1972 Longines Vintage Large Retro Ultra Chron Officially Certified Chronometer - Stainless Steel


Item No. 4796

In 1967, to commemorate the company's 100th anniversary, Longines released the Ultra-Chron, a new line of extremely accurate wristwatches. Depending on the watch, the balance system ticked away at a speedy 28,800 or 36,000 beat per hour pace, giving it the ability to run incredibly accurately. (Most vintage watches beat 18,000 times per hour or slightly more.)

The ad campaign's slogan for this award-winning watch was "A New Standard of Time: Guaranteed Accurate to a Minute a Month." In a world before quartz technology, this was an audacious claim. Ultra-Chron watches were the first widely-produced watches to guarantee this accuracy. And it was proved true, even in "real world" testing conditions.

Today's offering showcases this rare officially certified chronometer Ultra Chron. While many Ultra Chrons performed with COSC specs, few were actually submitted for chronometer certification. In many respects, this watch would have been among the best of the best when it came to accuracy in a widely-produced watch at the time.

Adding to it rarity is the fact that it's the only example we''ve ever seen done with this unusual case design.

It is all original and in beautiful condition. Our watchmaker has just performed a partial servicing on it. For the finishing touch we have equipped it with an expensive new crocodile strap with Cartier lining.

Accompanying the watch is its original Longines box.

Photos of the inside are available upon request.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Longines
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 51,253,894
  • Year built: c. March 1972
  • Model: Ultra-Chron, Ref. 3200
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Ultra-Chron
  • Case markings (inside): Longines, Swiss Made, Acier Inox, 3200
  • Case condition: Better than near mint condition with signs of polishing
  • Dimensions: 41mm wide (excluding crown), 37mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, steel luminous batons
  • Movement type: Longines cal. 6652, high-grade, self-winding, 28,800 fast beat balance system for greater accuracy, rhodium plated, 360 degree winding, 25 jewels, shock resistant
  • Movement markings: Longines Watch Co., Swiss, 25 Jewels, 6652
  • Jewels: 25 rubies
  • Width between lugs: 24mm (The band currently installed is 22mm)
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition
  • Serviced: Yes.
  • Timed: Timed to precision on a computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

    All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

    The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

    Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

    To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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