Classic and preowned luxurious is prospering like by no means earlier than. So far as the watch trade is anxious, the second-hand market is booming as classic watch gathering is extra common than ever and has emerged as a mark of connoisseurship… Initially restricted to public sale homes, pawnbrokers and some watch sellers, the second-hand luxurious watch market has reworked dramatically over the previous few years. It has professionalized and attracted strategic buyers. A number of manufacturers have lately entered this market too. Longines is the newest to launch its Licensed Pre-Owned (CPO) program with its “Collector’s Nook” introduced on the event of the opening of the model’s new Boutique Rue du Rhône in Geneva. And right here, we’ll be speaking about superbly restored classic watches.
Most watch manufacturers which have developed CPO packages to date are largely tapping the high-end luxurious phase. Nevertheless, Longines stands out with its capacity to supply actually attention-grabbing fashions given the model’s exceptionally wealthy heritage, at a (relatively-speaking) very reasonably priced value. The primary watches chosen retail at costs ranging between CHF 2,500 and CHF 12,500, which appears particularly reasonable given the standard of the watches and the work carried out. The concept can be to supply watches with pricing that may be comparatively coherent with that of the present Longines collections so don’t count on (no less than for now) to seek out one of many sought-after 13ZN chronographs that may typically be hammered at over CHF 100,000 at auctions.
All “second-hand” watches provided for gross sales within the Longines Collector’s Nook had been initially manufactured over 30 years in the past and are all fitted with in-house actions – we’re thus speaking extra about classic watches than traditional pre-owned fashions. These watches have been sourced, restored and licensed by the Longines heritage atelier and include a two-year guarantee on the work carried out. That is made potential as Longines has saved an essential inventory of authentic elements and has internally the capability to finally restore or reproduce components.
We have now chosen a number of items among the many first watches provided within the Longines Collector’s nook that can will let you make up your personal thoughts.
Longines Flyback Chronograph 30CH (1965)
Positively one of many highlights of the Collector’s Nook choice of watches, this good-looking 1965 hand-wound flyback chronograph is introduced in a 38mm spherical case with mushroom pushers. Its silvered dial options two well-proportioned registers along with a blue tachymeter scale and a pink telemeter scale. Launched in 1947, the 30CH motion is the successor of the legendary calibre 13ZN. This 29.80mm hand-wound column-wheel flyback chronograph runs at 18.000vph.
Fast info: Reference 7413 – 38mm metal case – Hesalite glass – silvered sunray-brushed dial with utilized gold faceted baton indexes – hand-wound flyback chronograph calibre 30CH – CHF 12,250
Longines Pilot’s Watch Majetek (1938)
The so-called Longines Majetek are massive pilot’s wristwatches that the model manufactured for the Czech Navy Pilots. These had been often engraved with the caption “Majetek Vojenské Spravy” which suggests “property of the military.” The metal, 40mm cushion-shape case contains a rotating fluted bezel with radium index for setting a predetermined time. A 24mm massive leather-based strap is hooked up to distinctive lugs. The dial is black enamel and the cathedral arms are full of radium.
Fast info: Reference 3582 – 40mm metal case – black enamel dial, cathedral arms full of luminescent radium – hand-wound calibre 15.94 with bi-metallic steadiness – CHF 6.150
Longines Flagship in rose gold (1958)
This elegant costume watch is introduced in a 35mm 18k rose gold case with a sublime skinny profile (8.5mm) and a domed Hesalite glass. The fashionable dial combines utilized indexes and numerals, along with the utilized Longines signature and brand. It’s powered by the hand-wound calibre 30L.
Fast info: Reference 6827 – 35mm 18k rose gold case, Hesalite glass – silvered brass dial with utilized gold baton indexes and Arabic numerals, rose gold dauphine hour and minute arms and subsidiary second – hand-wound calibre 30L – CHF 3,895
Longines Tremendous Water-Resistant Diver Flyback Chronograph (1969)
This quirky chronograph is introduced in a 43mm x 41mm cushion-shaped case that was designed to resist a 200m water stress. This flyback chronograph is provided with a seconds hand that includes a “Vernier” sort graduated scale at its finish enabling readings to the closest tenth of a second. The motion is the Longines 30CH (see above for extra data).
Fast info: Reference 8225 – 43mm metal case, mineral glass – Matt black dial with luminous sq. indexes, indication of hours, minutes and chronograph features with a yellow Vernier scale which permits studying 1/tenth of a second – hand-wound calibre 30CH – CHF 6,990
Longines Rectangular Artwork Deco wristwatch (1937)
This elegant Artwork Deco-inspired watch was manufactured in 1937. It’s introduced in a metal rectangular case with dimensions of 19mm x 29 mm. The motion is a formed calibre (26.00mm x 17.80 mm), the hand-wound Longines 25.173.
Fast info: Reference 3804 – 19mmx29mm metal case, mineral glass – black brass dial with Arabic numerals, minutes monitor and white Longines signature – hand-wound calibre 25.173 – CHF 3,250
The Longines Collector’s Nook watches can be found within the new Longines Boutique, 40 Rue du Rhône in Geneva. The watches are additionally introduced on-line however can solely be bought by way of the boutique. For extra data, please go to www.longines.com