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Longines steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1935

A steel cushion form wristwatch with red ’12’

This is a handsome and early Longines 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. The blued steel hands with their ‘moon’ ends are in a traditional style, one that is often associated with the watches of Breguet from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and, despite its adoption by several different makers, it is Breguet after whom this style of hands is usually named. 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.

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Technical details

[M] gilded Longines calibre 12.68Z manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered dial, black Arabic 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

Measurements

Width excluding winding crown: 31mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width: 18mm

All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough fitted presentation box.

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Description

Steel Longines vintage wristwatch, circa 1935
A steel cushion form wristwatch with red ’12’

This is a handsome and early Longines 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. The blued steel hands with their ‘moon’ ends are in a traditional style, one that is often associated with the watches of Breguet from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and, despite its adoption by several different makers, it is Breguet after whom this style of hands is usually named. 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.

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Technical details

[M] gilded Longines calibre 12.68Z manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered dial, black Arabic 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

Measurements

Width excluding winding crown: 31mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width: 18mm

All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough fitted presentation box.

£750.00 [Sold]