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At the time of this writing, Longines is part of the Swatch Group, the largest Swiss watch conglomerate.We do not repair modern, battery-powered Longines watches, but please contact us if we can help you with the restoration of your vintage mechanical Longines watch. Click here for an explanation and example of how to use our serial number tables. Click here for instructions on how to identify and open most common case types.After his historic flight, Charles Lindbergh helped Longines design a pilot's watch with special features for air-navigation.Longines is also the official timer of the World Air Sports Federation, and has provided the timing equipment used to verify world aviation records, including Lindbergh's historic first non-stop solo crossing of the Atlantic.The Winged Hourglass logo first appeared on Longines watches in about 1867. In fact, they produced distinctly different movements, though both are of similar excellent quality.Longines was the first company known to have created precision timers for sporting events.In 1832, Auguste Agassiz began selling etablissage-produced watches under the name "Agassiz & Compagnie" and was particularly successful selling those watches in North America.In the 1850's, Agassiz passed control of his company to his nephew, Ernest Francillon.
They had top secret government contracts to manufacture timing devices for use in bombs and weapons.
It was at that time that three young brothers saw an opportunity to begin a wristwatch company that produced moderately priced watches for the common-man; BENRUS. He was an attorney, and he was in charge of the advertising and finances for the company.
The next oldest was Benjamin Lazrus where the company name was derived. Ralph was a salesman at heart and so handled the sales aspect of the business.
Benjamin attended Columbia University, and fought in World War I. Over the life of the company the three brothers, at one time or another, ran the company as President.
The original company headquarters were located in the Hippodrome building on 44th street in Manhattan.