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    First Longines for the collection

    This one recently arrived. The dial and sub second hand are a perfect combination. I got this one with the intention of having it fully serviced and a new strap. The current spring bracelet is rough and is not original to this watch.

    I do not feel comfortable opening it to show the movement. My hand is too shaky for this one and I do not want to risk any deep scratches.

    It does wind and briefly runs when laid flat. Hands are aligned and move smoothly. Crystal looks to be polished and it will need a good cleaning inside and out. 10k gold filled, "VM65" etched on casing but I can live with that.

    Can anything be identified with the limited information and pictures? Year?
    Flagship? Thank you!

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    Re: First Longines for the collection

    This is a Ref. 1010 with a cal 23Z, circa mid 50s. With that said, I think the dial is/could be reprinted. Black dials were not common back in those days and dress watches like this one were usually white/silver faced. Also, if you look closely at the winged logo, you can notice some golden parts at the top of it that appear to be on the outside of the outline of the logo itself. Maybe I'm wrong but I'm always skeptical about black dials Longines from that era. Most of the black dials were "military" watches.

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    Re: First Longines for the collection

    You will need to give it to a watchmaker who is very experienced. It is a frond loader, it means that you have to open the watch by removing the glass and pull out the crown to see the movement and have it serviced.
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    Re: First Longines for the collection

    Dial probably refiinished

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    It has certainly seen some work in it's life. Another local collector on the forum recommended a guy a few minutes from my work. Been in business 30+ years and he trusts him with his Longines, Rolex Omega etc so i'll give him a try and see how he does.

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    Re: First Longines for the collection

    Well, anyway, you're welcome for the info...

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    Didn't see your post. I apologize
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErreCi View Post
    This is a Ref. 1010 with a cal 23Z, circa mid 50s. With that said, I think the dial is/could be reprinted. Black dials were not common back in those days and dress watches like this one were usually white/silver faced. Also, if you look closely at the winged logo, you can notice some golden parts at the top of it that appear to be on the outside of the outline of the logo itself. Maybe I'm wrong but I'm always skeptical about black dials Longines from that era. Most of the black dials were "military" watches.
    The mobile view did not show this before so I apologize. Too many pop ups moving posts around.

    I thought the black was odd but it did have the "gold flake" look to it and figured even as a redial it would be a good one to learn Longines with. I'll see if I can get s better picture for you. I will be stopping at the watch makers shop tomorrow and if he has time to pop it open for me then I will get pictures of the movement. Thank you for the info!

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    Re: First Longines for the collection

    You can also request information about the watch from the Longines website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    You can also request information about the watch from the Longines website.
    Great thanks! Luckily there is an AD close by and I might give them a try as well.

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