced according to the seller.

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Seller WatchSafari
Auction Number 248
Location New York City
Brand Longines
Model Automatic
Reference Number 3029-1
Movement Longines L631.1 Automatic
Year 1970s
Dial Silver
Case Width 35mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Stainless Steel
Clasp Type Stainless Steel Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

$595.00

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  1. Watchdog

    Hi did this watch ever have a second hand

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    • Dial and Bezel

      No it was produced as a two hand model

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