A stunning and highly collectible Longines 14 carat solid gold gentleman’s watch dating to 1959 in great original un-restored condition. Longines, in my opinion, produced some of the most attractive watches in the world, turning items of utility into stunning pieces of jewellery to delight the eye. During 30 years as a watch collector buying well over 1000 Longines watches, I have never seen this design. The case has asymmetric lugs and the factory original dial has a two tone finish. The movement is running and keeping time. The watch is triple signed, on the dial, case and movement.
Case: 14 carat solid gold in great condition with asymmetric lugs and measuring approximately 32 mm across, excluding the crown and 40 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the rear cover is signed "Longines" and also hallmarked as 14K gold. There are the expected marks on the case inevitable from responsible and probably infrequent use over nearly 60 years but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Dial: factory original, finished in two satin silver and signed "Longines Swiss" together with the famous winged emblem. Hours are marked by applied gold coloured batons and Arabic numerals. A subsidiary seconds dial with cross hairs is located just above 6 o'clock. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial is showing very light patina but in amazing condition for a watch of this age.
Movement: Longines cal. 23Z manual movement with 17 jewels set in solid gold casings, running strongly and keeping time. The serial number dates the watch to 1959.
Strap: fitted with a generic brown leather lizard grain strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole