Some candy for the eyes: Longines 13 ZN Cream Dial, Mushrooms pushers.

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-13:56
The train has long gone with this reference. Years have passed, and it is now almost impossible to find and fund one as nice as this 13 ZN: 

Everything is magic here. From the patina of the dial, the dial itself, the step bezel, the pushers. 

A good example of how a vintage Longines can be magic. 



Wow. That is gorgeous!

 By: dhendolan : July 7th, 2019-14:27
Thanks for posting. Once again I'm late to the party.

You are not the only one. No worries. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-14:30
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A masterpiece of watch design.

 By: Baruch Coutts : July 7th, 2019-14:29
In my humble opinion I can't think of many mid-century steel cases executed more perfectly than this reference not even from Patek (except perhaps for the unique 1526 that belonged to Briggs Cunningham II).

A legend, an icon, a milestone, inside and outside. Thanks, Baruch. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-14:33
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What a beautiful dial. Love it. [nt]

 By: VMM : July 7th, 2019-15:10
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Si, Amigo mio, si! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-22:29
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One of the participants at last Sunday's g-t-g . . .

 By: Dr No : July 7th, 2019-17:01
. . . organized by Omega Forums was a Longines guy specializing in chronographs. 

All 13ZNs and 30CHs.  One collector. 

Crazy, eh?


WOW! [nt]

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : July 7th, 2019-17:06
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To say the least! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-22:30
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No, not crazy, pure Passion! And they are worth this passion. This guy is smart. Now, building such a collection is too tough. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-22:29
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A beautiful example Nico, I inquired about this one (in a Paris dealership) over the weekend - as you say, difficult to fund even when found.. Best wishes , Will

 By: templetowers : July 7th, 2019-23:32

When I think that twelve years ago, the only problem was to find one... Good luck, Will! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-23:37
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Thank you my friend ;) [nt]

 By: templetowers : July 8th, 2019-00:12
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Keep us posted, please. I am curious to see what you will find. I am such a fan! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 8th, 2019-01:12
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Will do :) [nt]

 By: templetowers : July 8th, 2019-12:03
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Pretty watch...lovely dial. [nt]

 By: Dave G : July 8th, 2019-04:52
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Yes, I like this kind of dial which has a lot of character and soul. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 8th, 2019-04:55
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That dial has aged to perfection.

 By: TheMadDruid : July 8th, 2019-05:28
And the Nato strap with those colors enhances the whole watch. Too good!

Someone here found a cool combo, indeed. But the watch is playing in a top league. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 8th, 2019-05:29
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I’m glad then I’ve kept my Grandfather’s 12.68z

 By: JeSuisJLC : July 8th, 2019-16:14
From 1950-51. Would this be worth sending to Longines switzerland for an overhaul? 

Michael S

Did you by any chance post this Longines here . . .

 By: Dr No : July 8th, 2019-18:46
. . . many years ago?   Your photo jogged my memory.


Great memory!

 By: JeSuisJLC : July 9th, 2019-04:00
Yes I did..It seems vintage chronographs are becoming increasingly collectible. I’m glad I didn’t sell this one.

Well some more than others. But when you compare what you have with vintage Chronos versus modern Chronos, we better understand why more and more people go for the vintage.... [nt]

 By: amanico : July 9th, 2019-10:58
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I thought so! As for having it serviced, the last time I checked . . .

 By: Dr No : July 9th, 2019-11:21
. . . parts are still available for this movement on eBay and elsewhere, so if you already have a trusted watchmaker, then no need to send it to Longines.


Au contraire, dear Dr No

 By: ztirual : July 10th, 2019-09:50
I always strongly advise having one’s pride Longines possession and especially 13ZNs, Weems, Lindbergh and the like being sent to and serviced by Longines in St-Imier and this for many different reasons. Here are just a few. Firstly is is a unique occasion of establishing contact with the brand, and in this case, Longines’ heritage department is second to none in terms of responsiveness and service. Should you be as lucky to drop or fetch your own watch in St-Imier, it opens for a fantastic day out, with the visit of Longines’ wonderful museum, meeting with the heritage servicing/ restoration dept. I mean meeting on a plain and warm level, eye to eye. In doing so it is also possible to obtain a Certificate of Origin and Authenticity, a service that is uniquely free. May I remind you that Longines have the best archives in the industry, even surpassing Patek’s in being free, more detailed and much faster. A demo of LEA, Longines Electronic Archives, is really something special. You mentioned that pieces for 13ZNs are freely available in the open market. My experience is that it is only true for some limited pieces. Longines have much much more, possibly the best stock of reserve parts in the industry in comparison with any other brand. They also have an active policy of buying NOS pieces where ever they can find them in the world. I was for example very lucky that one of my 13ZN12 could be repaired, only thanks to the fact that Longines had newly bought stock from an old workshop in Madrid. A piece that is only found on 13ZN12, aka Sommatore, and therefore extremely rare. Longines can do it all and with the greatest expertise, whether it be new hand or machine made pieces, case repair works or even expert dial restoration. Besides, Longines are really looking after their vintage customers and they often are hosts in St-Imier or participate abroad to most friendly GTGs. I cannot think of any similar thing occurring in the the vintage world of watches.

Kind regards, Z’

I bow in acknowledgement . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2019-10:10
. . . of your vast experience, Z.  For Omega guys like myself, we'd rather go to the dentist than send our precious vintages to their service department. 


Thanks for having taken the time to share your experience with us. Veeery interesting, Z. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 10th, 2019-10:54
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Hmmmm, superb. I think any good watchmaker will be glad to service it. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 8th, 2019-22:55
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For those in the know. that famous "C" of antimagnetic... :-}

 By: ztirual : July 9th, 2019-01:18
I remember that i said to myself when i started collecting 13ZNs that the window for finding those wouldn't last long. And indeed now it is nearly impossible to find round pusher 13ZNs, let alone Mushroom Pushers.
Thanks for posting
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