My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

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    My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Well, it was faster than I thought. It took 5 days from the USA to Portugal.
    And here he is: my new 1951 Longines. I love it, just find it a little bit to small for my wrist.
    So far it keeps time perfectly.
    Can you identify the model?
    Regarding that it's my first mechanical watch, I've some questions:
    - Should I take to service?
    - How can I store it when I'm not using it?
    - What's the best way to wind it? Everyday at the same time?

    Thanks for your help.

    P.S.: Sorry for the bad pictures but I only have a camera phone now... I don't have any picture of the movement because I was to scare to open it. You can see the sellers' picture here
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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    - Should I take to service?

    You should have it serviced immediately. It's possible the watch hasn't been serviced in years. Continuing to wear the watch could damage the movement.

    - How can I store it when I'm not using it?

    I would purchase a small watch case. Depending on how many watches you have and plan to purchase. You can also store the watches in a drawer in your dresser. I have several watches stored in my top dresser drawer with a cloth underneath to protect them from scratches.

    - What's the best way to wind it? Everyday at the same time?

    Yes, try to wind it at the same time everyday. This is the easiest way to get in the habit of winding your watch.

    Don't worry vintage watches maybe smaller than you are use to, but they will grow on you everyday. I love the smaller size of watches from yesteryear.

    It's a great looking watch and seems to be in decent condition. Enjoy it for many years to come!
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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Thanks for your quick answer, Emannuelgoldstein. I'll take to service...
    Can I ask you if you know a way to give the dial some TLC? Just to clean it a little bit...

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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Lovely watch! Congratulations!

    My watchmaker cleans the dial as part of the service. I think he dunks it into the ultrasonic cleaning machine, like the other parts. The entire watch comes out looking immaculate. Cost is approx $125. I think your Longines will turn out beautifully after a full service.

    Good luck!

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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Quote Originally Posted by tintasuja View Post
    Can you identify the model?
    Have a look through here to see if you can find it: Vintage Watches - Collect...Identify...Discuss

    Quote Originally Posted by tintasuja View Post
    Should I take to service?
    Don't even wind it again until you have it serviced.

    Quote Originally Posted by tintasuja View Post
    How can I store it when I'm not using it?
    Find a nice box for it. It's best if you keep watches out of direct sunlight and away from moisture.

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    What's the best way to wind it? Everyday at the same time?
    You can let it run down if you aren't going to wear it. Just make sure you wind it once ever few months if it sits for a long time.

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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Putting a wristwatch dial through an ultrasonic will usually damage or destroy it (the dial, I mean); there isn't a lot of difference between dried up oil and paint, to an ultrasonic. You can do that with enamel dials, for short bursts, to clean out hairlines.

    For wristwatch dials, there were many different ways of making them, and cleaning methods that work for one type will destroy others (and vice versa). I usually find that "rolling" a lint-free "swab" dipped in vinegar over them works, but always test on a non-visible edge first, if possible.
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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    Thanks a lot for the link, Ulackfocus.
    After having a look at it, I'll say that it's a Longines Calhoun, with production year 1950 and it used to cost $71.50 then. Interesting...
    I already winded it. I hope it didn't do any harm...

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    Re: My new Longines is here! Give me your opinions...

    AbslomRob, thanks for the correction. I don't how my watchmaker cleans dials. I took a guess it was ultrasonic. I do know my watches come back with sparkling dials and "clean as a whistle."

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