Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?
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    Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?

    These will be available at an estate sale. I want to avoid buying them if they are redials. Any red flags there? The Hamilton is difficult to se at that angle. Estimates on years of production?

    The Longines dial is a bit of a mystery to me. I only see one hand. I saw another example online, so it must have been a factory model (versus altered).

    I will ask for caseback photos.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Re: Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?

    The Longines is called a mystery dial watch (were you making a joke?) ... you can google it for more info (the marker on the inner part of the dial indicates the hour). At first glance, nothing terrible is jumping out at me about the Wittnauer and Longines, but obviously the photos aren't really good enough to be sure. The Hamilton does look funny to me; I feel like the logo is off center and the subdial printing looks odd. But again, it could definitely be distortion in the photo.
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    Re: Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?

    The Hamilton might be a redial

    It is ether a 1948-1950 Langdon CLD if it is gold filled

    Or a 1949-1950ish Lang CLD if it is solid gold

    Vintage Hamilton Watch Restoration: 1948 Langdon (and 1949 Lange)

    Both look the same.

    However from the look of it, the watch is missing the crown. It is a large 2 piece crown that you pull out and remove the movement from the front (hence the CLD (Sealed) wording)

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    Re: Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?

    Thanks Dan and journeyforce. I will check these out. I am inclined to avoid the Hamilton based on the missing crown alone. Could be challenging to find one. I like the Longines mystery dial (Dan, I was not joking. I had never heard of or seen this model before, hence, why I called it a mystery to me.) Lol!
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    Re: Longines, Wittnauer and Hamilton - Redials?

    Hamilton crown is not the problem. It's the two part stem which is discontinued. I had a gold one for a couple of years and couldn't find the stem,, so sold it to someone else.

    Longines. I had that model and dial is the same as on mine.

    If you buy any. I would just go for the Longines model

    Has to be from around 1961. I also had my fathers watch which I know was purchased at that time

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