Vintage Longines Retail Display Stand
A vintage timber and brass retail display stand from the 1960’s.
It features the famous Neuchatel Observatory founded by the Swiss in 1858. Until 1967, a second was determined by the earths movement around the sun; the observatories precise optics allowed the fine measurement necessary for precise typesetting. As a consequence, the observatory hosted an annual competition for chronometers.
In 1959, Longines set records for accuracy with a new watch design and it is likely that the observatory branding was adopted after this time. The competition was abandoned in 1968 after the assent of quartz movements.
The stand was originally in a watch makers workshop at the Gold Coast and I will supply documentation from the shop. The stand is 185mm wide, 220mm high and in good vintage condition.