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.