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    Vintage Longines v Omega

    Hi, I'm considering buying an early 60's birth year watch and I like the Omegas and Longines of the era. Just wondering how these compare, particularly the movements. For example, how would the Longines cal 341 compare against the Omega cal 562. I'm guessing they are both quality movements but they look very different in the way they are constructed and finished.
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    I`ve worked on Omegas of this vintage but I`ve no experience with the Longines. The Omega looks nicer IMO, but they can be money pits if new parts are needed. Not sure about parts costs/availability for the Longines. The auto winding wears on the Omega new parts may be needed to get it working correctly.

    Longines had an excellent reputation in the 50s/60s so I wouldn`t worry about inherent quality differences; actual condition after all these years is far more important.

    Price-wise, Longines lag behind Omega and are therefore better value for money. I`ve owned plenty of vintage Omegas from this era and I still have a few. It's fair to say I like them.

    As for the birth-year thing, I don`t get it at all. It simply limits the choice available and in many cases clouds the buyer's judgement. Unless there's an original receipt present that proves the watch was sold in a given year (highly unlikely) there's no way of being certain what year it was made/sold....which defeats the object to me. With Omegas the accepted way to date them is from the movement number, but this is never exact.

    Buying vintage watches is fraught with pitfalls. Better to keep the choice as wide as possible IMO. Hand-wound watches fetch a little less and shouldn`t be overlooked. Condition is everything; look for original dials in good condition and avoid poorly finished redials from overseas.


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    Thanks for the advice Paul.
    As for the birth year thing, I'll admit that on the one hand it's just an excuse to buy another watch. But on the other, I'll be turning 50 next year and I figure what better way to celebrate than to indulge in my watch obsession with my first real vintage watch, possibly a gold one. It doesn't have to be from '63 exactly, but if not I'd like it to be older rather than younger. Anyway I plan to spend the next 6+ months learning as much as I can about 50s - 60s models and their movements. I know the 500 series Omegas are very well regarded, but was curious about the Longines because I've seen some very nice Conquests and Flagships, many with the 340 series movements which look a bit odd to me with their offset rotor.

    Ensuring authenticity will indeed be my biggest challenge. I've learnt a bit about how to spot redials and non original parts but it's no easy task. Some of them are very well done. I would actually consider a refinished dial if it was professionally done, but it would impact on how much I was willing to pay so I still need to identify it.
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    My father has been wearing the same Longines every day since 1956, its been serviced 3 times in 50 odd years, and i guess ultimately when it comes to me, its the only watch ill never sell on.
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    I've worked on both those calibres, and while they are both good quality, I'd go for the 562 out of the two.

    I'm a fan of much of Longines vintage output, but I wouldn't consider the 34x series to be their 'best in show' from that period. The design is quirky to say the least and they can suffer from rotor wear, leading to excessive noise, and in the worst cases scraping on the caseback. Be sure to check/ask about that if you go for one.

    The 562 can suffer from rotor wear too, but the parts are quite cheap to put that right, for the time being at least (a rotor post is about
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Vintage 1940s Longines Ladies Watch - 14K White Gold With 8 Diamonds - Elegant MidCentury Design
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Vintage ladies wristwatch made by Longines, one of the most respected names in fine Swiss watches since the mid-19th century. Worn by everyone from actress Audrey Hepburn to aviator Charles Lindbergh, Longines watches are renowned for their innovation, elegance, quality, and reliability. This refined ladies watch features a square case in 14-karat white gold surrounding a white face marked with numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 and raised dots for the remaining hours. The case is ornamented with 2 graceful scroll motifs set with 8 diamonds, which hold the loop ends of a cord band that closes with a secure single-channel foldover bracelet clasp. Manual wind, 17-jewel movement. Serial number 7863530 indicates that watch was made in the late 1940s. This is an exquisite, tasteful design that is as fashionable today as it was when the watch was made.

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