Inherited Vintage Longine - Small Second
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    Inherited Vintage Longine - Small Second

    Hello All,

    My wife inherited this antique small-second Longine from her Great-Grandfather who passed.

    It's my understanding he bought it before being deployed during WWII and it holds a lot of sentimental value to her.

    Due to its small size I'd like to have it refurbished so she can use it, but I'm assuming it'll be a decent investment since the crystal is broken, the case is heavily worn, and the movement needs servicing.

    My question is: what is the value of these vintage Longines? Is a certain level of patina considered a benefit? If the sentimentality was removed would this be considered a sound investment?

    Thanks in advance for any information.
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    Re: Inherited Vintage Longine - Small Second

    I suspect if you took that to a good watchmaker, had the crystal replaced, case buffed, and movement serviced and then put it on a nice leather strap it would be quite wearable by your wife..
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    Financially, it wouldn't make sense to spend much on the watch. The dial is in good condition and should be left untouched - and the case isn't too bad. Replating cases is expensive and destroys the vintage feel of a piece. A new crystal wouldn't cost much, and, as anzac1957 says it would be a very nice and eminently wearable watch once serviced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
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    I think that questions like the OP's should get answers supported with a little bit more arguments than none.

    TradeKraft, patina is always a benefit, and this watch has it just perfect! The dial is in a really nice condition, all it'll take is a new crystal, strap, and movement service- and re-fitting the minute hand, but of course. In terms of money, selling it after the repairs wouldn't really bring much of a profit- I mean, it would bring some, but not nearly enough to be noticeable.
    As to the case- chrome-plated cases tend to show signs of use and wear, but if the pictures give justice to the condition of the case, then it's not that bad, I think.
    All in all, if you wish to have the watch repaired in order to wear it and at the same time save it for generations to come, I would advise to do it- definitely. The watch is small...by today's standards! If it's a 33mm, know that it was a normal size for a men's watch, and it was so until late 1980s. It is only the last two-three decades that gave us these 45mm monstrous chunks of steel, which look like wall clocks strapped onto a wrist. So, I guess that both you and your wife can wear this watch without any doubts about how it'll look. I've got 4 watches sized 33-34mm, and from my experiences as a habitual wearer of these, I can tell you, that if such a watch attracts attention, the chance it'll be negative is really, really small- and as a matter of fact, I mention the mere possibility of such an event pro forma ​only, for never did it happen to me.
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    Watches aren't investments unless you have a recent inventory of collectable Rolex, Breiting and Heuer that the sheep are flocking to...Longines are collectable too and it's a nice looking original example ( from Pics.) The cosmetics tell the story and that's the allure of vintage!!! A new crystal is a must (or polish) and then service movement and leave as is...Yes it's a great sentimental investment....much more than monetary...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    I think that questions like the OP's should get answers supported with a little bit more arguments than none.

    TradeKraft, patina is always a benefit, and this watch has it just perfect! The dial is in a really nice condition, all it'll take is a new crystal, strap, and movement service- and re-fitting the minute hand, but of course. In terms of money, selling it after the repairs wouldn't really bring much of a profit- I mean, it would bring some, but not nearly enough to be noticeable.
    As to the case- chrome-plated cases tend to show signs of use and wear, but if the pictures give justice to the condition of the case, then it's not that bad, I think.
    All in all, if you wish to have the watch repaired in order to wear it and at the same time save it for generations to come, I would advise to do it- definitely. The watch is small...by today's standards! If it's a 33mm, know that it was a normal size for a men's watch, and it was so until late 1980s. It is only the last two-three decades that gave us these 45mm monstrous chunks of steel, which look like wall clocks strapped onto a wrist. So, I guess that both you and your wife can wear this watch without any doubts about how it'll look. I've got 4 watches sized 33-34mm, and from my experiences as a habitual wearer of these, I can tell you, that if such a watch attracts attention, the chance it'll be negative is really, really small- and as a matter of fact, I mention the mere possibility of such an event pro forma ​only, for never did it happen to me.
    I really appreciate your response, and those from the others, I'll have to frequent this board more often.

    The case and dial is in pretty decent condition overall and tells a great story, I like the idea of leaving it as is.

    I have a well reviewed watch-smith in my area that I think I'll take it to. Our anniversary is coming up and it'll be a nice gift(though like you said I might borrow it on an occasion).

    When it's completed I'll be sure to post some pictures. I really appreciate all your feedback and suggestions.
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