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Vintage Longines 10K Gold Filled Wrist Watch Circa 1948

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In the early 1800'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 1832, Auguste Agassiz began selling etablissage-produced watches under the name "Agassiz & Compagnie" and was particularly successful selling those watches in North America.

In the 1850'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 1900's the Longines factory employed over 1000 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 1880. The Winged Hourglass logo first appeared on Longines watches in about 1867.

Longines - Wittnauer

The A. Wittnauer Co. became the exclusive sales agent for Longines in 1880, starting a relationship that would last for 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer Co. was sold by the Wittnauer family and renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so linked in the minds of the public that most assume that Longines and Wittnauer watches are the same. In fact, they produced distinctly different movements, though both are of similar excellent quality.
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Vintage Longines Men's Wristwatch Approx 1948. Square With Fancy Lugs. 17 Jewel mechanical wind up movement. Serial Number 7746330. Movement marked LONGINES WATCH SWISS, 17 JEWELS. 10K Gold Filled Case Serial Number A32051.. Case shows light normal wear with few minor scratches. Case interior marked LONGINES-WHITTNAUER WATCH INC. NEW YORK, GENEVA, MONTREAL. Crystal shows Normal Wear with some small surface scratches. Gold plating shows some wear on one lug. White Dial with golden hands, numbers and markers. Face shows normal wear with some minor discoloration and could use cleaning. Brown leather band. Case is 1" x 1". 1 1/4 tall to lugs. This is a great looking watch and is running and keeping time. Watch has been serviced to good running condition otherwise left in original condition. Ready to wear.

Vintage Longines 10K Gold Filled Wrist Watch Circa 1948

Antique Watch Showing Normal Wear For Age. Serviced and is keeping time. A Great Looking Watch. Ready to Wear. 
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