Humphrey Bogart and Harry Connick Jr. Audrey Hepburn and Kate Winslet. And Albert Einstein.
What do these celebrities from different decades in American history have in common? They all were brand ambassadors for the Longines watch company. The Swiss based Longines is one of the world's premier luxury watchmakers, its reputation for excellence in timekeeping built up since its founding in 1832.
Here's a chance to join that rarefied field, via our 1940s-1950s Longines ladies wristwatch.
This watch has an Art Deco-style square case and a skinny mesh cord band. It is 10-karat white gold filled. And, wonder of wonders, it still runs!
Tried to find an exact match, I found a couple of similar ones, one from the 1940s and another from the 1950s. Gauging from the estate it came from, this is probably a 1940s watch.
It's very dainty, or feminine-looking. The square case is only 1/2" x 1/2", with a round face within. The "12" and "6" are marked, and the rest of the minutes are marked by silvertone bars. Has silvertone long and short hands. The crown is also silvertone.
The case has Deco-style lugs for the mesh cord strap. The watch has a foldover clasp closure.
Though slim looking, it will actually fit wrists up to 6 3/4".
The face is marked "Longines" and "Swiss". The case's base is marked "10K gold filled". The foldover clasp is also marked, "JB Hampton" and "1/40 10K"; not sure whether this means the strap has been replaced (it sure looks original).
This Longines still runs, we've tested it a few times, after we acquired it, while photographing, and now, while listing.
In overall good condition. This watch was well-loved and used, and the case and face show scuffs. It probably can use a bit of service and cleaning by a professional watch repair/service man. The rest of the parts — the cord, the clasp — are still in good shape. I see tiny loops on the clasp where a safety chain might have been. I don't think it's noticeable, but a safety chain can probably be added, if you wish.
Longines 1940s-1950s Ladies Wristwatch, 10K-Gold Filled, Still Runs
USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box
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