watch repair antique longines Longines Watch Company was started in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz. Agassiz opened a workshop in St Imier, Switzerland. He operated what today would be called a "Home Business". Workers would work on watches out of thier own homes, whigh Agassiz would later sell.
watch repairs antique longines Sometime between the years of 1854 and 1866 Agassiz handed down over the operation of the watchmaking business to his nephew Ernest Francillon. Realizing the lack of consistant quality coming from the manufacture of watches in so many locations, Francillon soon built a factory in Les Longines near St. Imier and consolidated all of the areas watchmaking under one roof. The Longines name was born.
antique watch repair longinesThe company began producing chronographs in 1879. They later produced aviator watches and cockpit instruments. The company registered its "Winged Hourglass" trademark in May of 1890. In 1912 the company produced the first automatic timekeeping device. From that day Longines has long been associated with time-keeping at major sporting events.
longines watch repairs antiqueIn the 1950's Longines purchased the Wittnauer watch company and marketed a number of very similar lines of watches in the US under both brand names. In this authors opinion, Longines Wittnauer is one of the finest watches a collector can find. The classic designs are fantastic. The accuracy and reliability is amazing, and the parts are readily available. One of my favorites.
antique watch repair longines Is there a definition for vintage wrist watches? We tend to think of vintage watches as 1960's and earlier. Moreover, vintage wrist watches have a "look" and "feel". They are a piece of history, and they have served someone else for years. Vintage watches represent the company that made them and it's history. Vintage wrist watches also represent years of faithful service to someone who wore it every day. This is what attracts collectors to the world of vintage watches.
longines antique watch repairs In 1926 the next generation of Rolex was born, the 'Rolex Oyster'. Wilsdorf came up with the name during the design of the watch. He was hosting a dinner party and having a particularly hard time getting into an oyster. He made a comment to his guests that he hoped his new design of watch would prove to be as resilient as the mollusk. The name was born. This was a watch that would be totally watertight whilst still continuing to offer precision. The Oyster was put through it's paces on 7 October 1927 when Mercedes Gleitze, an English typist swam the channel wearing an 'Oyster'. She emerged from her fifteen hour ordeal with the watch functioning perfectly (much to the amazement of the public). On 24 November 1927, Wilsdorf spent 40000 Francs on a title page advert for the Daily Mail newspaper, making the 'Oyster' famous overnight. The watches were displayed prominently in jewelers shop windows, inside a fish tank totally submersed in water; a powerful image that would make the Rolex brand name unforgettable.
uk watch repairs antique longines Rolex Watch Company was founded by Hans Wilsdorf. Wilsdorf was was born on March 22, 1881 in Kulmbach, Franconia (Germany). Wilsdorf's parents died in 1893 and was placed in a boarding school by his uncle.
longines watch repair antique All watches being serviced are completely dismantled, cleaned, inspected, reassembled, lubricated and tested. Repairs may require the same process or not depending on the fault. Parts where required, are sourced from the watch manufacturer or their agents. Cases and bracelets are ultrasonically cleaned. Chris is an experienced professional, now retired and working from home. This enables him to offer a service at very competitive prices.