Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

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    Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    I just got this vintage Longines (scroll down) today from eBay PowerSeller "cushioncase" (John), who is probably the premier seller of restored vintage watches on eBay.

    This extra-long solid gold Longines was made the year invaded Poland (ha-ha...look what appeared when I typed Adolph's last name!). The serial number on the movement dates it to 1939. The case is a "streamliner," which was popular in the late 1930s as aviation played a larger role in Western culture, and streamlined airplanes showed their influence in other designs, including watches.

    Although Bogie did not have an endorsement contract with Longines during his lifetime (1899-1957), he did ink one later:




    Perhaps my Longines is the watch he wore in this photo...he looks about 40 here (well...almost):



    This is a Longines print ad from 1938:



    Here is the Longines I picked up at the Post Office today (Saturday). I've been looking for a Longines just like this one for a long time.






























    Sorry...I got a little self-indulgent with the photos! Mea culpa. :oops:
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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    Beautiful watch and thanks for posting it Tom.

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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    Took a wrist shot this morning...

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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    It really is a beautiful watch. And thanks for the other pics too!
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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    Just like Bogey - although he'd probably have a white shirt.

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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    A great design! Timeless elegance!

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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Just like Bogey - although he'd probably have a white shirt.
    Too bad he died so young...he had a LOT to live for (and her name was "Bacall")!





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    Re: Photo essay...1939 Longines solid 14K gold 'streamliner'

    Thanks for sharing and for the pictures of "Betty", she was a stunner in her youth. Like many men of his era Bogie was done in by his nicotine addiction.

    Also need to get a pro-American dig in, Longines made many great watches in those days and was competitive with Omega, but the finish on the movement was not up to a contemporary Hamilton which was more like one of today's expensive Swiss watches.

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