Editor’s note: I met Adam for the first time recently at a Longines event, and was blown away when he produced a roll of five watches from his pocket. Apart from some stunning Enicar watches from the í60s, he also had a rather large, time-only watch, with an interesting dial. We got chatting and he told me the story of his mid-century Longines double signed with the retailer Cuervo y Sobrinos. Adam found it in Havana after persisting with a watch dealer for three days to show him the most interesting pieces from the back of his safe. Adam also noted that Cuba was a unique location for luxury goods, as Fidel Castro’s regime locked all the country down through restricting imports, unintentionally turning the country into a time-capsule for mid-century collectibles. While that might be a small highlight in a troubled period of history, it certainly makes for a great watch collecting story. When someoneís watch story starts in the backstreets of Havana, you know itís going to be good. In fact, it would be a good story, even if the watch itself didnít match up to the tale. Luckily for all involved, Adamís oversized mid-century Longines, double signed…

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