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Longines Watch Repair and Service Specialist
We've been carrying out world-class luxury repairs at our workshop to the highest industry standard since '87, giving you confidence that your Longines watch will be restored to showroom level, enhancing its value.
We're just as fond of Longines as you are, using only genuine parts in our work. We go to extraordinary lengths at each turn to ensure your watch undertakes an exceptional repair.
With a keen sense of the brevity and scarcity of time, we ensure your Longines watch is restored properly and efficiently, as we entrust a postal service that brings an expert watchmaker to you, anywhere in the UK.
What is involved in a Longines Watch Service?
The watch is broken down and the movement is removed from the case. The bracelet, case, seals and movement are inspected thoroughly to diagnose any issues. We strip the whole movement and the case components.
Every part inside the watch is inspected for wear and anything showing the slightest sign of deterioration is removed and replaced with new parts from the manufacturer. Tolerances inside watches are so fine that even the smallest defect can affect performance.
Once inspected all parts are then put through our ultrasonic cleaner with specialist fluids, which removed old grease from the parts.
After it goes through the cleaning agent and three rinsing agents, it is put through a drying process resulting in a completely clean movement ready for re-assembly and lubricating.
We assemble the movement and fit the dial and hands assuring everything are aligned and then time test the watch to assure it is performing accurately.
6. PRESSURE TEST
The case is reassembled so it is now a watertight empty case. We then pressure test it to the required bar to ensure there are no leaks.
We then move on to the case and bracelet (if the watch has one) which is cleaned and refurbished. We use various polishing, cutting and grinding wheels to remove any small dents, scratches and imperfections where possible, brining the watch as close to new condition as possible.
8. FINAL TESTING
Watch is reassembled and time tested for the second time and placed on test for 2-3 days on our workshop simulator which slowly moves the watch round in different positions. This allows us to monitor the watches performance and see if any further adjustments are required.
I gave Jon Vincent a vintage Longines watch that had belonged to my Father. It had been lying in a drawer and had given up the ghost many years ago. Upon examination, the guys at Jon Vincent discovered that the old battery had leaked and caused extensive corrosion. Undaunted, they searched for a replacement part and eventually sourced one in the USA. Yesterday, the watch was returned to me in full working order, fully serviced and fitted with a beautiful crocodile leather strap.I would like to thank everyone at Jon Vincent for their sterling work and personal attention.I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Jon Vincent Watchmakers to anyone looking for a first class service with a personal touch.
Above and beyond service. JVM really excelled themselves from the neat packaging they send you to put your pride and joy in and send it back. The attention to detail displayed was superb, the watch came back looking like new, the strap, the face looked perfect and added to that they send you the parts they had replaced as part of the service which demonstrates transparency and generates trust. Highly recomended!!
Good old fashioned service. Friendly, quick and personal service that is as accurate as the finest chronometer.
Your Longines watch must always be diagnostically inspected first to produce an accurate repair quotation, this allows the watchmaker to find out exactly what issues need addressed and price any parts accordingly. However most repairs are covered in a full Longines watch service price which varies depending on model.
The price is made up of the master watchmaker’s time in servicing the watch (which can take up to 4 hours) and the cost of any parts required to restore performance.
If you are being offered a service for cheaper it would be advisable to proceed with caution. It may be generic parts that are being used in your repair resulting in your watch losing its worth and running into similar problems in the near future.
The old adage holds true for luxury watch ownership, buy cheap, buy twice. Having your watch maintained by an official service centre will ensure your Longines watch lasts long into the future and retains its value.
The History of Longines
Associated with the pioneering of aviation, and the equestrian lifestyle, Longines offers supreme Swiss engineering and tasteful designs. Throughout its 185 years of producing finely crafted, remarkably precise timepieces, Longines has established itself as one of the most distinguished watchmaking brands in the world. The label is especially known for engineering top-quality products with a unique tendency of reworking old designs, bringing its heritage back to life.
Today Longines is an honourable member of the Swatch Group, which owns Swiss watchmaking powerhouses such as Omega, Tissot, Rado, and Breguet. Prior to becoming a subsidiary of the Group in 1983, like most Swiss watchmaking companies, it was a family-owned business, passed on through generations.
