Longines Ref. 4858 invoiced 1949 | 14ct gold manual vintage wristwatch
An exceptional example of the ref. 4858, this watch is cased in 14ct yellow gold. The Longines archives confirm that this watch was originally invoiced to their Swiss agent, Wirth, on 25 November 1949. In outstanding condition, there is an excellent lustre to the dial and crisp definition to the case. Interestingly the subsidiary seconds dial is unusually wedge-shaped so that the sides of the sub dial are steeper at the 60-second marker and shallower at the 30-second point. It’s also noteworthy that the watch retains its original plain gold winding crown. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Longines’ calibre 27.0 which is beautifully finished with decoratively damascened plates and bridges.
The vintage leather strap is made of pig skin and is signed to the interior for Owen Faulkner. Owen Faulkner was a jewellery and watch retailer based in Pinner, Middlesex. Stylistically the strap most likely dates to the 1950s so was presumably fitted not long after its original purchase in Switzerland.
[M] Longines calibre 27.0 manually wound movement, decoratively damascened bridges, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic numerals, engine-turned sunken subsidiary seconds with tapered sides, gilded ‘index’ hands
[C] 14ct yellow gold case with chamfered bezel, satin finished case sides, down-turned lugs, snap-on satin finished 14ct gold case back
[S] case, dial and movement signed
33mm diameter excluding winding crown
39.5mm length including lugs
9mm depth to centre of crystal
19mm strap width/lug gauge
One Year guarantee – serviced by a Longines approved service centre
Black Bough leather watch pouch & Black Bough certificate