Longines Ref. 3149 invoiced 1938 | steel manual vintage wristwatch
The cushion form case was one of the first ‘shaped’ cases to appear on the market after the mainstream introduction of the wristwatch in the 1910s. 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. There are scuffs and light scratches to the dial.
The Longines Archives confirm that this watch was originally invoiced to the watchmaker’s UK Agent, Baume & Co., on 26 March 1938. The Archives further detail that the model’s reference number is 3149.
[M] gilded Longines calibre 12.68Z manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance
[D] silvered dial, black Roman numerals with red 12 o’clock, subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands
[C] steel cushion form case with polished finish, fixed bar lugs, snap-on case back and bezel
[S] dial and movement signed
31mm width excluding winding crown
10.5mm depth to centre of crystal
17mm strap width
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been serviced
Black Bough box, Black Bough certificate