|Date/Report Number ..090212R5BY.04 Item: 1940 LANGENDORF LANCO MILITARY|
|Description of item: VINTAGE
1930 - 1940 LANGENDORF LANCO MILITARY MANUAL WIND WITH 24HR MILITARY *RADIUM DIAL
&SUB-SECONDS REGISTER WITH RARE *RADIUM ILLUMINATED BLACK STEEL HANDS WITH DIAMOND
SHAPED INSERTS *RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
WITH NATURAL TAN HAND MADE TURNED EDGE DOUBLE STITCHED PADDED PIG SKIN WITH STAINLESS
STEEL TOP OF THE LINE DUAL PUSHER QUICK RELEASE DEPLOYMENT 33 x 38 mm W/O CROWN . CONDITION MINT.
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $875.00
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1930 - 1940
TOP OF THE LINE
33 x 38 mm
DOES A WATCH HAVE TO BE GOVERMENT ISSUED TO BE STATED AS MILITARY?
THOUGH THERE ARE DIE-HARDS THAT BELIEVE ONLY WATCHES LIKE THE A-11 HACKING WATCH ARE MILITARY, THE FACT IS, BETTER WATCHES WERE MADE FOR DIRECT SALE TO MILITARY MEMBERS, NURSES, DOCTORS AND DEFENSE PERSONAL. AND, LIKE THE 1960' ZODIAC SEA WOLF, MANY WOULD BECOME FAMOUS TO THE TROOPERS WHO WORE THEM.
THERE WERE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS DURING WWI WWII, VIETNAM AND OTHER WARS, BATTLES, CONFLICTS. ONLY A FRACTION OF THE WATCHES WORN BY TROOPS WERE PROVIDED BY THE MILITARY. MILITARY ISSUED WATCHES HARDLY EVER WERE OFFERED TO "GRUNTS".
THE WATCH INDUSTRY WERE AWARE OF THIS FACT AND PRODUCED AND MARKETED MILLIONS OF WATCHES THAT WERE "MILITARY DESIGNED". WATCHES WHICH WERE DESIGNED AND SOLD TO SOLDIERS.
JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE BELOW 1918 AND 1942 ADVERTS FOR GRUEN. IN WWII THEY HAD EIGHT MODELS FOR DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF THE US ARMED FORCES & DEFENSE ORGANIZATIONS. AND, AS I STATED, MANY WERE MADE BETTER FROM CASE MATERIAL TO DESIGN AND MOVEMENT, LIKE THE GYCINES AND UNIVERSAL GENEVA, ALPINA, PAGE, LANCO, EMPIRE, OH.. HECK.. YOU GET THE DRIFT.
IN 1941 THEY OFFERED A SERIES OF WATCHES FOR 8 SEPERATE DEFENSE SERVICES, FROM THE FLYER, NAVY PERSONAL, MARINES AND ARMY TO THE AMERICAN LEGION , STATE GUARD, WOMAN FLYER AND MEDICAL CORPS NURSE, THEY HAD ALL BASES COVERED. NOE THESE WERE NOT CHEAP WATCHES NOR WERE THEY GOVERNMENT SPEC, THEY WERE AT LEAST TWICE THE SOPHISTICATION THAN THE VERY MILITARY WATCHES THEY AND OTHERS MADE.
IN WWI THEY SOLD SPECIALLY MAD WATCHES TO OFFICERS AND EMNLISTED PERSONAL.
THE TEN YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1938 AND 1948 SAW THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MILITARY WATCHES SWEEP THE GLOBE. THE DEIGNS INCLUDED 29 TO 34 MM CASES, SCREW ON BACKS AND UNIQUE SNAP TWIST BACKS THAT AFFORDED SOME WATER PROTECTION, SHOCK ABSORBERS IN 15 AND 17 JEWELED MOVEMENTS. THE DIALS WERE ALSO REVAMPED TO WHITE OR BLACK WITH, IN SOME CASES, TWO TONE COLORS. THEY HAD OUTLINED RAISED RADIUM NUMBERS, 24HR MILITARY MARKERS, AND MOST HAD SWEEP SECONDS WITH OUTER CHAPTER RINGS AND LUMED HANDS AND IN MANY MODELS A RED OR CONTRASTING COLOR SWEEP SECOND HAND.
