I recently inherited a 14K Longines pocket watch from my Grandfather. He was a pilot in the US Navy, and served in WWI and the Korean War. I have tried to do a little research on the watch, but I am hopeful to gain more info ration. Here are some of the characteristics of the watch:
The back case is engraved with two women tending to a horse, with some children surrounding them. On the bottom there is an engraving that says: A. Wittnaher
Stamped on the inside of the case is #1,871,370 which I believe to date the watch between 1905 - 1907.
On the top of the gears the same number appears.
It is stamped 14k along with a rabbit stamp which I believe confirms it is made of 14 karat gold and from Switzerland.
On the back cover next to the gears it is stamped: AW in a circle.
Deep inside the gears there is a stamp which reads: +NO22107
Another stamp on the gears either reads: EAST or FAST
The final "factory" engraving that I can find is on the gears and says:
3 ADJ. 17 Jewels
Longines W. Co. Swiss
As this watch has family heritage attached to it I am very interested in finding out any further information that someone might be able to offer. I have no idea of the monetary value of the watch, but that is really secondary to the family value that it holds.
Two main questions that I have are:
-I am unable to find the winged stamp that I have seen on many Longines watches. Did they produce watches without there trademark stamp?
-The stamp on the inside of the gears,
+NO22107 dates the watch (according to some websites) around 1870, while the other serial number on the gears, 1,871,370 dates the watch around 1905.
This watch has really peeked my interest in pocket watches, and any additional information that someone might have would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Thank you for the help! I have contacted Longines and hope to hear from them. I have also attached a new photo of the gears.
Thanks again for all the feedback. I was able to take a couple additional photos with some better detail......
This is the number behind the gears that might be the patient number?????
A better picture of the case.
A better picture of the gears.
Thanks again, I am finding this investigation to be fascinating!