Genuine and Original LONGINES Solid Gold WristWatch. Circa 1969
solid 9ct Gold case; made for Longines by D. Shackman & Sons, ( DS&S) England who were esteemed Goldsmiths making Watch cases also for Rolex, Omega and other high-end brands. Carrying the makers gold hallmarks
Original bright and elegant Longines signed, Silver 'sunburst Dial in perfect condition.
Gold baton hour markers and outer minute track
Matching, all original gold hands including sweep-second hand in lovely condition.
The watch features the high grade Calibre 280, with 17 jewels
beating at 19800 bph and holds a very useful power reserve of 42hrs.
Movement Serial # 13472720
The watch has recently completed a full service by a world-renowned watchmaker and carries a full 12 month warranty.
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 !
The movement of course winds freely and has been regulated for highly accurate time-keeping.
Full service record and Invoices available to buyer
The watch was presented to its original owner who worked for over 40 years on, and managing the Railway system for the Beckton Gas works
(N. Thames Gas Board)
Not just any works; This was the Largest plant in Europe.
Now known as London's 'Docklands'
The works produced Gas from Coal - at that time a vital source of energy for England.
The Beckton works was one of the first Targets for the German Luftwaffe on the first night of the London Blitz
(7 Sept 1940) now known as 'Black Saturday'.
348 Dornier 217 bombers
( + 617 fighter escorts ) pounded industrial and other sites. Followed later in the day by a second group !
Although the Beckton works - clearly a Key Target for the German Air Force was bombed on many of the 79 consecutive nights of bombing that followed, the workers kept Freight traffic running and new sidings were built to accommodate coal trains as enemy bombing now made it difficult to deliver coal by sea.
The plant had an extensive internal railway system of between (between 42 and 70 miles) its own stations and featured some unusual elevated sidings that also ran out on a number piers into the Thames.
Some of those routes are now utilised by the modern 'Docklands light Railway'.
The last coal train arrived at Beckton on 16th April 1969 and production ceased on 16th June 1969 with the final train running into the gas works on 1st June 1970.
Longines presentation Box
Watch purchased by myself in the London area in 2014, proof of purchase available.