Longines

Country

City

Saint-Imier

Era

e.1832

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1832

  • Saint-Imier watchmakers established by Auguste Agassiz.

1846

  • Agassiz heads the company and opens the market to the United States to great success.

1852

  • Ernest Francillon joins the firm eventually taking it over.

1867

  • Es Longines the Longines factory opens.
  • Produces the first movement, 20A.
  • Wins a award at the Universal Exhibition, Paris.

1876

  • Jacques David attends the Universal Exhibition in Philadelphia and returns to inspire the industrialization of Swiss watchmaking.
  • Longines pioneers mechanized production.

1878

  • By means of its newly mechanized production, Longines produces a simple chronograph, the 20H.

1881

  • Longines chronographs produced for Americans are purchased by horse racing aficionados.

1886

  • Longines is supplying the majority of New York Sports officials.

1888

  • Produces a certified chronometer, the 21.59 calibre.

1889

  • Logo is registered.

1893

  • Logo registered with the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (forerunner of WIPO).

1899

  • Longines equips Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoie for his Artic expedition.

1900

  • GranPrix at the Universal Exhibition, Paris for La Renommée pocket watch.

1913

  • First calibre for a wristwatch.

1916

  • Begins development of shaped movements for wristwatches.

1919

  • Longines begin development of navigation instruments for aviators.

1927

  • Weems Second-Setting Watch for Navigation.

1931

  • Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch to be used with a sextant and nautical almanac.

1936

  • 13ZN calibre wristwatch patented.

1945

  • Longines patents its first self-winding movement, the 22A.

1954

  • Longines first quartz clock.
  • Used with a 16mm camera to record race finishes for officials.

1969

  • First cybernetic quarts calibre – Ultra-Quartz.

1972

  • Longines LCD Watch.
  • Currently in operation with the same Maker’s Mark.