• We would like to welcome Arterton as an official Affiliate Vendor. Arterton, based in the UK, specializes in fine accessories such as garment bags, umbrellas, and shoe care, as well as fine shoes and boots from Yearn Footwear Please visit their thread and give them a warm welcome.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Vintage Watch Thread (Pre-1990's watches only)

Mark from Plano

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Apr 11, 2007
Messages
10,971
Reaction score
1,153
View attachment 1732681
Longines from the roaring twenties. Seriously considering buying this even though I am not a watch guy. Seller wants approx 320 USD, what do you guys think?
For me it would come down to how much you trust the seller vis-a-vis the condition of the movement. I think the watch looks fantastic in the picture, but replacing antique watch parts can get expensive. I’ve made enough mistakes buying pieces of crap watches that I couldn’t wear long. I don’t need to do it anymore.JMHO
 

ter1413

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Dec 3, 2009
Messages
19,443
Reaction score
4,552
View attachment 1732681
Longines from the roaring twenties. Seriously considering buying this even though I am not a watch guy. Seller wants approx 320 USD, what do you guys think?


I am not crazy about it.
(The price doesn't bother me.)
 

Zerase

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2016
Messages
1,135
Reaction score
2,681
For me it would come down to how much you trust the seller vis-a-vis the condition of the movement. I think the watch looks fantastic in the picture, but replacing antique watch parts can get expensive. I’ve made enough mistakes buying pieces of crap watches that I couldn’t wear long. I don’t need to do it anymore.JMHO
It is from Alexander Marchesan's vintage shop in Stockholm, Sweden. I know he knows his thing about all things clothing but not sure about watches. He estimated it being from the 1920's but wasn't sure. He did not tell me about the dials being repainted, so I guess he lacks knowledge in this particular field. He really seems like a decent guy that just loves all things vintage. He winds up the watches every day and told me that it works just fine.
 

cchen

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2006
Messages
3,352
Reaction score
1,164
Can you get a picture of the movement? With the serial number, Longines can you tell exactly when the watch was invoiced and to which country and importer.

With an original dial $320 would be cheap. With this dial, it's unfortunately not worth that at all. If you like it and the price works for you, that's all that really matters.
 

Zerase

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2016
Messages
1,135
Reaction score
2,681
Can you get a picture of the movement? With the serial number, Longines can you tell exactly when the watch was invoiced and to which country and importer.

With an original dial $320 would be cheap. With this dial, it's unfortunately not worth that at all. If you like it and the price works for you, that's all that really matters.
Sadly this is the only picture I took when I visited Stockholm. I guess I could ask him for more pictures. I really don't need it, but I thought it looked pretty good on my wrist...
 

Huntsman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2004
Messages
7,841
Reaction score
913
So this is a dumb question, but: For vintage manual wind watches, how do you wind them? Some people have told me back and forth, some people have said CW when looking at the crown. My Baltics are CW when looking at the crown. But old Valjoux and ETA movements? Longines? Dunno.

Thanks,
Huntsman
 

mebiuspower

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2013
Messages
577
Reaction score
616
So this is a dumb question, but: For vintage manual wind watches, how do you wind them? Some people have told me back and forth, some people have said CW when looking at the crown. My Baltics are CW when looking at the crown. But old Valjoux and ETA movements? Longines? Dunno.

Thanks,
Huntsman
Going back and forth is not going to hurt a manual watch movement designed for manual wind.
 

Huntsman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2004
Messages
7,841
Reaction score
913
Thanks, all. I think I will stick with CW. Madhat, that is a sweet IWC, but isn't "clockwise, back and forth" non-sequitur? That is, back and forth implies clockwise and counterclockwise movements?

Anyway, and old Longines today. The motion of the blued second hand is really lovely.

DSC_8499 (2).JPG
 

madhat

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Jan 17, 2017
Messages
13,639
Reaction score
44,619
Thanks, all. I think I will stick with CW. Madhat, that is a sweet IWC, but isn't "clockwise, back and forth" non-sequitur? That is, back and forth implies clockwise and counterclockwise movements?

Anyway, and old Longines today. The motion of the blued second hand is really lovely.

View attachment 1733903
(I managed to leave off the “not” portion of the back and forth)
 

Huntsman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2004
Messages
7,841
Reaction score
913
(I managed to leave off the “not” portion of the back and forth)
Hahaha, that makes complete sense. I was quite confused.
 

Featured Sponsor

Friday Challenge "Suited and Booted" VOTE NOW

  • An Acute Style

    Votes: 17 30.9%
  • Bernoulli

    Votes: 16 29.1%
  • Brennenman

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • cr2596

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • Crafty Cumbrian

    Votes: 7 12.7%
  • Dapper Philly

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • Flying Monkey

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • PSB

    Votes: 15 27.3%
  • Roscoe the best 1

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Roscoe the best 2

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • Roscoe the best 3

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Thin White Duke

    Votes: 5 9.1%
  • Upr_crust 1

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Upr_crust 2

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • VegasRebel

    Votes: 1 1.8%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
469,581
Messages
10,050,315
Members
211,809
Latest member
skippypack
Top