Occam’s Razor, put simply, states: “the simplest solution is almost always the best.” It’s a problem-solving principle arguing that simplicity is better than complexity. Named after 14th-century logician and theologian William of Ockham, this theory has been helping many great thinkers for centuries. Many industries swear by it and we think that it applies to quite well to watches too. Case in point this wonderfully simple Longines with a dial that has aged to a deep cream color, the proven caliber 12.68Z, and a simple, thin, and well-proportioned stainless-steel case. The man who simply needed a watch in the 1940s could ask for nothing more and the man of 2021 would also agree.
The 37mm stainless steel case is in great condition. The edges are very crisp and show no signs of overpolishing and there are a number of small scratches throughout the case and snap on caseback but no major faults to note. The signed crown is correct and through to be original. The watch also comes with a Longines signed Kestenmade milanese style bracelet that is in matching great condition.
The Dial and Hands
The cream colored dial which is the result of patina is the standout on this watch and can been seen on similar Longines references from the day. There is some light speckling that is the result of time and age as well but overall condition is great. The overall design is very simple with applied markers and a center seconds hand.
This watch features a manually wound Longines calibre 12.68zs movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown
In the vintage world, Longines is a chronograph company— the brand manufactured some of the best chronograph examples in the world both early and often. Longines created its first chronograph in a pocket watch application all the way back in 1878 and, just under 20 years later, served as the official timer of the 1896 Olympics in Athens. The brand created the first wristwatch chronograph in 1913 with its Caliber 13.33z and continued to narrowly focus on this segment of the market for the next 50 years.
Alongside developments in the chronograph sector of the market, Longines made some serious strides in time-only movement manufacturing as well as in water-resistant case making. The brands “tre tacche” and “sei tacche” screwback cases are highly collectible today, many times powered by the 12.68 family of movements— the time-only generation matching up with their caliber 13 chronographs.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Longines calibre 12.68zs|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|