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  • LANCO? can you tell me something more about this brand?

    It seems I can´t find almost anything about them. I have an offer for one, but don´t know anything about..

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  • #2
    Lanco, Langendorf Watch Co. 1873, Langendorf
    Here you can search Lanco to see theys calibers
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...ranfft&&2uswk&
    It seems that they've made pretty good watches and mecanisms but they didn't survive the quartz revolution

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    • #3
      So sorry, but as i am a Lanco fan this is gonna be long

      So here is my latest state of mistake:

      Founded in the swiss village Langendorf in 1842 by the Kottmann family originally as a plant for chicory products. Yes, you're reading right. Chicory was then used for making a coffee substrate because pure coffee was too expensive. Especially in the watch manufactures that spent lots of money on coffee and tea keeping their employees running. In Germany we remember this from WW I on, calling bad weak coffee "mucke****" which earlier was the name for chicory "coffee".

      With this link to the watch industry and some interest in watches as well Karl Kottmann changed the business in producing ebauches in 1872. 1873 Langendorf Ebauches S.A. was founded, creating about 80 jobs. The company wasn't running very well. The hard working and very poor Solothurn farming people were mostly addicted to alcohol and thus came late, didn't show at work or weren't able to adopt the techniques of watchmaking. So about 1880 the company was facing ruin. Hans Kottmann as a wealthy and social engaged entrepreneur (his family was doing the other swiss classic - trading goods all over the world) built flats for his employees and started giving them real education with the help of professionals from the Neuchâtel area. This paid off, and at the end of the 1880s Langendorf was the biggest watch company of the world. All major companies from the Neuchâtel area were ordering parts and ebauches, but in 1890 Kottmann died, and with him the unceompeted drive for success. His chief technician became leader of the company changing it's name to Langendorf Watch Co. (Lanco). 1902 one of Kottmann's sons took over and business was running perfect. In 1964 the principle of one leading family member was broken, after an accident of Dr. Hans Kottmann. The company was lead by a family gremium, mismanagement lead to join SGU AG in 1965. And with the "electroshock", Lanco was bought buy Omega-Tissot Group in 1971 and 1973 put down production. As far as i know there were Lanco labelled Chronos produced until 1977 - under the reign of Omega using Landeron & Valjoux calibres. And - Omega used the name of Lanco for trying about LED/quartz watches.

      Remarkable watches: all pocket watches, bearing either own calibres or joint ventures between Lanco and A. Michel S.A. Rare WW I officer's trench watches (early wristwatches). Alarm pocket watches that could be used as a desk alarm (special covers usable as a stand). And the maybe best known Lanco, the LancoFon, a direct competitor to the Vulcain Cricket.

      Good ones of the 50ies and 60ies have the 12 or 13 lined movements, the "qualité exceptionelle" in chronometer standards. Even some DUROWE calibres have Lanco design & layout. The Lanco 9XX movements of the 30ies and 40ies are very nice and smooth running and were used in army watches as well.

      And if you happen to see a Lanco Digit - grab it! This will be an investment.

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      • #4
        Well done, sit down, an A+
        I´ll have some photos in a few days time so hopefully you´ll know something about it and should I get it.

        Thanks

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        • #5
          Somehow, I suspect....

          ...that the present Lanco has little to do with the brands history other than sharing the same letters in the name.
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          • #6
            This one isn´t "the present" one.-.. It´s vintage and all I know is that it has "kind of" greenish face with "kinda" gold markers (no numerals) and inscription "Lenco" and under "Automatic". Length overall 44 mm (lug to lug) and case at 39 mm. Thickness around 9 mm. That´s it for now.. :-/
            Last edited by diaboliq; 02-21-2008, 07:30 PM.

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            • #7
              Interesting! Keep us posted!
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              • #8
                Here's mine ............

                Kurt

                <img src="http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j279/kurt48/Vintage/DSC_0152.jpg">
                "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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                • #9
                  good point, i agree. It's somehow confusing how much brands the Swatch Group has collected. Perfect market policy - for nearly any occasion and trend they put some renowned matching brand out of their drawer. Waking up the dead.

                  My watchmnaker - who is deep into the history - once told me that over 90 percent of all renowned watch brands all the world over are part of the Swatch empire. We do collect watches - they are collecting brands

                  It takes some serious enthusiasts to do it without Swatch. As Richard Murphy or the likes of Volker Vyskocil.

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                  • #10
                    cool mix of Jugendstil and Art Deco elements

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                    • #11
                      Art decoish completely.. Still awaiting photos of this one

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                      • #12
                        Very Nice!

                        Love that exploding dial!


                        Originally posted by kurt48 View Post
                        Here's mine ............

                        Kurt

                        <img src="http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j279/kurt48/Vintage/DSC_0152.jpg">

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                        • #13
                          Here are the photos. Anybody?
                          Is it worth $80?








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                          • #14
                            ..and one "SMALL" thing.. Screwback but no "water resist" mark..??

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                            • #15
                              yes, screwback without info on impermeability - not even rare for a watch of this era. Some kind of evidence for a low/mid priced watch. They are definitely not water resistant, at best water proof (splashwater). I haven't seen this particualr model, but the design is a "under-the-reign-of-Omega"-model, means ca. 1975 - 1982. The Lanco writing suits this as well. Should have an A. Schild auto movement of the 52XX family (12 ", 21,600 bph, 17 jewels). Check if it has acrylic (70ies) or glass (80ies) as crystal.

                              Nice example though it should beplished

                              Worth? Depends on your desires. No defined market on this kind of watches, a rare chronograph of this time would be easier to price (400 + if in good condition). Dial seems to be quite okay, case is not a big job, bracelet fits (Lanco sing on the inside?). So if the movement is running/winding smooth and the date set function works proper 80 would be okay to me.

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