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I recently purchased my first Longines, a Longines waffle dial 10k gold filled automatic, 34mm, 40mm lug to lug, 12.5mm thick, 18mm strap size with an in-house 19AS automatic movement. I wrote to Longines and they gave me the following information:

"Originally, the serial number 10'471'624 identifies a Longines mechanical self-winding movement, caliber 19AS. It was invoiced on 16 July 1958 to the company Longines Wittnauer Watch Co., INC., which was at that time our agent for the USA. The other parts of the watch were produced locally under license from Longines. Unfortunately, since the relevant archives are not in our possession, we are unable to provide any further information on your model."

If anyone has any further information or thoughts about my "new" vintage watch, I'd love to hear them, as well as learn more about Longines during this time period. I also posted this in the Longines forum, but I think they focus on newer models. Thank you in advance!

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Congrats, it looks like a very nice pick-up. The dial is particularly interesting, the radium is all present and intact, and it looks like you might even have the original crown. The low karat gold filled case suggests an entry level piece in the Longines catalog, but it's very stylish, and it has luckily been well cared for. Many gold-filled cases from that era exhibit a lot of wear.

I think that the archival information from Longines pretty much says it all. Some watches were shipped as complete watches, for example the same movement would have been found in many Conquest watches of the era. But others were assembled locally, presumably to save on import duties. The inside of the case-back explains the entire complex network of companies involved.
 
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