This rare mid-sized wristwatch has a cylindrical main body with matching chamfers to the front and back bezels. However, it is the lugs which are most notable, they extend from the body of the watch from fixed faceted bases which are joined to multi-faceted hinged hooped strap retainers. The size of the lugs add substantially to the watch’s presence – while the case has a diameter of only 26mm, the full length of the watch including the lugs extends to nearly 40mm. Although uncommon, articulated lugs were incorporated on a variety of models during the 1930s from plain time-only watches to chronographs.
The Longines Archives confirm that this watch was originally invoiced by Longines to their UK agent, Baume, on 21 September 1938. Baume distributed Longines watches throughout the UK and the dial of this watch shows that this watch was supplied to the retailer Arthur Saunders in London. Arthur Saunders & Co. were based at 5 Southampton Row, London, WC1. The design of the dial continues to reflect styles established for early wristwatches in the 1920s. The Longines signature has been deliberately placed just about the subsidiary seconds to allow space at the top of the dial for the retailer to insert their own name – a common practice at the time. The watch’s case is in excellent condition with tight hinges to the lugs and sharp chamfers to the lugs; there are light scuffs and scratches from wear. There is light tarnishing to the dial, some small scratches between 3 and 4 o’clock and two more noticeable scuffs between 8 and 10 o’clock.
[M] Longines cal. 10.68Z gilded manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] silvered, black Arabic numerals with red ’12’ o’clock, subsidiary seconds, signed by Longines and the retailer Arthur Saunders
[C] steel circular, chamfered bezel, substantial faceted and hinged hoop-form lugs with fixed strap bars, snap-on case back
[S] dial and movement signed
26.5mm diameter excluding winding crown
39.5mm length including lugs
9mm depth to centre of crystal
16mm strap width (recessed lug position)
20mm maximum inner lug width
Longines confirmation email of archive entry
One Year Guarantee – serviced by a Longines approved service centre
Black Bough leather watch pouch and Black Bough certificate