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Francillon wanted to modernize the production of watches and believed that bringing all the final assembly and finish operations together into one factory would be a more efficient method of production.To accomplish this, Francillon built a factory on a piece of land known as "Les Longines" and the Longines brand was born.Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was also known to have worn a Longines watch, which is described here.
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This method of production proved to be very successful, and by the early 1900's the Longines factory employed over 1000 people and had achieved worldwide distrubution and success with its products.
The Longines "Winged Hourglass" (actually a winged clepsydra for those who care about such things) is the oldest registered trademark for a watch company, having been registered in 1880. became the exclusive sales agent for Longines in 1880, starting a relationship that would last for 114 years. was sold by the Wittnauer family and renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so linked in the minds of the public that most assume that Longines and Wittnauer watches are the same.
Their watches are collectible, affordable and are often very reliable time-keepers.
Another advantage for the collector is that parts can usually be found to repair Longines watches.