Longines Presidential watch

Another of my vintage watches this time – the 1949 Longines President Fillmore 11 in a solid hallmarked 14ct gold case with lovely curled and fluted lugs.

Model President Fillmore 11

It has a satin silver finish dial with the hours marked with gold coloured batons and the Arabic number 12.  The  subsidiary seconds recessed dial can be seen @ 6 o’clock and the lovely elegant gold hands are in superb condition.
The case is 39 mm from lug to lug and 26 mm across excluding the crown and the watch is triple signed, dial, case and movement.

The watch has the  Longines cal. 23Z movement with 17 jewels set in solid gold casings runs perfectly and keeps remarkably good time.
The movement serial number  dates the watch to 1949.  Note that the 23Z together with the 9L are two of the most rugged and reliable movements  made by Longines and used in their watches from the 1940’s until the 1950’s. This particular watch was marketed in 1950 so this 1949 stock movement was fitted early in that year.

I’m really delighted with this one and it’s complimented by a fine quality lizard leather grain strap and the watch is just great to wear for that special occasion.

A very elegant and unusual timepiece of the Art Deco period and as the watch dimensions are quite generous for the period it looks just great on the wrist.  It also generates a fair bit of interest wherever I go and I just love it.

Check out Watch of the weekon the tab at the top of the page – shows another of my vintage watches.

Next up – an affordable AstroAvia chronograph – with Nato?


A bracelet, Junkers and Nato

Isn’t it funny how some watches lend themselves to bracelets and others to straps and often you are never sure which is best until you come to own them.

Never more true than one of my favourite watches – the Junkers G38 Titanium Alarm model (6296M-5) – This is a superb looking chronograph with an excellent 4 jewel Swiss ETA G10.791 Quartz movement (which in the case of this particular model is exceptionally accurate) – (for information – this watch takes the Renata 394 battery).
Alarm function, date window, very good luminescent hands and markers and a nice flat clear mineral crystal – all in a solid Titanium case, 42mm diameter and 11mm depth and with in this instance when I bought it – a solid link Titanium matching bracelet.

Ti Junkers & matching solid link bracelet

Now whilst it is a great looking watch and it was sold with either a leather strap OR a Titanium bracelet. I thought value for money the bracelet won hands down.

BUT – actually there was another option, not offered but which in fact put the whole combo into a different league – and that was the Nato strap.

Junkers in full Nato

Wow!  Absolutely looks the business!  And in my opinion what a transformation.  From a rather smart chronograph to a military fighting machine!

The choice of colour here for the super Nato strap was picked to compliment the wonderful grey dial of this Junkers, so much more classy than the ubiquitous black faced divers, chronos and the like.  This has that “something” to set it apart from the crowd and I just love it.

Junkers in Nat

Here I decided to use my little new Lumix T7 compact camera – hand held and it shows up pretty well the quality of this watch.  I liked it so much I decided to take another picture ………….

Junkers & Nato showing Alarm set button

Pleased with this one as it does show that contrary to common opinion a Titanium cased watch (in this case solid Ti) and without any protective coatings and suchlike – doesn’t have to scratch and look as if its’ been chucked in a drawer full of nails for a year, and it can look as good as it was the day I bought it a couple of years ago.

I wear it quite often too – in fact for the last 2 weeks it’s been my daily beater with the Nato strap fitted and it does get a few looks too, from all sorts of folks.

But just like a car, certain models suit a certain colour.  The very same with watches – some like leather, some like bracelets – but this baby LOVES NATO – and so do I.

Just on the subject of scratches and so on.  It never fails to amaze me how many watches I see second hand, pre-owned, whatever, that are in terrible scratched condition.  Cases almost wrecked, the crystals a maze of scratches so bad they’re opaque sometimes and all too often there’s even a hand missing – missing! I ask you!

I do have to wonder just what these owners DO with their watches and their wrists for that matter!  Makes me wonder too what their car or their house is like – LOL.

NOTE – ETA G10.791 Movement instructions –

ETA G10.791 instructions