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Vintage Longines Wristwatches
Longines Watch Company: History, Serial Numbers, Production Dates
In the early 's Swiss watchmaking was truly a cottage-industry. Watches were produced using the "etablissage" method, where individual tradesman working out of small studios or their homes would produce parts or sub-assemblies which were then assembled and sold under the auspices of a single brand. In the 's, Agassiz passed control of his company to his nephew, Ernest Francillon. Francillon wanted to modernize the production of watches and believed that bringing all the final assembly and finish operations together into one factory would be a more efficient method of production. To accomplish this, Francillon built a factory on a piece of land known as "Les Longines" and the Longines brand was born. This method of production proved to be very successful, and by the early 's the Longines factory employed over people and had achieved worldwide distrubution and success with its products. The Longines "Winged Hourglass" actually a winged clepsydra for those who care about such things is the oldest registered trademark for a watch company, having been registered in
Longines Year Identifier
Full Name: required. Email: required. The quality in this item is second to none and its movement the equal of anything that was served up by Rolex, Jaeger LeCoultre, IWC or any of the other prestigious Swiss houses from the same era, yet it can be acquired for a tiny sum of money. Without doubt more than vintage watches by any other brand, those by Longines are painfully undervalued in the marketplace and there has to be a sharp upward correction for examples like this one sooner rather than later.
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