This Longines I bought on the 'bay has me confused . I hope someone can help.
So what I have here is a Longines RGP watch with a 12-24 inner (red) dial and red mark at 12/24. It also hacks.
It was advertised as 1953 - which using online dating guides from the web is right. Once I got the watch in my hand, and after looking around for a while, the only one I could find was:
So that looks OK, 1948-49 is not so far from 1953, I guess the other one's hands are not original as it has also had a refinished dial. It does seem to be some sort of pilot? watch (with hack) - certainly the dials on both these examples are similar to some of the weems I have seen - but with no rotating bezel etc.
The problem is this was the reply from Longines (amazing response, less than 12hrs I was very impressed with them )Ok, so why would a 'steel cased' wristwatch be immediately re-cased in the US? Surely they just imported the movements for thatThank you for your e-mail as well for your interest in LONGINES watches.
We have pleasure in giving you below the information we found in our old, hand-written production register regarding your LONGINES watch
#serial number 9’041’838 wristwatch in steel with leather band
It has a movement caliber 12.68ZS (12L is USA reference)
It was invoiced to Messrs Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co in New-York who were for many years our agents for the USA on 28.05.1954.
We hope this information is convenient to you, we remain on your disposal and send you our best
Is is possible that this movement was a replacement and the watch is a little older? I have no idea - but it is clear that the watch has not run for a very very long time, there are radium burns on the dial and the movement is well gummed up (but in almost unworn condition - it really is a amazing quality movement). So if a replacement, it would have been a very long time ago. The case has no brassing so it probably lived in a draw for most of its years. Apart from the information from Longines, I would have said the watch was 100% original and had never been messed with. My curiosity has been piqued.
Does anyone have any old adverts/catalogues with this watch style in it? As I really do wonder what it was for, as it wasn't your ordinary 'dress' Longines of the time from what models I have seen. http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=2...page&q&f=false
Note: seller's pics, because he is a better photographer than me, and they are 100% faithful to the watch.