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.
The Longines Record reference 504132 is directly correlated to the brand’s purchase of the Record watch company in 1961. Record, founded in 1903, had earned a reputation early on first for their sector watches and then for their military watches issued in both world wars. Unfortunately for Record, the brand began to falter by the late ‘50s, eventually selling to Longines. Longines produced watches under the Longines Record name for another 40 years, all the way up until 1991.
The 35mm cushion shape stainless steel case is in very good condition with only light scratches throughout. It shows signs of a previous polish, but the case still retains sharp edges and the correct brush finish on the top of the case. The watch wears the correct caseback and Record signed crown.
The Dial and Hands
This watch features a beautiful grey sunburst dial with applied hour markers and lume dots. The lume dots and the lume on the hands are in excellent condition and has aged to a lovely caramel color evenly across all of the lume. There is some light aging around the applied hour markers that is consistent throughout the dial.
This watch is powered by an automatic, Record 1955-2 movement. This movement was developed by Record, pre-Longines, and was part of the brand purchase. The movement features a quickset date feature that allows the wearer to advance the date forward with a simple push of the crown. The watch is running and keeping time. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Record 1955-2|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|