WatchUSeek Watch Forums banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,849 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Well, Eeeb pointed me in the direction of Genna the Russian Watchmaker who, being in Hilliard, is ten miles (as the moose flies) from where I live. I took a '60s Waltham and a '30s Elgin to him for repair and as one might expect, he asked if I was interested in vintage watches. I said "Yup" and he said he bought watchmakers' estates on the side... and then proceeded to start pulling watches out of drawers. I damn near started crying. Here's what I ended up walking away with: A Longines hand winder with a calibre 12L movement. The serial number dates it to 1943. Everything is original except the crown (which is close to being of the correct size and design of the original). Genna said it had sat in a watchmakers drawer for close to 70 years, and I believe him. The case may or may not have been polished, but it is completely unmarked. The dial is just starting to show patina. It's been deadly accurate for the four days I've had it. I told Genna to have his vintages ready for me when the Waltham and Elgin were ready, because I was gonna be ready to deal.

DSCN2873.JPG DSCN2878.JPG lp-1.JPG
 
  • Like
Reactions: Marrick

·
Registered
Joined
·
331 Posts
I am afraid your Longines' dial is far from being original. It doesn't even sit straight.
This is how the original dial for this model looks like.

1403_LON_12L.JPG
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,166 Posts
I just picked up a Waltam Vangard from Genna today (broken balance staff). He has never shown me his 'pickups' (he does a lot of estate buys). That rat!! LOL

He is a great watchmaker. But he is not a collector... He has a very utilitarian view of watches.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,849 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I am afraid your Longines' dial is far from being original. It doesn't even sit straight.
This is how the original dial for this model looks like.

View attachment 1127587
Did some research and yup, you're right. Can't say it bugs me all that much... it cost next to nothing and the calibre 12L is amazingly accurate. Maybe I'll get the re-dial re-dialed.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top