These high beat mechanisms were the crowning achievement of mechanical watches. The end of the line - so to speak. They are a marvel to hear ticking; quite unlike low beat mechanisms. Because they are so susceptible to dust and dirt, they come in a one-piece, top-loading case. As such, they use molydisulphide lubricant to keep them going. This helps them from getting gummed up. If you haven't had one of these, do yourself a favor and get ahold of one. Unlike quartz mechanisms, these have a heartbeat!
The 100% original silver brushed enamel finish dial is in flawless condition – untouched since it left the Longines factory. It features, applied gold hour markers, original gold metal Dauphine-style hands, semi-quickset gold framed date windows at the 3 position and `sweep' gold center seconds hand. The date can be set advancing quickly by moving hands past midnight and backing hands to 11:30 and past midnight until you reach desired date. Signed LONGINES below the 12 and ULTRA-CHRON with Ultra-Chron logo in applied gold above. It is further signed SWISS at the base of the dial, below the edge of the crystal so hard to see.
The crystal is the original hardened acrylic and is in excellent condition. The one-piece case is 10kt Natural Yellow Gold Filled and in excellent PLUS shape, a natural yellow gold color
Turning the watch over, the back of the case is in excellent condition, stamped Use 1260 Wrench and also 10k Gold Filled on the opposite edge. Being a one-piece case you access the mechanism by removing the crystal and then the dial/movement. The movement is signed Longines Watch Co., Swiss [Grade] 431 – 17 Seventeen Jewels The inside of the case original factory spun concentric circles texture and is stamped LONGINES
This watch has been fully serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It comes fitted with a NOS black leather, 18mm wide bracelet and the ORGINAL gift box
Founded by Ernest Francillon and Auguste Agassiz in the year 1832, the Longines Watch Co. of Switzerland was established in the "Long Meadows" (translated: Longines) near the town of St. Imier. Winner of countless horology awards, their wristwatches are among the best in the world, on par with the "big boys" of the Swiss watch making profession including its chief rival Omega
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