ID help on Longine wristwatch?

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    ID help on Longine wristwatch?

    Hello everyone!

    I recently inherited a wristwatch from my grandmother which I'd like to know more about. I'm not a hundred percent willing to open it up though, so all I have are external details and a photo.

    The watch is manual wind, .5" wide (from 9 - 3) and 1" tall. The face has the words "Longines" above the center and "Swiss" at the very bottom. The font looks similar to Longines watches I've seen from the 1960s. On the back, it has "10K gold filled" and "S&W". The only other markings are the little hourglass with wings engraved on the cap.

    I searched through the Vintage Watches Resource but didn't find this type, although I saw a few that looked similar -- all from the early 1960s. But as I'm entirely new to this, I have no idea if that's really the case

    I appreciate any help you can give me!
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    Re: ID help on Longine wristwatch?

    You may be new, but you are accurate!

    It might be a 50s watch too... most of the clues are given by the movement. If it is an heirloom it is almost certainly worth fixing. I suspect it is a 17 jeweled winder and any real watchmaker can clean it and lubricate it. When they do that, you can see the Longines caliber number (probably in a rectangle). That will tell the real experts (not so much me!) a lot more.

    Welcome to vintage - where the combined age of the watches discussed when divided by the combined age of the moderators produces a number close to one.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    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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    Re: ID help on Longine wristwatch?

    Oddly enough, I have the same model of watch. I picked it up from a local seller along with a solid gold ladies Dugena for a grand total of $3. It's contains a pretty run-of-the-mill Longines movement inside. Not that that's a bad thing, as even the basic Longines movements tend to be quite nice, both aesthetically and quality wise.










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    Re: ID help on Longine wristwatch?

    The 4LLV is the same as the 13.15V. The 13.15 was developed in conjunction with Wittnauer and introduced in 1937 as an 18,000 bph (beats per hour - meaning how many times it ticks; click HERE for more info) movement, and upgraded to a 19,800 bph movement in 1955 when Longines added the V to designate the change. They modified a few plates & bridges, and put a smaller balance & hairspring assembly inside (click HERE for more info).

    Josh1 - the serial number on your watch puts it from 1960.

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    Re: ID help on Longine wristwatch?

    I am increasingly interested in ladies watches... the women in my family favor these beautiful non-second hand pieces -- or they want vintage ladies Heuer dive watches with the rotating bezel... once they discover how easy it is to time things by rotating the bezel it is hard to get them off their wrist.

    But if they are going out... it's one of these for sure!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    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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