1920s 9ct gold vintage Longines ‘Half-Hunter’ watch (4045)


A rare early 9ct gold vintage Longines ‘Half-Hunter’ watch. The case measures 34mm in diameter. The case is signed AB (Arthur Baume, director of Longines U.K.), hallmarked London 1925 and numbered. The case has hinged lugs with a hinged front, having enamelled Roman numerals around the small glass to the centre. The Swiss manual wind 13.34 calibre movement is signed B.& Co., with 16 jewels and a hinged protective dust cover. The white enamel dial has fine black Roman numerals with a red twelve and a subsidiary seconds dial with fine blued steel hands. The dial is signed Longines above the centre.

Half Hunter wristwatch

This style of watch, with a smaller glass cover is called a ‘half hunter’. The name comes from huntsmen (men on horseback) and their requirements for a watch. Early pocket watches were open faced and the glass was easily cracked during a hunt. A hunter pocket watch had a solid cover over the face, by depressing a button on the winding crown the cover would pop open to check the time (easily done with one hand by the huntsman). A variation of this was introduced, with a small glass in the centre of the protective cover, so one could see the time without opening the cover.

All of our watches have been cleaned and serviced, and come with a one year warranty, in a new presentation box.

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