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Rick67
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Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 05:30 pm:   

Hello,
I have an heirloom wristwatch, and would like to find out as much about it as possible. It is a vintage Longines Admiral 5 Star Automatic. Stamped on the inside of the case:
Longines Grand Prize Automatic
Cal 342
Serial # 12823172
17 Jewels
Swiss
I would greatly appreciate, and am hopeful you can provide me with its manufacture date , how many made of its kind, and any other info. you may have.
Would you have any idea as to how much it could actually be sold for?
Thank you. Longines Admiral 5 Star Automatic
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Rick67
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Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 05:57 pm:   

Additional Information:
The bracelet is 14k gold
The case says 10k gold filled.
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Gatorcpa
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Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 10:38 pm:   

With respect to the year of production, I think your movement was made in 1965. You can use this website for more assistance:

http://www.vintagewatchresources.com/year_identifier.php

As the band is a different metal than the watch case, I believe that it is aftermarket and not produced by Longines. A jeweler should be able to give you the melt value of the band.

I'll leave the appraisal of the watch to experts like Zaf.

Longines is very prompt in responding to requests regarding its vintage watches. Use the form at this site to contact them:

http://www.longines.com/contact/contact-form

Be sure to select "Museum" from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Hope this helps,
gatorcpa
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Rick67
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Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 09:17 pm:   

Thanks for the info & comments on my watch Gatorcpa!

I now await to hear from Zaf regarding how much he feels it may be worth in todays market.

Rick
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Zaf
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Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 09:10 am:   

Is the band a Longines one?
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Zaf
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Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 09:12 am:   

If the band is not Longines, it is worth scrap, in 14k, probably around $600-700. You would need to weigh it. The head of the watch, as a gold filled watch (not gold) is probably worth around $200-250.
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Rick67
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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:00 pm:   

Hi Zaf,

I do not know for sure if the band is an original Longines. Do you know of a way I could find out? I mean, if an old catalogue existed, I suppose it would be easy just to look it up, but at this point, I'm not sure how to go about it.

Longines (Switzerland) has provided me with the following about my watch:

"We have pleasure in giving you below the information we found in our old, hand-written production register regarding your LONGINES watch.
It was invoiced to Messrs Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co, who were for many years our agents for the USA and the Canada, on 12.08.1965."

They did not comment on the band, despite the detailed pictures I sent them.
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Rick67
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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:02 pm:   

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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:07 pm:   

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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:12 pm:   

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Zaf
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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:29 pm:   

It isn't a Longines bracelet, it would have been stampoed Longines and/or with the Longines logo.
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Rick67
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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 06:45 pm:   

Hi Zaf,

I would like to thank both you and Gatorcpa
very much for your expertise regarding my watch.

Your time, effort, information, and appraisal have been a great help to me.

I consider myself quite fortunate to have come across 'Finer Times.com'!
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Zaf
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Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 09:28 am:   

Actually the dial on your watch looks really nice, maybe the head is a $300-325 type thing in that case.
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Rick67
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 03:53 pm:   

Even better.

Thanks again Zaf!
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Cat
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Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 04:47 pm:   

My uncle left me same watch! It disappered! I am looking to replace. If your watch is for sale let me know how much! Del 251-752-4120 Thanks1
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Cat
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Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 04:00 pm:   

I received text yesterday and do not know how to use new phone so erased message along with your number, please call me again 251-752-4120 and leave a message if I don't answer. Thank you

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