LONGINES, Switzerland. Case No 4447376

£ 395.00

Lovely early wristwatch by this most important Swiss manufacturer.

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Silver double back jointed case with snap-on bezel, and with stylish pivoted lugs, import hallmarked London 1925, sponsor's mark AB (Alfred Baume). Calibre 12.92 15 jewel gilded movement. Straight line detached lever escapement with steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Enamel dial in perfect condition, with skeleton numerals and matching skeleton hands, originally filled with radium. 32 mm diameter.

Longines, St Imier, Swizerland, one of the most venerable Swiss companies and one of the best manufacturers of stylish and well made wristwatches at this period, many being supplied for marketing in the UK. Longines have a long association with Alfred Baume & Company who were their main importers into England. See also the Louis Baume Collection held at the British Horological Institute.

NB: Smaller sized wristwatches around 30 mm were the norm at this period, as well as many early wristwatches being worn by both men and women. Those advertised solely for women's wear tended to be 26 mm diameter or less.

In good original condition, showing just a few signs of wear, the rear of the case with initials P.W.B.A. Fitted with a new/old stock one-piece tan pigskin strap - a classical combination of the period and ideal for anyone who likes the earlier style of wristwatch with a thin, 12 mm, strap or who, like me, has a smaller wrist. Winding and working OK but not cleaned by me and priced accordingly. Servicing can be arranged if wanted, usually costing around £150 plus parts.