Longines Grand Prize Automatic 1967

  Longines Auto

The Longines Grand Prize automatic from 1967, stainless steel, conservative style with very plain dial features one of the most unique designs in automatic movements with a huge gear, the diameter of the movement, driving the winding mechanism. It looks quite impressive and the finish on the movement is of a very high standard (typical Longines) but the technology never progressed passed this model indicating that it possessed no advantage over conventional automatic systems. 

This watch features a one-piece case, which is no case back.  The movement is removed through the glass and there are only two leakage points for foreign matter; the glass and the crown. 

It’s an ordinary looking watch but thanks to its pedigree, I’m pleased to have it

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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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4 Responses to Longines Grand Prize Automatic 1967

  1. Peter says:

    Hi Rob,

    I’m looking to buy exactly the same watch. Can I ask what you think it is worth? I have been offered one at £275 but being something of a novice in this world I’m looking for some guidance from those better qualified than I!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Peter

    • robswatches says:

      Hello Peter,
      Been absent, sorry, and unable to reply until now..
      Of course, it depends on the condition, if it’s immaculate and original then the price is very good.
      Make sure the crown is original (with the winged hourglass on it).
      It can be forgiven for not having an original strap but it would be a bonus if the buckle was signed.
      Don’t worry if the case and or glass is scratched, they can be easily polished.
      Try to determine whether or not it needs a service’ If it does, it could cost you around A$150 at a reputable watchmaker and several times more at an official Longines agent (not recommended)
      If the one you are looking at is the same as mine, then the winding stem arangement can be an issue. Pull the crown out into the hand set posistion but excert a little extra force. If the crown comes off then don’t worry, it’s not brocken but the split stem system is worn. It can easily be lined up and pushed back into place. But it is a problem that will get worse and parts for this watch are extremely hard to get, at least in my part of the world.
      Hope this has been of help, if so, it’s my pleasure.
      Cheers
      Rob

  2. juan says:

    ami me venden uno sin corona ni vara es dificil de encontrarla para e so lo compor o no saludos

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