Longines The brand's oldest watch
Longines has discovered, thanks to one of its faithful collectors, a real treasure of its past, the Longines 183 watch manufactured in 1867.
Through its museum, the preservation of its archives and the know-how of its watchmakers, or by growing its historical collections, Longines honors its rich past, a source of inspiration to this day. It is in this spirit of tradition and preservation of its heritage that the brand seeks to find traces of its oldest pieces.
Longines has recently discovered, thanks to the research of one of its collectors, the oldest Longines watch known to date. Its owner, an American collector of Japanese descent, went to the headquarters of the brand to authenticate his piece. Thanks to its small serial number - 183 - and to the indications inscribed in the archives registers, preciously preserved, the brand’s historians and watchmakers can attest that this pocket watch was manufactured in 1867, the year the Longines factory was created to replace the original counter founded in 1832.
Housing a mechanical wind-up movement, this “savonnette” type silver pocket watch is characteristic of the pieces created by Longines at that time. Emblem of the brand since the very beginning, a winged hourglass is engraved on its movement and inside its cover. An engraving showing two blank crests and a floral motif adorn its cover. This piece, the condition and proper functioning of which impresses specialists, is a major discovery for the Swiss watch brand.
Based in St. Imier since 1832, Longines has a long tradition in watchmaking, characterised by the elegance of its watches. Using expertise gained as the company has evolved, Longines has gradually forged ties with the world of sport, where it demonstrates its excellence in precision timekeeping. Today, Longines is the oldest brand still in business, unchanged, in the international registers held by the World Intellectual Property Organization...Find out more >
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