Longines Cal.12.68 Z 1945
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
A Very Well Cared For and Completely Original Example
Original, Unrestored and Untouched Brown Dial & ‘Syringe’ Hands
High Grade Longines Cal.12.68 Z, Automatic Movement in Top Condition
Stainless Steel Case with Wonderful Striaght Lugs, 34mm Excluding the Crown
High Quality Dark Brown Leather Strap With Steel Buckle
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included
VWC 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VWC Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
Longines is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers with an unparalleled history of invention, innovation, patents and awards. The company is also responsible for some of the most beautiful watches ever made. For a long time, something of a Cinderella among the watch collecting fraternity, Longines is now rightfully returning to the elevated status they once held in the pre and post-war years. It is only relatively recently that Longines vintage watches have returned to the admiration and popularity they deserve, with values rising between 15 and 20% per year. Certain models, however, such as the now legendary Longines Calibre 13ZN chronograph have sky-rocketed.
An amazing original dial, turned a wonderful aubergine green dial, matched with the original blued steel syringe hands. Here we have a superb, original early example of a wonderful Longines from 1945. The stainless steel case is of sturdy construction, with a screw-down case-back. Housed inside, is the Longines Swiss Made Cal.12.68 Z 17 jewel hand wound movement, fully serviced and guaranteed. Overall this is a beautiful watch with much history behind it and entirely unique on the wrist today.
An original fine condition military dial is a thing of beauty and to find one with this much character is wonderful. This cream dial has seen a lot of sun and as a result has taken on an iridescent aubergine green. It is largely even save for a little flaking of the lacquer around the numerals. It is furnished with Arabic, 2, 4, 8 and 12 numerals and triangle indices, as well as blued-steel syringe hands, which still bear their original lume. At 6 is a textured sub-seconds dial, still in fantastic crisp condition. A black minutes track frames the arrangement, which is nearly signed ‘Longines’ at 12.
This dial is completely original, unrestored and untouched.
This is a very tidy stainless-steel Longines military-style case, measuring 34mm. It features sweeping curved lugs with sharp, unpolished edges and the case, overall, maintains an original, untouched appearance and finish. The 3 piece case has a press-fit and a screw-down case-back, which is engraved with the numbers 23189 and 67. The case-back interior is simply engraved ‘Longines’ and ‘Stainless-Steel’.
The watch carries its original Longines Cal.12.68Z, hand-wound movement which carries all the purity and charm typical of a top-class 1950s Swiss watch movement. This is one of the classic manually wound movements of its day, with 17 jewels, a running rate of 18,000 half beats per hour and a power reserve of 41 hours. It has every contemporary refinement, including a bi-metallic balance and an Incabloc shock protection, which was still a relatively recent introduction in early 1950.
The quality of the movement is exceptional and fair to say this is a better-finished movement than any equivalent watch offered by Rolex or Omega at the time. Unlike its two famous competitors, which simply fitted jewels into drilled holes in the bridges, Longines adopted the system of screwed chatons, by which every jewel is held in its own threaded brass sleeve, which is then in turn screwed into the plates. This is a lovely refinement that one hardly ever sees below the top tier and must have added significantly to the cost of production when new. The fact that vintage Longines watches are still so affordable today is hugely fortunate when we actually look at them closely and see how beautifully well made they are.
As can be seen, the movement is in absolutely tip-top condition following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Longines specialist watchmaker. This means the movement has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using only original Longines parts where required, then carefully calibrated and tested. Upon return, this watch is now running to within +9 seconds per day which is absolutely outstanding for any vintage watch of this age. When fully wound, this movement also has a 41-hour power reserve.
These movements are very accurate and very reliable, making it completely practical and appropriate for regular everyday use. Our watchmaker has indicated this particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing every 2 to 3 years, we would fully expect this watch to run very happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore very pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement* and servicing in the future, as required. ‘Longines’ is signed on the bridge, together with the movements serial number 7032369, dating this watch to 1945. Found beneath the balance wheel is the calibre number 12.68Z. All this detail has been painstakingly filled in with 9-carat gold in order to increase its legibility against the background. These points, though minor in themselves, elevate Longines movements of the time, to something which is a cut above the rest.
As always, our standard advice applies: Vintage Watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a dark brown leather strap, which we feel suits the watch perfectly, and a matching stianless steel buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to offer your alternative choice, free of charge.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings and signatures are all correct and indicate the date of manufacture to 1945.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
A high quality hardwood presentation is included in the sale.
This is a first class example of a highly collectable and highly practical vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! This will make an excellent evening wear dress watch as well as a practical highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis.
Vintage Longines watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong. This watch will make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece and even though vintage Omega prices have risen markedly recently, we feel fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability will become more limited so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!
We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note, we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call us on 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
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