Longines (Swiss Watch Makers)
Longines are a watchmakers based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.
Brief history and background
Longines is a company owned by the SWATCH group and was founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz. It has a revenue of 70.3 million EUR and employs 340 people (figures from 2009). The company has a long and credible history in the field of luxury watches and amongst it's achievements can boast the use of its timers in 1892 in the first Olympics. Longines can be recognised by their logo; a flying hourglass which celebrated it's 170th year in 2002
Longines watchmakers have attracted acclaim worldwide and in 1969 were the producers of the first cybernetic quartz electronic wristwatch, designed on on-site research facilities.
Information for collectors
Longines is a popular choice for watch collectors as it's wide range of products make it accessible to high-end collectors and those with a more modest budget. In 1967 alone, 15 million watches were sold. There is also scope for specialised collections with a range of products being produced in addition to the standard wristwatches such as pocket chronometers and sports watches.
One of the rarest and most sought after collectors items is the Lindbergh Hour Angle, designed by Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Lindbergh used the knowledge and experience he had gained from his solo flight across the Atlantic to design a watch which would prove useful in the navigation of transatlantic flights by using high frequency quartz regulators.
Other rarities for collectors to look out for are Flagships and Conquests. These are high performance sports watches, initially introduced in the 1950s and still being produced today with vintage watches being particularly prized.
- An 18k Gold wristwatch, with single button chronograph and enamel dial. Movement and case no: 5'016'549 and circa. 1930. Sold by Christie's of New York in December, 2011 for $5,000.
- Also in December, 2011 an Art Deco wristwatch set with platinum and diamonds. Sold by Doyle New York for $4,480.
- A gentleman's wristwatch, circa. 1935; platinum and set with diamonds. Satine face and with 15 jewels. Sold by Rago of New York, in December 2011 for $1,860.
- Military wristwatch, stainless steel with Movement No: 6'948'112 and Case Nos. F5238, 23'088 and 1514. Circa. 1945. Sold by Christie's of New York in December, 2011 for $2,750.
- An aviator's wristwatch, circa. 1942; stainless steel and with a 47mm diameter. Outer enamel chapter ring and Roman numerals. Sold by Sotheby's of New York in December, 2011 for $17,500.
- Military diver's wristwatch, oversized and made for the Royal Navy. Movement No: 6'625'400 and from 1943. Sold in December, 2011 by Christies of New York for $8,750.
- An oversize Lindbergh model wristwatch, Circa 1935 and with Movement No: 54'422'750. Sold by Christies of New York in December, 2011 for $18,750.
- Automatic Aviator's wristwatch 'Hour Angle'. An outer enamel ring with Roman numerals and inner ring calibrated for 180 degree with Arabic numerals. It was sold by Christies of London in November, 2011 for £1,750. (Approx. $2,758)
- An open face silver chronograph wristwatch, made in 1928 and manufactured by Cuervo y Sobrinos. Movement No: 4'476'566. Was sold in November, 2011 by Christies of Geneva for 2,500CHF. (Approx. $2,785)
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