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Who made this watch?

New postby L48X55 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:46 am

Guys I've looked everywhere except under the dial and it has no name. Can anybody help me with the maker of this watch?
The Funny thing about this watch is you can set the time by Key or Pin and you can wind by Key or Stem.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby veritas » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:45 am

I was thinking Longines.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby John Moane » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:09 am

Hi, Kevin is correct it is an early Longines Movement and many that I have had had Longines on the movement and I have one that has Made by Longines for Benson Watch Co.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby L48X55 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:53 pm

Thanks a lot guys. Is it unusual to have the dual winding and dual setting mechanism? I've never seen any watch that had this feature. One more thing do you think I might find a name under the dial?
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby John Moane » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:54 pm

Many of the early Longines movement has this dual system as they where also used in key wind pocket watches.There is also a very good chance that you will find LONGINES on the edge of the dial plate and also the serial number. Let us know what`s there.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby L48X55 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:53 pm

Well I took it out of the case and took the dial off. No name but I did find a serial number under the dial. I guess we'll never know for sure who made it. Thanks for everyone's assistance.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby brownsrplm » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:56 pm

Dan,
I am fairly certain that if John thinks it's a Longines, you can take that to the bank!!
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby L48X55 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:05 am

Oh I'm not doubting his word about it being a Longines watch. I meant we'll never actual have proof of it's origin because of the name not being on it. Now if I can just find it a good home as I don't collect anything like this.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby John Moane » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:10 am

Daniel, If you have the serial number and look on this site for the longines serial number and it will give you the date when it was made. http://www.pocketwatchrepair.com/histories/longines.php
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby L48X55 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:56 pm

Thanks John. According to this serial number list mine 46,782 was made in about 1872 or '73.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby Glyn Meredith » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:31 am

Go with John on this one. It's one of those 'at a glance' things and I would say the same. Longines.
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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby Peter Blunsdon » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:41 pm

I have just received the Longines book by Linder and it lists and depicts all calibers from 1832 to 2009.
I took a look to see if I could find anything similar and I couldn't.
However in 1872 Longines were experimenting with Key/stem winding, (and other aspects)
Other pointers against Longines: the balance cock is labeled Slow/Fast and is poorly struck. Also the lack of other marking is not typical of Longines.
It could be a prototype?
You could ask Ms Bochud at Longines (Longines company archivist) if they have a record for your serial number.
(jennifer.bochud@longines.com)
If she confirms the caliber I can look it up.

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Re: Who made this watch?

New postby 4brokenow » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:33 pm

For that early of a serial number did Longines have any caliber that used that style escape lever bridge under the balance? Maybe its a close relative Agassiz?
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