Longines Pocket Watch 1891


The Longines brand started in 1866 but the company had existed since 1832. It has mostly during it’s history been synonymous with quality timepieces but it has had it’s downs. This watch represents one of it’s downs.  Lightly jeweled, only 10 I think, and a primitive balance that was inferior to even the common Walthams and Elgins of the period. It gets worse; It’s fat, bulky and rather ugly. 

Why do I have it?  Because it’s Sterling Silver, it’s a pocket watch from 1891 and a Longines ……..good enough for my collection. 

Also, I think it’s the only watch I have with the fingernail button to adjust the hands.


About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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