Lemania - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Lemania
    Year: Circa 1950s
    Movement No: 264’698
    Case No: 177
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CH 27, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Lemania fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin, Lemania is a reputable and well-respected manufacturer of chronographs. Lemania produced movements for several watchmaking companies like Omega and caliber improvements solidified Lemania’s reputation and its chronograph movements were subsequently used by Patek Philippe, Breitling, Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and many others. 

The present example Lemania chronograph in yellow gold from the 1950s is powered by one of the firm’s most iconic and important caliber CH 27. Being one of the most robust and accurate chronograph movements in the era, it inspired the birth of greats such as the Omega cal. 321. A gorgeous chronograph also recognized by a watch passionate in the early days, the man who technically invented the V-hand sign during one of his political campaign V for Victory, and that is former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill. While an 18K yellow gold Lemania chronograph too powered by the same caliber fitted with a gilt dial and engraved caseback have graced the market, it was famously known to collectors that the watch was a gift from the Canton De Baud to Sir Winston Churchill during the Summer of 1946. A well-preserved example from the same era, the present yellow gold Lemania is offered in and amazing pristine condition. Boasting an attractive case with sharp edges and bevels with no signs of polishing from the past, this gem from the 50s also features an attractive two-tone dial with applied Arabic numerals to complete the picturesque example.


Lot offered with No Reserve

A fine and well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and presentation box

Circa 1950s
36.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$47,880

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)