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.
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 week – on the tab at the top of the page – shows another of my vintage watches.
Next up – an affordable AstroAvia chronograph – with Nato?