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    A big old Lanco

    I was messing about with 'make an offer' and ended up getting this at a good price. It was a vendor from a country (with a very dodgy description of the watch - I suspect you can guess) that I would not normally buy from - but was worth the risk. Anyway, it turned out good, and I am happy with what I paid

    It is a large 39mm (without crown), 20mm fixed bars, with a slightly yellowed crystal in a nickel-chrome (solid, not plated) 3 part case. The case-back is worn through a little, so will need repair. It carries its age well, and in my opinion is a very genuine old watch.



    The movement is in good condition. It is the same one used in Stefano's Trench Lanco. Quite big for a wrist watch at 17'''. What little information I can gather is that these movements were also used in Lanco pocket watches - but I am still working on a proper ID.



    My apologies for the horrible small (18mm) strap - I don't have fixed lug straps in this size. I will have to buy an old style aviator's strap to fit it.



    It has a considerable wrist presence. Dial is etched metal.



    It was described as WWII - yeah right! Ignoring that sales pitch, in my opinion it is older. I am thinking early-mid 1930s. The movement was certainly an old design by that point in time, so I doubt it is much later. Lancos I have seen from the late 30s, early 40s the much smaller more modern 1022 movement. Alternative opinions welcome
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    Re: A big old Lanco

    If the movement is that large, it's a Langendorf 1703.
    If the movement is 15 lignes, it's a Langendorf 1500.
    The 1703 has the strangest looking setting bridge.

    P.S. I also ID'ed your trenchwatch movement.

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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Cool I have no plans to pull the dial at this point, but no doubt I will at some point. Yes, is definitely 17''' and not 15'''- although I expect it has been trimmed, as the dial side on the pocket watch 17''' Langendorf's seem to have plenty of extra meat.

    Do you have any scans/doc you could put up? Any idea of the production years for the movement? I'd love to know if my estimate was in the ballpark.

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    P.S. I also ID'ed your trenchwatch movement.
    Thanks Much appreciated.
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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Nice patine on the dial~Congrats!

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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Once again you've posted an interesting and attractive piece. Apparently it is sometimes better to be lucky rather than good.
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    Re: A big old Lanco

    I am so jealous, if you wanna shift it let me know! my Lanco was serviced not long before I got it and is one of my best watches time keeping wise up there with my 68 Seamaster and Constellation!
    It deserves a decent tan Flieger strap....you lucky sod!

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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Lanco is one of those brands that many collectors ignore - yet they made very nice watches using their own movements. And that really is a great looking example trim. Congrats.
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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Lanco is one of those brands that many collectors ignore.
    I don't mind, just means more for me.

    I also have another very nice Lanco, 36mm late 30s-40s with the most wonderful Art Deco lugs, which cost me all of US$16. Admittedly it is a little scruffy - but so what

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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Looking at the huge size of your Lanco, I think I just picked up a womens Lanco. It's barrel shaped from the twenties and even though small I assumed it was a mans. I guess what they say about assuming is true...

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    Re: A big old Lanco

    Beautiful 1930s,mil style watch.I saw recently one similar to yours,but cant remeber where.
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