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    1912 Longines pocket watch - a present!!

    To be honest I never had any interest in pocket watches always thinking that they were big and bulky crude things. But I have just been given this Longines pocket watch as a present from my girlfriend. Apart from "having to like it", I actually do. It is really is a thing of beauty when you hold it in your hand. This is my first and only pocket watch but I can really see the attraction!

    Her dad knowing that I am into watches told her that his friend wanted to sell this pocket watch. He was given it by his dad decades ago, and his sons have absolutely no interest in it so he decided to sell it and spend the money. She bought it for equivalent of 90 Euro. To me this sounds like a steal, but as I said I have no knowledge of pocket watches. So any comments or information/ advice is welcome.

    From what I can find based on it's serial number, it was made in 1912.

    Behold a simple thing of beauty..........







    Outter case lid open:





    Inner case lid open:



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    Re: 1912 Longines pocket watch - a present!!

    Quite a nice watch!!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Very handsome. Wish I had such a thoughtful girlfriend.
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    Congrats on your first pocketwatch, I think anybody that collect vintage pieces should have a pocketwatch

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    Re: 1912 Longines pocket watch - a present!!

    Thanks, yes a nice present that I am surprised that I am liking it so much.

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    Re: 1912 Longines pocket watch - a present!!

    thats a wonderful present!

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    Thanks! And I forgot to mention that is keeps really good time! Although it needs to be wound every 16hours (is that normal?)

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    No, once every 16 hours is too frequent. If the watch can't be fully wound, it would have a broken mainspring. If it can, then despite the good timekeeping, the movement may well be dirty and in need of a service since the extra friction in the system will either drain the power too much or block the mechanism when the mainspring power is low.

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    Re: 1912 Longines pocket watch - a present!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    No, once every 16 hours is too frequent. If the watch can't be fully wound, it would have a broken mainspring.
    "Set" mainspring on a full wind. Probably old blue steel.

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