|Location||United States, Florida, Bradenton|
|Price||$500 (= C$ 624) [Negotiable]|
|Number of jewels||16|
|Case diameter||33.5 mm|
|Lug width||16 mm Size guide|
|Buckle width||16 mm|
This 1944 Longines Reference 5403 is cased in steel and measures 33.5mm excluding the replacement crown. The steel case has not been over polished, lugs remain thick with defined edges. Case back and lugs stamped with matching numbers.
Original factory finish silver “Military” style 24 hour dial with grey/green oxidation along outer edge. Arabic numerals one through twelve in radium lume, thirteen through 24 printed in black. “LONGINES” printed in black. Original hour and minute hands with red painted replacement seconds hand.
Under the hood is a clean sweep seconds 23M, running well and keeping time. Interestingly the 23M is found in both a center sweep seconds and subsidiary seconds version.
From Longines’ archives:
“The original serial number 6’992’583 identifies a wristwatch in stainless steel bearing the reference 5403. It is fitted with a Longines manually wound mechanical movement, caliber 23M. It was invoiced on 1 March 1946 to the company Longines-Wittnauer, which was at that time our agent for the USA.”
This Longines will arrive on a handmade brown leather NATO strap.
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*Due to the sensitive nature of vintage watches, this watch should be treated as though not water resistant, even if marked as being so.