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    Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    I'm completely ignorant when it comes to Swiss PWs, so I'd appreciate some help and opinions on this particular piece.

    It's a Longines, and signed as such on the dial, movement, and case. As can be seen, the dial has seen(much) better days.

    The movement looks to me to be 15 jewels, and is not currently running as it's badly gummed up. Movement s/n is 3033168.

    The case carries no hallmarks, so I'm guessing it's nickel silver/german silver. The marking is "EFCo" over an eagle. It's also marked Longines. Case s/n is the same as the movement s/n.

    It's about an American 16 size, and seems to be roughly the same thickness as a standard American watch of this size.

    Based on the case style, if it were American, I'd guess it to be from the 1910s or so, but as I said I'm clueless about Swiss watches.

    Can anyone give me any further information about the age as well as how correct this case/movement/dial/hand combination is?

    I apologize for the quality of the photographs. They were taken with my iPhone in the fading evening sun. I can provide better tomorrow if needed.





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    Re: Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    Hi Ben
    serial number dates it to 1915 -> 1916
    1917 started at 3,500,000
    If you write to Longines within about 48 hours they will give you all the details of the piece (caliber, date sold and to whom)

    Case looks all correct and original to me

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    Re: Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    Thanks Adam-will do!
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    Re: Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    They are amazingly helpful, but any issue let me know. I know them well
    Give serial nos, movement and case pictures and ask all you want to know.
    I also ask for caliber picture and spec.
    Look forward to hearing their reply
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    Re: Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    Here's what Longines had to say

    The original serial number 3'033'168 identifies a pocket watch in metal. It is fitted with Longines manually wound mechanical movement, caliber 19.75N. It was invoiced on 06.05.1914 to the company Ostersetzer, which was at that time our agent for Italy.
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    Re: Help with Longines Pocket Watch

    Interesting
    If you want a copy of the caliber and spec, just ask.

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