Unusual formed case

Unusual formed case

Postby kevco » September 12th 2013, 9:25am

Saw this being offered this morning and jumped on it.
Seller including a black leather strap.


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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby koimaster » September 12th 2013, 9:29am

Nice, appears to be late 50's early 60's design.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby mrneddles » September 12th 2013, 10:52am

I'm sure ChronoMatt can step in and give us a rundown on that one. Beautiful! Congrats
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby Horse Feathers » September 12th 2013, 11:19am

Beautiful, amazing condition
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby kevco » September 12th 2013, 11:44am

The movement (cal. 370) serial number 11676281-shows to be from 1961 (aprox.) I still am having a tough time finding any additional info. This is a 10k GF case,not the solid 14k. Anyone who comes up with anymore pertinent descriptions please post.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby conjurer » September 12th 2013, 11:52am

Beautiful! It gives me a vintage hardon!
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby Airframer » September 12th 2013, 1:46pm

Pretty damned snazzy
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby TemerityB » September 12th 2013, 7:35pm

kev, you and I must prowl the same sites...did I see that piece at Girards or Boomertime? I swear, I was showing that same watch to my wife and we were talking about the case, of course. Amazing...I hope you enjoy that piece.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby Mortuus » September 12th 2013, 7:52pm

Awesome find! Looks like it just came out of a dealer's cabinet...
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby four of diamonds » September 12th 2013, 8:45pm

If you want to get some history on the watch, send an email to Longines via the "Contact us" form on their website. You will need to include the case code and movement serial number. A picture of the watch can be sent as well. Longines maintains an archive on all watches sold, so they likely have some information about it. Usually they can tell you the date of manufacture and the dealer it was shipped to. They respond fairly quickly.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby koimaster » September 12th 2013, 9:05pm

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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby ChronoMATT » September 13th 2013, 2:27am

Thanks for the floor, Neddles...

I can't add a lot here other than Koi's guess of late 1950s to early 1960s is spot on. I'd say 1959 to 1961.

Soon after Hamilton's 1957 $200 solid gold Electric Ventura created a stir with celebrities and the elite with its avant garde styling, most mid tier watch brands released a funky shaped "me too" model or two during this period. Bulova, Elgin, Zodiac, Wittnauer, and most notably Accutron all did it, along with many more. This is the same style of corporate group consciousness that brought us the 1950s mystery dial craze.

Longines actually has one or two additional period asymmetric models that would look at home in the Hammie Electric line up.

I envy the OP. This style of watch is what my collection is all about: the weird and wacky. I'd love to have an example.

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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby 3Flushes » September 13th 2013, 2:17pm

Great find, tough to come by in such nice condition.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby TimeBeing » September 15th 2013, 2:35pm

A real treasure! Congrats!
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby Mark1 » September 15th 2013, 7:07pm

Unusual for sure. The movement looks to be in amazing condition for its vintage. Congrats.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby kevco » September 20th 2013, 6:21am

From the manufacturer:



Dear Mr. Copeland,



Thank you for your email and interest in Longines watches.



Following your request, we have the pleasure to give you the information found in our old hand-written registers : at the origin, the serial number 11’876’281 identifies a Longines manually wound mechanical movement, caliber 370.

It has been invoiced to Longines-Wittnauer, Longines’ branch in the U.S.A., on 21.06.1962.



Hoping this information is convenient to you, I remain at your entire disposal for any further request.



Best regards,





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Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby Airframer » September 20th 2013, 7:09am

Longines is a real class act, it seems.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby kevco » September 20th 2013, 7:39am

Airframer wrote:Longines is a real class act, it seems.


Indeed. 24 hour response.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby TemerityB » September 20th 2013, 2:19pm

kevco wrote:
Airframer wrote:Longines is a real class act, it seems.


Indeed. 24 hour response.


That, my friends, is a real watch company. If you bought a current watch from IWG I'd wager they'd just go "duh" if you wrote them about it.

So kevco: Is my memory correct? Was that a Girards piece?
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby kevco » September 21st 2013, 11:01am

TemerityB wrote:
kevco wrote:
Airframer wrote:Longines is a real class act, it seems.


Indeed. 24 hour response.


That, my friends, is a real watch company. If you bought a current watch from IWG I'd wager they'd just go "duh" if you wrote them about it.

So kevco: Is my memory correct? Was that a Girards piece?




Yes it was indeed. His pieces might be a bit more to purchase..but he offers a 6 month warranty.
Plus you can always dial their number and get him or Krisi on the phone. Usually on the first try.
He is a super nice guy. He doesn't pretend to be an expert but he will answer any questions you have to the best of his ability.
His was one of the first web based dealers I chose when I started collecting back in 2009.
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Re: Unusual formed case

Postby TemerityB » September 21st 2013, 1:17pm

kevco wrote:
TemerityB wrote:
kevco wrote:
Airframer wrote:Longines is a real class act, it seems.


Indeed. 24 hour response.


That, my friends, is a real watch company. If you bought a current watch from IWG I'd wager they'd just go "duh" if you wrote them about it.

So kevco: Is my memory correct? Was that a Girards piece?




Yes it was indeed. His pieces might be a bit more to purchase..but he offers a 6 month warranty.
Plus you can always dial their number and get him or Krisi on the phone. Usually on the first try.
He is a super nice guy. He doesn't pretend to be an expert but he will answer any questions you have to the best of his ability.
His was one of the first web based dealers I chose when I started collecting back in 2009.


I like Girards, too, for watches like you just picked up - but in fairness, he also sells more than his fair share of watches with replaced casebacks, stems, crowns, and whatnot, as well a slew of redone faces (he's famous for those Tudors that end up saying Rolex on them). He is, however, very honest - if you ask lots of questions while ordering he tells everything he knows about his watches. No hard sell, no dickering, no BS - a very nice gentleman.
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