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  1. kamak Aug 11, 2014

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    Here is my modest collection

    1956 SS Conquest with Caliber 19AS

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    1964 SS Admiral 5 stars with Cal 342

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    And finally a modern Conquest Heritage

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  2. ulackfocus Aug 11, 2014

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    Common among Muppet Pianists too. :p
     
  3. fingerpost Aug 30, 2014

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    Last of the line one of my 990 series 9942 copy.jpg 994mov. copy.jpg
     
  4. Fritz genuflects before the mighty quartzophobe Aug 31, 2014

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    Grandad bought this in Winnipeg in 1905, the year he arrived in Canada from Sweden....

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  5. fingerpost Aug 31, 2014

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    My other 990, according to Dr Ranfft these were the best automatic movements ever made? $(KGrHqZ,!rYFEqL8L(m,BRiN6FJ4Rg~~60_3 copy.JPG $T2eC16h,!)0E9s37Ie,2BRiN6MF,7g~~60_3 copy.JPG
     
  6. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 1, 2014

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    I am quite certain that Dr Ranfft does not believe that. While a good, and quite thin automatic movement, they were not close to being the "best ever".
     
  7. fingerpost Sep 1, 2014

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    I did read that somewhere, as you see I put a question mark after the comment
    be interesting to hear from him on the subject
     
  8. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 1, 2014

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    Feel free to seek him out and ask him. While you're at it, ask him his opinion of the (base) caliber JLC 920, aka Vacheron cal.1120, Audemars cal. 2120, etc. It is likely the best ever full-rotor, ultra-thin automatic. Walt Odets wrote an excellent article on the movement years ago, which can be read by following this link:

    http://people.timezone.com/library/horologium/horologium631686780396906210

    Here's an image of the AP version:

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  9. fingerpost Sep 1, 2014

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    Tony check out the Breguet 591a its basically an upgraded 990 so its still in production after almost forty years
     
  10. ulackfocus Sep 2, 2014

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    The caliber Tony speaks of is still in production too. AP got the rights to it as part of the deal to sell their 40% interest in JLC to Richemont. I'd have to agree with Tony that it's the finest full rotor ultra-thin automatic ever made.

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  11. fingerpost Sep 2, 2014

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    I think the Breguet 591a might give it a run for the money
     
  12. fingerpost Sep 2, 2014

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    The JLC920 is a lovely watch along with the Breguet but well out of my price range.
    The Longines 990 is still great value at the moment and is still the thinest c/seconds date
    movement at 2.95mm JLC920 3.4mm
     
  13. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 2, 2014

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    The Bruguet is a very nice movement, but so far removed from the original, and produced in such relatively low numbers, that I don't really consider it to be closely analogous to the JLC/VC/AP movement.

    Now, relative value is a different question entirely.
     
  14. fingerpost Sep 2, 2014

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    Tony what do you collect?
     
  15. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 2, 2014

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    I am quite eclectic. Many years ago I was initially attracted to certain vintage IWC models (Ingenieurs), and spent a few years mainly focussed on them. Then, over time, my interests widened, and I began the long, interesting journey that continues to this day. I do focus mainly on watches from the 'Golden Era', which I would say roughly covers the mid/late '40s through the early '60s. This period produced, in my view, the very best watches across a fairly wide spectrum. By that I mean not only were the top-class makers (e.g. PP, AP, V&C) producing iconic masterpieces, but even mid-high brands such as Longines and Omega were at the top of their games. Not only did they produce superb chronometers, but their more common models were often outstanding. The manual-wind movements such as the Omega 30mm and Longines 30L remain among the best ever produced, and especially so given their high-production numbers.

    I generally prefer simple, understated designs, and only own one chronograph. I have, in recent years, developed a soft spot for (mostly) mid-range vintage dive watches, and that aspect of my collection has expanded rapidly. I have a fairly large group of chronometers, as well.

    Part of what I enjoy the most about collecting is that there are so many interesting sub-genres to consider. I have become much more open-minded over the years, though still have high standards when it comes to condition. I now have quite a few examples from manufacturers that I once dismissed as being moderate, and it feels good to have discovered that many of the "lesser" brands actually designed some very nice watches and movements.

    Longines is one of, if not my favorite brand. I have some Conquests, several individual models, and, of course, Flagships...

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  16. fingerpost Sep 3, 2014

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    Nice collection, I have cal.340 Flagship a 21st gift from parents many years ago lol also
    2x 990`s
    2x 30l`s
    1x 890
    2x 431`s
    will have to get some shots of them all together.
    By the way I still think the longines 990 is the technically
    superior moverment to the JLC920 base model.
    The movements use in the high end trio are lovely
    finished units real show ponies.
    Chris
     
  17. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 3, 2014

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    Feel free to explain why you believe the Longines to be superior, but compare it to the AP/VC versions of the JLC. I say that because those were the production versions of the movement. JLC did not use the movement in its own watches, much like it developed the base caliber for, but did not themselves use the brilliant automatic calibers 1071/72 and 2071/72 found in VC AND AP watches of the '60s.
     
  18. Pasbru Sep 5, 2014

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    Dennis,

    Can I see a shot of the front of this watch if you don't mind. Thanks
     
  19. ulackfocus Sep 5, 2014

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    The AP above? Sure:

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    Dial close-up:

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  20. noelekal Home For Wayward Watches Sep 7, 2014

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    I don't have a lot of photos of watches at this point nor are they the best in the west but here are a couple of the Longines favorites.

    Here's a 1954 automatic featuring the 19AS movement in a 14kt case. The sunburst dial gives a much better appearance in person than is rendered in the photo.
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    Here's an older photo taken for a thread on a firearms forum. The subject was the firearm but a watch just had to be "snuck" into the photo. In this instance, a 1945 Longines with the 27M movement in an 18kt rose gold case. Not the best view of the watch which features a guilloche dial with a delicate linen look. The watch is wearing a nicer band these days than it was sporting at the time the photo was taken.
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    I like the vintage Longines and vintage Longines like me. There are several on hand and they give good trouble-free service. Decent servicing is all they ask, just like any car. The two above have been worn regularly for a number of years and are among the vintage watches I've had the longest.