Longines 48mm (approx. 18S) 16J pin set (PS) cal #L20B transitional model pocket watch, impressive gild fancy bridge layout movement with distinctive plate cut-outs, steel winding post to wind with a key if desired and a brushed finish, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a seconds register at 6 o'clock (not subsidiary) does have some hairlines and an expert repair on the right side of the dial, most of which is not visible until the heavy front bezel is removed, black steel spade and whip style hands, heavy white base metal (WBM) smooth polish Longines hinge-back (HB) case with the pin-set button on the frame at 1 o'clock, heavy bow and Longines-marked monogram button on the back, case is showing moderate normal wear with some light scratches but no brass, measures approx. 53mm in diameter x 77mm long x 20mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, high quality watch from the 1880s in very good condition!
- Year Made: 1880s
- Company: Longines
- Jewels: 16J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: caliber #L20B
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Movement Details: transitional model, fancy bridge layout
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: Longines case
53mm (2.09 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
for any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.