Vintage Longines Marine Nationale

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Vintage Longines Marine Nationale

Post by koimaster » March 16th 2020, 8:57am


Longine watch made for the French Navy. The US Navy had a similar version made for themselves as well. Images are from the web.

Marine Nationale

Vintage Longines Marine Nationale French Navy, Ref. 5774

Movement: Manual Wind, Longines 1268N
Case Metal: Steel
Case Size (mm): 33
Watch Shape: Round
Dial Color: Silver
Lume: Radium
Bracelet Material: Leather
Bracelet Color: Black
Bracelet Length (inches): 7.5
Clasp: Buckle

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Longines is a luxury watch company based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, it is owned by the Swatch Group. Its winged hourglass logo is the oldest registered trademark for a watchmaker. Longines is known for its "Aviators" range of watches. A company director was a friend of Charles Lindbergh; after his transatlantic flight, Lindbergh designed a pilot watch to help with air navigation. Built to his specifications, it is still produced today. Longines provided timers used at the first modern Olympics in 1896. In 1899, a Longines watch went to the North Pole with Arctic explorer Luigi Amedeo of Savoy. It was the first to use automatic timekeeping for the Federal Gymnastics at Basel in 1912


These watches were high quality at the time of production as would be expected of a military issued piece and had the the famed Longines manual wind 17 jewel 12.68N modified movement with sweeping second hand, modified shock and a 40 hour power reserve. They were stainless steel, had ‘unbreakable’ glass and waterproof with a screw down case back.


It was issued to the officers of the Marine Nationale, and as such bears the MN engraving, as well as an issuance number on the caseback. The Fab. Suisse mention on the dial is consistent with a delivery to the French authorities, which were particularly interested in the water-resistant case, the luminous dial, and the reliable 12.68N manual-wound caliber.


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