Vintage Longine question

Vintage Longine question

Postby koimaster » May 19th 2014, 8:42am

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I was asked at facebook about this Longines which belonged to the parent of a member of the snowboard community I belong to. Any ideas as to age, movement or worth?
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby conjurer » May 19th 2014, 9:00am

A beautiful old Longines, no doubt, Alain. I'm pretty ignorant about vintage so I won't hazard a guess in terms of age (although the numbers on the dial look very Art Deco cool.) In terms of value, these days the prices of old watches like this are still driven by if the case (and maybe bracelet) are solid gold or not.

It's sad to see so many of these great old watches being sold for the melt-value of the gold, but there were so many watches made back in the old days, and they were made so well, that there're plenty on the market, which drives down the value.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby svaglic » May 19th 2014, 9:17am

http://www.vintagewatchresources.com/ye ... tifier.php
If they can get the back off and get the numbers, they can look it up here. I wouldn't want to guess on anything.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby koimaster » May 19th 2014, 9:27am

I just asked the guy for the numbers so we shall see if he will get them.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby kevco » May 20th 2014, 5:30am

I sent the photo to the Longines museum curator. She might have some information.
Post the number if you are able to get it Alain.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby kevco » May 20th 2014, 7:28am

Possibly a 17J, Aux seconds,gold jewel settings automatic Ca. 1957. 14k by the way. Almost positive. But I have been wrong before.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby 3Flushes » May 20th 2014, 11:06am

The bracelets back then were heavy, especially the mesh ones. I don't know much about Longines, but the weave of the bracelet makes it late 50's, early 60's, I'd say. Ask him how the watch and bracelet are marked, the bracelet looks solid, but they all made a lot of filled pieces during the 50's and 60's, and solid bracelets were oftentimes soldered to a lug-less case in those days. Longines also made 9K and 12K solid gold watches. I think the cal is likely 19A, a popular Longines 17 jewel automatic movement, or the 19.4, a 17 jewel handcranker, both of which have the 6 o'clock sub seconds complication.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby four of diamonds » May 21st 2014, 5:43pm

Or it could be a Longines 30L movement, one of the best manual wind movements made. Or a 23Z. The 23Z is not as well regarded as the 30L, but is still an excellent movement.
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Re: Vintage Longine question

Postby hcharles » May 21st 2014, 8:23pm

Have a longines 23Z, took it to my watch repairman, and he loves them. Haven't heard anything bad about any Longines, think they are all good. They're still around, and that says a lot.
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