Large 38mm Staybrite Case "Serbian Army Corps"


Longines Large SS 38mm Rare Model, "Serbian Army Corps", ca.1939
■Model / Year: Longines Large Staybrite 38mm Rare Model for WWII Serbian Army Corps ca.1939
■Movement: Signed manual winding 15 jewelers Longines caliber 15.26
■Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds (sunk small dial).
■Case: Stainless steel (Staybrite) case with snap-on bottom; Front press-in flat bezel; Original special extended crown.
■Crystal/Dial: Acrylic crystal, Factory original black dial, evenly and naturally faded to chocolate color with some aged marks. Very nice vintage look dial. The hands are also original to the watch. It has the "Coat-of-Arms of Kingdom of Serbs,Croats and Slovenians (Kingdom SHS)" printed above the Longines mark, below Longines it has the the retailer's signature "Milan T. Stefanovich" and under that "Beograd" (Belgrade) written in Serbian.
■Watch Size: Diameter is approx. 38mm w/o crown; Lug to Lug 46mm; Band Width 18mm.
■Strap/Band: Brown leather strap.
■Running Condition: Watch in good running condition (Just overhauled on Jun, 2009)
■Overall condition: Very good for its age.

A Military Longines Marked With the Coat of Arms of a Long-Gone, Eastern European Monarchy -- Some of the greatest watches in history started out with a military purpose, and we've featured more than a few. Today's find is a very old and very interesting Longines from a nation that no longer exists.

This 1939 Longines is signed with the coat of arms from a country called The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians, more commonly known as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. What is interesting is that below the coat of arms, this watch is also signed by the original retailer; Milan T. Stefanovich" and under that is "Beograd" (Belgrade) written in Serbian.

We have discovered a lot of military watches but none from a nation that has been mired in so much controversy. After all, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians has gone through about a dozen civil wars and splits of varying seriousness. In fact, the kingdom whose coat of arms resides on the dial of this Longines is now divided into seven unique and independent nations (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and the Republic of Macedonia).

This vintage Longines is sized at 38mm and the dial is completely original and untouched. This military oddity also retains the original hands that are now over 70 years old. You simply don't see watches like this, so if you're interested in owning a piece of Eastern European history.

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**Longines caliber 15.26 -- Manual winding; anti-magnetic (base movement ca.1911, designed for hunter case pocket watch); signed LONGINES; numbered 5788987 (produced on 1939); gold plated; size 34 mm; 15 jewels; 18000 vph; balance wheel with screws.

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