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  1. osterman Jul 25, 2023

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    Hi everybody.
    I have inherited a dual-tone Longines ref. 4179, with the well-known 12.68z movement, which, according to Longines (and I would like to thank them a lot) has been shipped on 4th March 1939 to the Italian agent Ostersetzer.
    It was in quite poor conditions, but after a cleaning of the dial, a service and a new crystal, I think it is now satisfactory.
    Here's the "before" and "after".
    Hope you like it. 20230514_232511.jpg 20230725_192435.jpg
     
  2. arturo7 Jul 25, 2023

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    Love it.
     
  3. jantjewgm Jul 25, 2023

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    Nice watch. What is the diameter?
     
  4. BlueHands Jul 26, 2023

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    Nice watch but what happened with the small second hand? On the first photo it looks like it was original but on the after view it is replaced.
     
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  5. osterman Jul 26, 2023

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    You're right. I noticed it when I came home and today I went to the watchmaker asking him to put back the old hands. I hope he'll succeed! I'll keep you informed
     
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  6. osterman Jul 26, 2023

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    35 mm
     
  7. Deafboy His Holiness Puer Surdus Jul 26, 2023

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    The minute hand looks different too.
    I'm surprised to see the watchmaker did not clean the case.
     
    Edited Aug 6, 2023
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  8. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jul 26, 2023

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    The watchmaker should have consulted you before swapping hands. It’s possible that the hands were bad.
     
  9. theluckyluke Aug 6, 2023

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    It looks nice!
    I notice the 6 is also gone. Out of curiosity, what’s the process for cleaning up a dial this age?
     
  10. osterman Aug 6, 2023

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    I understand they use a sort of rubber.
     
  11. myk11 Aug 7, 2023

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    Nice watch !!!
     
  12. osterman Sep 6, 2023

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    UPDATE
    After some discussion with the watchmaker, the hands have been replaced with correct ones.
    He said the old ones were damaged.
    Here's the actual resul.
    20230906_125256.jpg
     
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  13. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Sep 6, 2023

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    Thanks for the update.

    Given that this is your watch, what matters is that you are happy with the result. As a vintage Longines collector, I much prefer the watch in its pre-intervention state. All three hands appeared to be correct, though it is difficult to assess the minute hand as the tip is not clearly visible. Further, the dial retained its 6 o'clock hour marker. For reference, the current handset does not look correct, to me. The feuille-style hour and minute hands look too thin, and the second hand appears oversized.
     
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  14. osterman Sep 6, 2023

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    Unfortunately I think you are right...
    At least now it runs very well...
     
  15. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Sep 6, 2023

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    It is certainly nice to have the movement running well.
     
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  16. BlueHands Sep 7, 2023

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    Thanks also for your update. What a pity that it went a bit wrong like that. But it looks not bad, you can live with it and maybe there is another solution one day.
     
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  17. LesXL Sep 11, 2023

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    Very nice watch indeed... glad you are enjoying it. As some said, I too would have preferred it in its original state

    Now your watch looks very familiar
    PXL_20230911_101438817.MP.jpg
     
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  18. osterman Sep 11, 2023

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    Very nice! Definetely much better than mine!
    Same refernce? Mine is ref. 4179.
     
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  19. LesXL Sep 20, 2023

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    Thanks.
    Mine is ref 23518 from 1947
    Similar sold here on OF