Longines was established by Auguste Agassiz and his two partners in 1832 in Saint Imier, more specifically in Es Longines, after which the brand bears its name. By 1846, Agassiz’s talent and imagination naturally positioned him as the de facto head of the company. Thanks to his contacts in the United States, Agassiz was able to successfully distribute Longines watches on the other side of the Atlantic. This was crucial to the company’s early success, alongside with the efforts of Ernest Francillon – Agassiz’s nephew. Francillon was a qualified economist whose thorough expertise in the field enabled him to gradually take over the firm from his uncle.
The factory premises in Saint- Imier, where the headquarters are located to this day, was officially inaugurated by Francillon in 1867. Also that year, the company produced its first movement – the 20A. This truly remarkable piece of engineering, featured a pendant winding and a settling mechanism. It was highly regarded by watchmakers alike, and won a prestigious award at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867. However, the company’s most significant innovation was soon to follow. When the firm’s technical director crossed the Atlantic on a business trip to Philadelphia, he envisaged new production possibilities. These where hitherto unexplored in Switzerland, which still relied on the time-consuming system of établissage. Thus, Longines became credited with catalysing the industrialisation of Swiss watchmaking.
In 1888, after establishing a new system of production largely dependant on machine tools, Longines became involved in high-precision timekeeping, and began producing movements for a certified chronometer – the 21.59 calibre. This was the beginning of the company’s path to specialising in extremely precise and reliable time measuring pieces, soon to be used in aviation, and sports events.
The early success and wide renown of Longines made it susceptible to frequent imitations. In order to prevent this, in 1880 Francillon filed the brand name with the Federal Office of Intellectual Property, and registered the logo in 1889. Regarded as the sign of authenticity, all new watches produced by the company featured the winged hourglass logo on the dial, as well as on all movements. With this installed, Longines famously became the world’s first watchmaking brand to adopt a trademark registered with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation).
Continuing its tradition of horological innovation, 1919 was a significant year for Longines. During that year, the brand entered a close-tie relationship with aviation. It became the official supplier for the International Aeronautical Federation, and developed highly accurate and reliable navigation instruments for the use of aviation pioneers.
The aviation connection tightened in 1931, when Charles A Lindbergh – the American pilot and international celebrity designed a navigational instrument which Longines brought to life. The custom-made, Lindergergh Hour Angle watch was an advanced timepiece, largely based on the preceding Weems System of Navigation which helped aviators calculate their geographical location.
Aside from having a strong association with aviation, the company has also established a firm connection with horse racing, which has grown in prominence over the recent decades. Thanks to its accurate time measuring and elegant aesthetics, Longines became the perfect fit for the equestrian lifestyle. To publicly seal the collaboration, in 2013 the company became the official parter of the prestigious Ascot racecourse.
The Longines watch collection consists of a diverse range of timepieces for both men and women with a taste for stylish yet understated watches. In 1954 the company launched what turned out to be its most popular watch family – the Conquest line. The Conquest, being the first of Longines models, is commonly regarded as the very embodiment of sports inspired elegance. It is remarkably versatile, offering a blend of style and practicality. In addition, it is water resistant to 300m.
In 1957, following the launch of Conquest, the elegant Flagship collection was introduced. It is characterised by traditional craftsmanship embellished by a sophisticated, yet functional case. It comes in a variety of models, for both men and women, who appreciate style and quality.
In 1979 Longines produced extremely slender watches that were only 1.98 mm thick. Building on this heritage, in 1982 Longines launched La Grande Classique is the extremely elegant Grande Classique, a true horological masterpiece, remarkable for its slimness, and effortlessly chic appearances. An enduring classic, it is one of the bran’s most popular pieces.
Another successful line of Longines watches is the Master collection. It is instantly recognisable for its silver dial, large Arabic numerals, and a leather strap. It is a functional, sophisticated, and distinctively comfortable watch designed for a modern man. One who appreciates style as well as quality.
Amongst the most popular ladies’ watches is the highly esteemed Dolcevita line. It is synonymous with subtle style and sophisticated elegance. The iconic DolceVita remains one of the most popular ladies watches. Instantly recognisable by its original rectangular case, it is said to represent the decadence of Italian lifestyle.
Appreciated by watch enthusiasts across the globe, Longines offers a range of functional and beautiful timepieces suitable for those with most refined taste. Its impressive history, and honourable association with aviation and horse racing, makes it a truly prestigious brand, offering comfort as well as classic elegance.