Longines celebrated its 185th anniversary last year. Not only the venerable age of the company and the technical achievements of its engineers are impressive, but also the fully preserved documentation of all the watches produced within the walls of the factory over the years. Some of the archives are exhibited in the museum space in Saint-Imier. From the books we learn that the first watches were sold to Russia in 1878, i.e. exactly 140 years ago. An unknown customer purchased a Hunter pocket chronometer in a round silver case.
Chronometer Hunter © press service
Unlike most pocket watches, the crown of this model is not located at the top, at the 12 o'clock position, but is shifted to “3 o'clock”. Otherwise, it is well-recognized Longines style with thin, elongated Roman numerals on a pure white enamel dial without a logo.
Factory, 1950 © press service
Since then, elegant Longines watch models have not left Russia, where they are appreciated and loved. In honor of the round date, Longines presents a special steel model of the Record chronometer, produced in a limited edition of 140 pieces. The movement with silicon balance spring has been awarded the prestigious COSC precision certificate.
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The transparent sapphire glass case back bears the commemorative Longines 140 years in Russia, 1878–2018 logo. The watch can be purchased for 130 thousand rubles exclusively in Russia.>