A 9 carat solid gold Longines Flagship gentlemans' vintage automatic calendar watch, manufactured for the European market and in excellent overall condition. It was manufactured 53 years ago in 1966. The case and dial look great and the freshly oiled and adjusted automatic movement is running perfectly and keeping time with the calendar function operating correctly. Flagship models are rarely seen and the 9 carat model is rarer still. And it bears the highly desirable Flagship emblem on the rear case cover so this collectible watch will be of interest to collectors as well as someone looking for a stunning vintage watch to wear. The watch houses the cal. 343 automatic movement with an offset ratchet mechanism designed to operate more efficiently. The watch is signed on the case, dial and movement.
Dial: signed "Longines Flagship Automatic Swiss Made" and bearing the famous winged emblem. The dial is finished in satin silver with hours marked by applied gold coloured coloured batons and Arabic numerals. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.
Case: 9 carat solid gold in very good condition indeed. It measures approximately 42 mm from lug to lug and 35 mm across, excluding the crown. The case is signed "Longines Flagship" on the inside and hallmarked as 9 carat solid gold. The outside of the case shows the Longines Flagship in sharp relief, a clear indication that this watch has not been worn regularly. The case shows the inevitable light signs of careful use over the years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Movement: crisp and clean Longines cal. 343 automatic movement with 17 jewels, freshly oiled and adjusted, running perfectly and keeping time, The serial number, dates the watch to 1966. If you look at the photograph of the movement you will see that the rotor is slightly off centre. This, together with a sophisticated ratchet mechanism is designed to make the rotor more sensitive to movement.
Strap: fitted with a generic brown leather strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 210 mm from buckle tip to the last hole.