Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?
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    Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    This watch belonged to someone dear to me who has passed on. May he rest in peace. I had his watch tucked away and just remembered it today. I laughed a little because he has a Speidel stretchy band on it. There are no markings on the back except a personal inscription and "remove bezel to use 1260 wrench" and "stainless steel 10k goldfilled cap." There are five stars above the word "Admiral" in script on the dial. I cannot find a model or serial number. I know it was a gift to him in 1971 (inscription). The crystal is scratched up terribly but the watch works. The day of the week is supposed to be on the aperture left of the date but it's worn off. No idea how you could wear that off under the crystal. Anyway, here's a picture. I would get a new crystal and leather strap and be happy to wear it myself. Is it worth it? Opinions? I welcome any info. Thanks!
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    In my honest opinion, every watch of sentimental value is worth restoring. If the crystal is only scratched, not broken, maybe you can repair it with some Polywatch, though a new crystal should be easily available and not costly at all.
    As much as it can be argued, whether the Speidel bracelet fits the 70s looks of the watch or not, I absolutely agree a leather strap would be a good idea.
    As to how the inscriptions on the day wheel could wear out... There can be a number of factors I can think of, which could have (but not necessarily did) affect the paint. Long exposures to sunlight, maybe in combination with humidity and high temperatures...
    If you want to know more about the watch, you'd have to take the caseback off, find the calibre number on the movement (a serial number should be there as well), and do a research based on that- or you can just simply e-mail the Longines heritage watches department once you find the serial number. They're usually helpful.
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    Re: Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    In my honest opinion, every watch of sentimental value is worth restoring. If the crystal is only scratched, not broken, maybe you can repair it with some Polywatch, though a new crystal should be easily available and not costly at all.
    As much as it can be argued, whether the Speidel bracelet fits the 70s looks of the watch or not, I absolutely agree a leather strap would be a good idea.
    As to how the inscriptions on the day wheel could wear out... There can be a number of factors I can think of, which could have (but not necessarily did) affect the paint. Long exposures to sunlight, maybe in combination with humidity and high temperatures...
    If you want to know more about the watch, you'd have to take the caseback off, find the calibre number on the movement (a serial number should be there as well), and do a research based on that- or you can just simply e-mail the Longines heritage watches department once you find the serial number. They're usually helpful.
    Thank you. I will definitely email Longines. Thanks for explaining how the "day" could wear off. The young man who owned it sailed and was a water skier. I think this watch is waterproof and he probably wore it. I really appreciate your taking the time to answer me.
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    Re: Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    absolutely is a vintage gold Longines Admiral worth restoring. Take it to a watchmaker familiar with vintage service. It is one of the more desirable Longines models collected. good luck
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    Re: Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    "remove bezel to use 1260 wrench" often means that you must remove the bezel then the crystal to get at the movement so don't try to remove the back unless you are sure it comes off. Sometimes it's both but be sure first. If the back is gold I'd bet it won't come off but if it's stailess steel it will.
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    Re: Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaBaeker View Post
    absolutely is a vintage gold Longines Admiral worth restoring. Take it to a watchmaker familiar with vintage service. It is one of the more desirable Longines models collected. good luck
    Thank you! I will definitely look into getting it restored. If for no other reason than I would like to wear it myself. I appreciate the info.
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    Re: Vintage beat up Longines Automatic - is it worth servicing?

    +1...I would find a good watchmaker and have it serviced.
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