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    Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Can anyone help me figure out an approximate year or decade for this Longines Admiral 5 Star Watch? It belonged to my grandfather and he passed away in 1982. I'm sure it's plenty older than that. I've been looking online for a watch like it but haven't found one yet. I'm guessing it is gold plated. Any information would be great. Thanks in advance !
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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Hi
    Sorry your loss
    If you write to Longines with serial number and brief description, they can tell you its complete provenance
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    gives us the movement serial number and we can date it
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Hi
    Sorry your loss
    If you write to Longines with serial number and brief description, they can tell you its complete provenance
    OR
    gives us the movement serial number and we can date it
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    Thanks for the info. I'm going to figure out how to get the back off so I can get that information.

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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by thawk5571 View Post
    Thanks for the info. I'm going to figure out how to get the back off so I can get that information.
    Pleasure, you may need a jeweler to do that
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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Pleasure, you may need a jeweler to do that
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    Thanks, I'm looking one up now.

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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by thawk5571 View Post
    Thanks, I'm looking one up now.
    Cool, take a camera to take photos of movement and inside case
    PS your watch 'may' be gold
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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    I agree, it certainly has that "auric aura" about it!
    There is a possibility that this is a "through the front" model.
    It looks like the bezel comes off, and then the crystal will be held in place with a compression ring.
    Don't use an ordinary High street jeweler, they can barely change a battery in most cases.
    Look for a watchmaker/repairman.

    Please don't try to open it yourself, you might ruin the case.

    Good luck, Bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Cool, take a camera to take photos of movement and inside case
    PS your watch 'may' be gold
    That would be a plus if it was gold HOROLOGIST007. I will post details later.

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    Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Yes, that looks to be a front-load American case. Longines watches sold in the USA were cased here to avoid import duties, particularly if it's a gold case. But American cases would have their gold content (usually 14K) on the back. Swiss cases are often hallmarked inside the case, so maybe it's not an import case.

    Longines cannot always identify USA-sold watches very specifically. Their records just show lots that were sold to Wittnauer, movements and dials.

    This has the look of mid-70's to me. The earlier watches were in thinner cases.

    Looks to me like a caliber 636, which I think is the only day-date movement Longines used up through the 70's. But it is an ETA 2836 base.

    Rick "guessing in the absence of movement and inside case pics" Denney
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    Re: Looking For Any Information On This Vintage Longines Watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rdenney View Post
    Yes, that looks to be a front-load American case. Longines watches sold in the USA were cased here to avoid import duties, particularly if it's a gold case. But American cases would have their gold content (usually 14K) on the back. Swiss cases are often hallmarked inside the case, so maybe it's not an import case.

    Longines cannot always identify USA-sold watches very specifically. Their records just show lots that were sold to Wittnauer, movements and dials.

    This has the look of mid-70's to me. The earlier watches were in thinner cases.

    Looks to me like a caliber 696, which I think is the only day-date movement Longines used up through the 70's. But it is an ETA 2836 base.

    Rick "guessing in the absence of movement and inside case pics" Denney
    Thanks for the info Rick, Much obliged.

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