An attractive, rare and wonderfully preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 5483
    Movement No: 7'028'035
    Case No: Order number 23'197 further stamped 59 on caseback and lug
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12.65N, 16 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: This exact timepiece is featured in "Longines-Legendary Watches" by John Goldberger pp.136-137

  • Catalogue Essay

    Longines is a fascinating brand. Known for the elegance and technical mastery of its vintage chronographs housing calibers 30CH or 13ZN, the brand from Saint Immier can also be credited for maybe lesser known but not less impressive time only watches.

    The present watch stands out not only for its spectacular condition but also its pure design awesomeness. The case measures 35mm but wears much larger thanks to its untouched case with thick downturned lugs and large opening to the dial. The dial is bewildering in the cavalcade of subtle details, adding up to a fabulous result. The mix of the upside down triangle at 12 o’clock and the succession of Arabic numerals and round dots that have turned a pleasing latte in color, provide a visually stimulating result.

    The “radium burn” on the dial attests that the watch remained unworn for a long period of time.

    The ultimate rarity of this watch delivered in 1946 to Bratislava (Slovakia), its tasteful design and untouched condition offer an opportunity the savvy collector should not miss.

  • Maker Bio

    Longines

    Swiss • 1832

    Auguste Agassiz founded Longines in 1832, and today is considered to be a pioneer in the evolution of the chronograph. During the 1930s, Longines' chronograph wristwatches were used as tools for wartime aviators and military personnel. As one of Switzerland's largest manufacturers, Longines was an important supplier of wristwatches to militaries of multiple nations.

    Today, they are owned by the Swatch Group and produce wristwatches for both men and women. Their vintage wristwatches continue to grow in desirability amongst collectors. Some of the most sought-after models include such oversized chronographs as the Lindbergh Hour Angle designed by Charles Lindbergh, Chronostop, Tre Tacche, A-7, Tasti a Spillo and Doppia Lanchetta.

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Longines

Ref. 5483
An attractive, rare and wonderfully preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds

1945
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€17,100-34,300
$21,200-42,300

sold for CHF40,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018