A fabulous Longines 14 carat solid gold mid-size gentleman’s watch manufactured 70 years ago in 1949. It is a gorgeous unusual design that I have not come across before. This watch is in superb overall condition. You will not be disappointed if you buy it. Longines, in my opinion, produced some of the most attractive watches in the world, turning items of utility into stunning pieces of jewellery. The design of this watch is one of the most elegant and beautiful I have seen from Longines (and I have collected a large number). It has gorgeous over sized lugs which gives this watch real attitude on the wrist. The freshly oiled and adjusted movement is running strongly and keeping time. A top quality Hadley Roma leather strap has just been fitted and the crystal was replaced recently so this watch is ready to wear and enjoy. It is triple signed, on the dial, case and movement. Do please look carefully at the dimensions of the watch and bear in mind that gents watches from this period were made much smaller than today. Therefore this watch will be suitable for a lady looking for a larger watch from the early 1940's, absolutely oozing with retro appeal and elegance.
Case: 14 carat solid gold in amazing condition, measuring approximately 29 mm across, excluding the crown and 39 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the rear cover is signed Longines and also hallmarked as 14K gold, as is the outside. There are the expected very light marks on the case inevitable from responsible and probably infrequent use but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Dial: two tone satin silver , signed "Longines" and bearing the famous winged emblem. Applied gold coloured arrow batons and black Arabic numerals mark the hours. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.
Movement: Longines cal. 23Z movement with 17 jewels set in solid gold casings, one of the most robust and reliable movements ever made by Longines and used in its watches for some 30 years. It is running strongly and keeping time. The serial number dates the watch to 1949.
Strap: fitted with a new old stock Hadley Roma black leather crocodile strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 206 mm from buckle tip to last hole.