HOW ABOUT ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL WWII ERA WRIST WATCH. THIS BEAUTY WAS MADE BY THE LANGENDORF [LAN] WATCH COMPANY [CO]. IT'S AWESOME SIZE AND LOOK WITH WONDERFUL BLACK DIAL, OUTLINED RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS AND WHITE MILITARY TIME IS SIGNED LANCO & SWISS MADE ON THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT.
LANCO STANDS FOR "Langendorf" [Watch] "Company" . Langendorf was a Swiss watchmaker in Langendorf, Switzerland known for its fine craftsmanship and great attention to detail in 1890. Langendorf produced watches and parts that were sold under many brand names such as Aliada, Barracuda, Carex, Cavalier, Lancet, Stratford and Valogene.
"LANCO" WWII watches are usually first class. Our research and investment in fine but worn out examples demonstrate their owners utilized their Lanco watches; they did not throw them in a drawer! This Lanco is an early Military Watch with the standard wire lugged three piece case. It sports a black 24 hour Radium dial, sub second register and awesome diamond shaped insert black steel hands.
I have restored decades of watches that others throw away. With thousands under the belt, these DIAMOND hands are the first i have ever encountered; they demonstrate the beauty of this early Langendorf.
THE CASE IS RESTORED
THE OBJECT WAS TO RESTORE YET HAVE A FINISHED PRODUCT THAT DEMONSTRATED ITS AGE. SO NOT ALL IMPERFECTIONS WERE REMOVED
DIAL IS SIGNED
24 HR NUMERALS
THEN THE NUMERALS
REFILLED WITH LUMINOVA
WHAT A KILLER LOOK
THIS IS THE BEST HAND MADE OPEN END STRAP
CREATED TO MATCH OLD 1930 1940 STYLES
WE ADDED A STRAP KEEPER
THIS DUAL BUTTON STEEL DEPLOYMENT
COPIES OF THIS COMPANIES DEPLOYMENTS
SELL FOR 20-25 ON EBAY
LOOK AT THE NATURAL GRAINING
AND THE AWESOME COLOR
WE REMOVED THE BUCKLE
ADDED THE DEPLOYMENT
TI OVE THESE STRAPS
NOTE THE SIZE IS 19MM
SEE THE METAL HOLD-DOWNS?
DIAL IS SHARP AND CLEAN
HERE IT IS ATTACHED WITH METAL
NOW THE GLUED OVER-FLAPS
HERE IS THE FINISHED LOOK
THAT IS CLASS
LONG WEARING VINTAGE LOOK!
THE SIDES WERE PITTED GREEN
TOTALLY WORN OUT WITH
AREAS ACTUALLY MISSING
THE OTHER SIDE
THE DIAL READY
WE STILL HAVE TWO PLATING RUNS YET
HERE IS THE CASE BACK
CHROME BEZEL W/CRYSTAL
THIE DIAL IS FITTED
YES. I INVESTED IN THIS BEAT UP LANCO
ONE REASON WAS THE HANDS
BURNED OUT RADIUM
THEY WERE PRIME CANDIDATES FOR RESTORATION
CELLULOID BASED CRYSTAL
IS BEING CLEANED WITH
THEN IT WILL BE POLISHED
CELLULOID WILL MELT
SO DO NOT USE ALCOHOL
UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING
I DECIDED NOT TO FULLY POLISH
THIS CASE BACK. THOUGH THE "RUSTLESS" [STAINLESS] STEEL
IS SOLID, THESE EARLY CASE
BACKS ARE THIN
ON THE LOWER LEFT
OF THE BEZEL
IS A REFLECTION
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME