Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

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    Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    Hi,
    I have this watch, and it looks very very similar to a caliber 12.68Z; however, without a doubt, it says '789 0T' behind the balance wheel. The serial def. dates it to 1937, and Ranfft does not have '789 0T' as a Longines caliber, so I was wondering if anybody could help?Name:  107.jpg
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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    I do not believe Longines ever marked it's calibers under the balance wheel. Others will know more but I suspect a forgery done in the Ukraine.
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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    it is 100% genuine, I know that for sure, and these early movements are indeed marked in the area below the balance wheel!

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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    Early longines did put the caliber under the balance (I have a 1920's wristwatch with one), but I haven't seen any reference to a caliber 789 or even something that could be misinterpreted as 789. The old caliber numbers referenced the ligne of the watch, which clearly isn't the case here, and the newer calibers numbers didn't (i think) go that high.

    What makes us believe it was a military watch? Because if true, perhaps the caliber was a one-off special order...
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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    Send an email to Longines. They are very quick to respond, and will give you the cal number from the serial.

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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    That's a 15 jewel caliber 12.68Z. 1937 is the correct year according to the serial number.

    There were several pocket watch movements that ended with .89, but none of them looked like that.

    How about a dial shot? That tells a lot.

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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    Does it not look like the movement was meant to be installed in a different case? (PW?)
    I see 2 unused holes for screws.

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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

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    Here is the dial and caseback.

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    Re: Help with 1937 Longines Military Watch

    Looks like you have a nice example of a reference 2484, 21764, or 21917. I'm leaning towards the 2482, especially if there are holes in the sides of the lugs. All those case styles had that stepped bezel and the 3 cutouts for opening the caseback. The 2482 had the 3 tabs (instead of 4) used to hold the movement in, and had that same text on the outside of the caseback. Looks like the correct crown too.

    Nice snag - most of these have very poor redials.

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