Longines Ref. 20624 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1938
A steel cushion form wristwatch with red ’12’
Cushion-form cases were one of the first ‘shaped’ designs to appear on the market after the mainstream introduction of the wristwatch in the 1910s and became especially popular during the 1920s and 1930s. Interestingly, the 12 o’clock numeral is painted in red, a feature adopted by early wristwatch dial manufacturers to act as a quick reminder of its position – this was due to the fact that on open-faced pocket watches, the 12 o’clock position was usually located beneath the winding crown, i.e. the 3 o’clock position on a wristwatch dial. Also notable is the position of the Longines signature which is curved and appears just above the subsidiary seconds dial – this was a deliberate design element and allowed space at the top of the dial for the retailer of the watch to, if desired, place their own name.
Manually wound, the watch is powered by the Longines calibre 12.68Z which was first introduced in 1929 and was so successful that it became one of the company’s signature movements.
[M] gilded Longines calibre 12.68Z manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered dial, black Roman numerals with red 12 o’clock, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands [C] steel cushion form case, fixed bar lugs, snap-on case back and bezel [S] dial and movement signed
Width excluding winding crown: 31mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width: 18mm
Serviced and overhauled by a Longines approved service centre. This watch is sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate.