LONGINES JAMBOREE. All original & GENUINE circa 1960
Longines croco strap, Box
At the Basel watch Fair in 1959, Longines presented a timepiece which it christened Jamboree. it was fitted with a newly developed movement -The calibre 280 which was the first Longines wrist watch to have direct centre seconds.
Although the word Jamboree has been used in a number of ways, its original meaning here was Lavish; so its seems likely in this case that Longines intended to use the word Jamboree to mean lavish or Luxury; a luxurious watch !
This model was only made in limited numbers between 1959-61, and so is genuinely quite a rare find, particularly as this carries the Jamboree designation on the dial.
Longines calibre 280: 17 jewels, 19,800 BPH, with Incabloc shock absorber, and a very useful power reserve of 43 hours.
Original unmarked silvered satin finished dial, applied Arabic and lozenge shaped hour markers with luminescent dots above.
The case is made in robust polished stainless steel with with a chamfered bezel, unusual faceted lugs, complete with screw-down case back for water-resistance as well as for keeping out dust and dirt.
The case, dial, movement all signed Longines.
Longines movements are of excellent quality. Functionally, they are designed and finished well.
The movement was built at the end of 1959: serial# 11034....
The watch has just completed a full service by a world-renowned watchmaker with remaining guarantee.
The service starts with a total strip-down of every component before being ultra-sonically cleaned and then re-built with a new main spring, the correct lubricants, seals and a new crystal. This is not a quick or cheap process !
This Longines therefore keeps excellent time and should last a Many more years.
This Longines was presented to its original owner in 1960, after serving at least 21 years with the company; International Computers and Tabulators ltd. This is very interesting as his commencement was therefore in 1939, at the start of WW II, when the company at that time were named [ British Tabulation Machines co. ( BTM ).]
One year later, In 1940, the now famous Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park, helped turn the tide of the war with the machine ( an early form of computer ) called the Bombe, which broke the German Enigma codes. The Bombe was made and installed by the very same company; BTM. (Later to become ICL )
Purchased for my own collection, Original Invoice available to buyer