Today's offering showcases this elegant and ultra precise Longines Flagship V.H.P. with perpetual calendar.
Its round case with steps on the lugs and multiples steps and on the bezel and black dial with traditional markers give it a classic yet sophisticated style. And its face is protected by a sapphire crystal.
While the watch has a perpetual calendar that only needs to be reset every few hundred years, that is not even the most intriguing part of the Longines V.H.P. The V.H.P. moniker stands for Very High Precision, and that is not merely marketing.
It represents an underappreciated part of Longines history. One that rivals mechanical watchmaking accomplishments.
Longines introduced the V.H.P in 1984 with the introduction of the Caliber 276.2 that used thermocompensation to achieve a rate of plus or minus 10 seconds... per year! After a full 365 days it was guaranteed to be within 10 seconds, an extraordinary achievement. Over the next more than 10 years, Longines made a few minor changes to the collection, most notably changing the second oscillator to a thermistor module (for the Caliber 273.2), but the V.H.P. mainly maintained it position as the high-end quartz offering for the brand.
A dozen years after its introduction, in 1996, the final V.H.P. Perpetual Calendar with a new ETA-developed movement with a digital calibration terminal that continued using thermocompensation and introduced a perpetual calendar date and a 3V lithium battery that was supposed to last for a decade, the last version of the V.H.P. was introduced. It was officially discontinued around 2006.
Other Swiss companies have made hyper-accurate quartz models include Breitling's Superquartz line and Omega's Spacemaster watches, but none of those actually approached the same accuracy as the V.H.P. whose precision rose to five seconds per year. At the time it was believed to be the most accurate quartz movement and wasn't surpassed until 2011by Citizen.
Our Flagship V.H.P. is in gorgeous condition - it presents as a 9.5 out of 10.
It has all of its original parts and has just undergone a true expertly done refurbishing. Its case, dial, and sapphire crystal all present as mint.
A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing and installed a new battery. For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new leather strap and aftermarket Longines style buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a full one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Longines is known for creating some of the most technically innovative and attractive timepieces in the world. Once worn by Humphrey Bogart, Richard Byrd, and Charles Lindbergh, their pieces are sought after by collectors, celebrities, and anyone desiring to wear a very fine wristwatch.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Flagship, ref. L4.722.4
Serial no.: 31,141,782
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Quick-Setting Date
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Presents as mint with only light signs of previous polishing. All of the markings are strong. The back is covered by a protective sticker.
Dimensions: 36mm diameter (excluding crown) by 42mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Gloss black with silver printing and applied steel dart indices, signed Longines, refinished to mint condition
Hands: Original, steel "epees"
Movement type: Longines Swiss quartz, V.H.P. thermocompensated very high precision
Band: Leather, fully stitched and padded, brand new and unworn with aftermarket Longines style buckle
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal: Sapphire, mint condition
Servicing: A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing and installed a new battery making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Warranty: 1-year international C.O.T. warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
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.