Longines Dress 1977

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.


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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2 Responses to Longines Dress 1977

  1. Nicolas mendoza says:

    Temgo una puesa longines dress l847 de acero inoxidable, creo es de dama, quisiera saber su precio actual en el mercado.- Gracias

    • robswatches says:

      Relojes con el l847 movimiento eran en su mayoría de hombres, pero ahora los hombres llevan los relojes más grandes. Aunque es difícil determinar cual es el valor, una fotografía puede ayudarme. Si se conserva en muy buen estado, pueden tener un valor de $300. Usted puede obtener alguna información si busca en ebay. Buena suerte

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