A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, two-tone dial and stepped bezel

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 23001
    Movement No: 6'877'717
    Case No: 936'877'717
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown suede leather strap
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on 7 September 1945 to the company Longines-Wittnauer, which was at that time the agent for the USA.
    Literature: For a similar example, please see Longines Watches by John Goldberger, pages 194 and 195.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1936, Longines developed their most famous caliber. The caliber 13 ZN was available in various version, featuring a 30 or 60 minute register and one or two chronograph pushers.

    The present reference 23001 features a 30 minute register, two chronograph buttons and is retained in the most appealing and original condition. The movement of this watch is stamped LXW, which is the American import mark for Longines-Wittnauer. Fitting, as research shows that the present watch was invoiced on 7 September 1945 to the company Longines-Wittnauer, which was at that time the firm's agent for the United States.

    The case is also stamped with Longines specific numbering system, where the case number is repeated on the upper left lug.

  • 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. 23001
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, two-tone dial and stepped bezel

浪琴,精細及罕有,不銹鋼腕錶,配計時功能、中心秒針及雙色錶盤,型號23001,1945年製

1945
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 400,000 
€28,900-48,200
$30,000-50,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Hines
Deputy Chairman, Asia and International Head of Watches
++852 6773 9315 shines@phillips.com

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Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017