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A gorgeous Longines 14 carat solid gold Art Deco gentlemans' vintage manual watch dating to 1953, in great original unrestored condition. Longines excelled in the 1940's and 50's at producing small production runs of unusual and beautiful designs. This is one of them, seldom seen. Just look at the gorgeous case with its elegant curled lugs. This iwatch s an item of utility turned into a beautiful piece of jewellery. It is signed, on the dial, case and movement. Art Deco Longines watches are now becoming hard to find. I was able regularly to find good examples a few years ago but not so now. They must have disappeared into private collections. Do not miss the opportunity to buy this fabulous vintage watch.
Dial: factory original, finished in satin silver and signed "Longines Swiss" together with the famous Longines winged emblem. Hours are marked by gold coloured batons and an Arabic number 12. The Dauphin hands are in good shape and a subsidiary seconds dial with cross hairs is located just above the 6 o'clock position. The crystal is clean and clear with light scratches.
Case:: 14 carat solid gold in very good condition. The inside and outside of the case are marked "14K Gold" and the inside is signed "Longines". The case measures approximately 40 mm from lug to lug and 23 mm across, excluding the crown. There are the inevitable signs of careful use over the years but absolutely no evidence abuse or any blemishes of significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Movement: Longines signed calibre 9LT movement has 17 jewels set in solid gold casings. It runs strongly with a good action and keeps time. The movement serial number dates the watch to 1953. The 9L power unit is probably Longines most famous and reliable mechanism, used in their watches for some 50 years, from the 1930's through to the 1960's.
Strap: fitted with a new old stock "Gilden" black genuine crocodile calf strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 203 mm from buckle tip to last hole.