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Date/Report Number …..010213.FNT5HY.04 Item:  LANGENDORF PIN SET POCKET WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE LANGENDORF PIN SET POCKET WATCH 49.60 mm W/O CROWN WITH LEATHER FOB AND 1803 - 1806 RUSSIAN MEDAL [COMMEMORATING SEA VOYAGE] CONDITION EXCELLENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $475.00


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LANGENDORF
PIN SET
POCKET WATCH

49.60
mm
W/O CROWN

WITH

LEATHER FOB
AND
1803 - 1806
RUSSIAN MEDAL
[COMMEMORATING SEA VOYAGE]

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Langendorf Watch Company was a Swiss watchmaker known for its fine craftsmanship and great attention to detail. Around 1890, it was probably the largest producer of watches in the world. The company produced watches in Langendorf, Switzerland for exactly a century, from 1873 to 1973.

Colonel Johann Viktor Kottmann (1822–1881) founded Uhrenfabrik Langendorf SA in 1873. The factory remained in the hands of his family until 1964.

The factory was located in the village Langendorf, canton of Solothurn, district of Lebern, Switzerland. Johann Viktor Kottmann was from nearby Solothurn and had been involved in industrial production of chicory and tobacco products since the 1850s. The factory in Langendorf had been producing chicory since  the 1850s. The factory in Langendorf had been producing chicory since 1851, but was rebuilt in 1873 to produce ebauches (parts of movements for watches) for other watch producing companies.

From 1887 and onwards, production was deepened, and the company became largely independent of suppliers. Karl Kottmann died in 1890, and the technical director, Lucien Tieche, took over the company and changed its name to Langendorf Watch Company.

All major watch producing companies from the Neuchâtel area were ordering parts and ebauches from Langendorf Watch Company whose workforce grew to around 1.000 by 1890. During that era, the factory was probably the largest watch producer in the world.

An advertisement from 1916 showing picture of the factory claimed that it employed 1.500 workers and produced 3.000 time-pieces daily. By 1920 the company was also producing alarm clocks. In 1924, a branch was established at Lommiswil, and the following year also an agency in La Chaux-de-Fonds. A 1959 advert boasted that a large new factory would be completed that year and produce Lanco watches.

From 1890, the main brand of the Langendorf Watch Company was "Langendorf", but the company produced watches and parts that were sold under many other brand names such as Aliada, Barracuda, Carex, Cavalier, Lancet, Stratford and Valogene.

Many of the watches were produced for export, and in order to avoid paying duties, many were cased inside the importing country, including the USA where Langendorf watches were imported by American Swiss Watch Company from the beginning of the 20th century. The latter was reported out of business as of 1915.

During WWI and WWII, the Langendorf Watch Company was renowned for producing military and pilot watches of good quality for servicemen. There's an early wrist watch developed for WWI infantry officers to use in trenches. The 9XX movements from the 1930s and 1940s were very smooth running and were also used in army watches.

Many movements from the 1950s and 1960s have 12 or 13 lined movements, the "qualité exceptionelle" in chronometer standards. Lanco pocket watches are also of very good quality, and some include an alarm function.

 

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NOTICE THE FOB
THOUGH IS SEEMS TO BE RUSSIAN
IT WAS FROM A GERMAN ESTATE SALE

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THIS MEDAL IS ATTACHED TO
A SOLID SILVER FOB ATTACHMENT
ITS DATED
1803 - 1806
HAS A RELIEF OF A SHIP
WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE
RUSSIAN WRITING
WITH A SIGNATURE
AT BOTTOM RIGHT

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THE OTHER SIDE HAS WHAT SEEMS TO
BE AN OFFICER
WITH A NAME BELOW 

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THIS LANGENDORF
HAS AN ORIGINAL
BLACK & GOLD
  PORCELAINDIAL

PORCELAIN DIALS CANNOT BE
REDIALED OR PAINTED
BECAUSE THEY ARE PORCELAIN
SO THIS BEAUTY IS RARE

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DIAL HAS

LANGENDORF TRADE MARK
AND
LANGENDORF WATCH CO
IN GOLD SCRIPT
WITH
GOLD THIN ROMAN NUMERALS
WITH
GOLD SECONDS CHAPTER
MARKED IN GOLD NUMERALS EVERY 5 SECONDS
WITH
GOLD SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
AND
24KT GOLD GILDED HANDS
WITH
RED SUB-SECOND HAND

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THE DIAL HAS A SECTION THAT WAS
SORT OF REPAIRED
BELOW THE NUMBER 7

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YOU CAN SEE IT HERE

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OTHER THAN THAT SECTION,
NO OTHER DAMAGE OR HAIRLINES EXIST,

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ONCE IN CASE, THE DAMAGED SECTION IS HARD TO SEE

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THE PIN SET CASE IS AWESOME
CONSISTING OF STEEL GOLD AND SILVER

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AS YOU CAN SEE
THIS RARE FIND IS SIMPLY
A COLLECTORS FIND

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THE BEZEL HAS A GOLD RING
MOUNTED ON STEEL
IT CONTAINS AN ORIGINAL
THICK GLASS CRYSTAL THAT DATES BACK
TO LATE 18TH TO FIRST DECADE
OF THE 20TH CENTURY


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THE ACTUAL CENTER CASE
IS HEAVY SILVER PLATE.
BUT THE STEEL
HINGED CASE BACK
AND
SNAP ON BEZEL
WERE NEVER PLATED
THEY ARE STEEL

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THIS CLOSE UP SHOWS HOW
AWESOME THIS MIX IS

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A SHOT OF GLASS CRYSTAL

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HERE IS A SHOT OF HINGED AREA

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THIS CASE IS ALL ORIGINAL.

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THIS CASE IS ALL ORIGINAL.


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AND IN RATHER GREAT CONDITION

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TESTING REVEALED THE CASE BODY TO BE SILVER
YET THE WEIGHT POINTS TO SILVER PLATE
IT TRULY MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO VALUE
AND THAT IS WHY WE DID NOT FILE INTO THE SILVER


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THIS PICTURE SHOWS THE BLACK COLOR
OF THE CASE BACK AND BACK OF BEZEL
  COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM
THE SILVER PLATED CASE BODY

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THIS PICTURE ONCE AGAIN
SHOWS THE BLACK COLOR
OF THE CASE BACK
  COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM
THE SILVER PLATED CASE BODY

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EVEN THOUGH WE SPEND AT LEAST THREE HOURS
PUTTING TOGETHER EVERY LISTING
AND WE SPENT 2 HOURS RESEARCHING
WE FAILED TO FIND THE CALIBER
OF THIS ORIGINAL LANGENDORF MOVEMENT

ANY ONE HAVE INFO LET US KNOW.

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WE THOROUGHLY OVERHAULED
THIS PIN SET MOVEMENT
THE FINISH IS RATHER
FIRST CLASS DUE TO THE FACT
IT WAS ALL HAND MADE

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THIS LANGENDORF PIN SET
MOVEMENT HAS A RATHER UNIQUE
PLATE FINISH. IT WINDS AND RUNS GREAT.

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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