This is a nice watch, one that I would have been happy to wear anytime from it’s conception in 1977 to the present day. But I haven’t had it that long, about 18months in fact. And when I bought it, it was not in good condition; no crown, not going, stained dial and scratched. Nothing that couldn’t be fixed.
So, fix it I did. But it did prove more costly than expected. The movement needed two new train wheels (unexpected), the crown was expensive, the glass had to be cut, but, on the positive side, the case polished up beautifully and the dial cleaned up nicely as well.
In 1977 Longines were developing quartz technology and had made some innovations in that direction, but, being a conservative high grade Swiss manufacturer, they did not abandon their image and here was a perfect example of non compromising quality.
It has a nice contemporary shape, very plain, no date or second hand allowing it to be very thin. The L847.4 in house movement is only 2.5mm thick! This movement is beautifully finished with a micro regulator. The wheels seem a little light and therefore doesn’t have the robust look of counterparts like Certina or Zenith but it is, after all, a dress watch.
It sits beautifully on the wrist, signed three times, very thin, simple and just plain beautiful. More than good enough for my collection.