Longines Admiral 'Pulsations'

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REF 69-384A
Automatic-winding
35 MM
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SKU AS09060
Article Number 40991635
ref 69-384A
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Eccentric
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes 10k yellow gold filled Kestenmade mesh bracelet with Longines signed textured finish blade clasp.
overall condition Great condition overall. The case and bracelet show light wear consistent with age and use. The dial and handset are in fantastic condition showing light patination and very minor spotting.
REF 69-384A
Automatic-winding
35 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09060
Article Number 40991635
ref 69-384A
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Eccentric
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes 10k yellow gold filled Kestenmade mesh bracelet with Longines signed textured finish blade clasp.
overall condition Great condition overall. The case and bracelet show light wear consistent with age and use. The dial and handset are in fantastic condition showing light patination and very minor spotting.

Why We Love it

Longines is a brand that needs no introduction. They’ve been a staple of the Swiss watchmaking industry and are well-known for their many contributions to the history of timepiece design. With a broad assortment of models and designs in their back catalog and current collections, along with an outstanding value proposition, Longines is a darling amongst enthusiasts, and its fair to say that they are a favorite amongst the Analog:Shift team!

This particular model, a Reference 69-384A from their Admiral collection, dates to the 1960s and features a 35mm 14k yellow gold case with an automatic winding Calibre 342 movement. Fitted with a rare Pulsations dial, this model would have aided doctors and medical personnel in accurately measuring a patient’s pulse. With a printed pulsation scale over  silver sunburst, this piece also features applied indices and a ‘Caduceus’ emblem symbolizing the official insignia of the United States Medical Corps, Navy Pharmacy Division and the Public Health Service at 6 o'clock. Finished with a signed crown and acrylic crystal, this lovely example comes fitted to a period 10k yellow gold filled Kenstenmade mesh bracelet with a textured blade clasp signed with the Longines emblem.

Practical and oozing with charm,  it’s a curious timepiece by modern standards, and a charming combination of purpose stunning design from the pre-digital age!

Brand Story

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Founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, Longines was at the sharp end of the watchmaking spear during the beginnings of modern horology. Constantly innovating, the company devised some of the most important wristwatches of the 20th century. Indeed, by 1919, Longines was the official supplier of timepieces for the International Aeronautical Federation, working to develop highly accurate navigation chronometers for many of the era's great aviation pioneers.

Most famous among Longines' forays into navigation pieces is the Lindbergh Hour Angle watch, a wristwatch designed by famed aviator Charles Lindberg in conjunction with the brand to allow aviators to calculate, with the help of a sextant and a known latitude, their exact geographic location.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Longines also released a series of stunning time-only watches. Often referred to as “Calatravas” after the iconic model by Patek Philippe, most of these watches had thin stainless steel cases at 32-35mm, standard sizes for the time. Like the Patek Philippe Calatrava, these timepieces were known for their perfect proportions and the elegant simplicity of their designs.

But it wasn’t just time-only watches that drew the attention of clients the world over — particularly in the Americas: The company’s caliber 13ZN, first released in 1936, is widely regarded as one of the finest chronograph movements ever devised by any brand. This development would form the basis of work in sports timing, in which Longines developed timepieces with flyback functionality as well as 1/100th-second counters.

Today, Longines produces a remarkable number of watches annually — over 1.5 million of them — and rakes in over $1B in annual revenue through the sale of everything from simple quartz watches to sophisticated moon phases and chronographs. Incredibly, they produced their 51 millionth timepiece in 2019 and in some ways, it feels like the brand is just getting started.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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