Longines Wittnauer - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines Wittnauer
    Year: 1941
    Movement No: 6’035’475, stamped LXW
    Case No: 21’123
    Model Name: Weems Second Setting Watch
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 37.9, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Metal pin buckle
    Dimensions: 47mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by original numbered hang tag. Further accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the sale of the present watch on March 28, 1941 to the Longines-Wittnauer Company.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly non-stop between New York and Paris. A skilled aviator, Lindbergh was not proficient in navigation by the sun and stars, and made his historic voyage using dead reckoning, the process of calculating the current position of a moving object using a previously fixed position and incorporating speed, heading, and elapsed time. As the aeronautics field grew so too did the demand for accurate methods of navigation and naval Captain Philip van Horne Weems was instrumental in early 20th century celestial navigation. His Weems Second Setting watch with a rotating center dial allows the seconds hand to be synchronized with a reference clock to enable navigators to determine longitude.

    The present example was retailed on March 28, 1941 to Longines-Wittnauer, the Longines USA agent at the time, in accordance with the ‘LXW’ import code found on the movement. The 47mm case is in excellent condition, and the white enamel chapter ring is free from any visible defects, as is the rotating center dial. The watch is accompanied by the original numbered hang tag and Longines extract. Early 20th century tool watches are highly collectible both for their mechanical innovations, and for insight into the history of horology. The Weems Second Setting watch is a wonderful reminder of this period


A rare, early and attractive oversized stainless steel aviator’s wristwatch with enamel dial, center seconds, and hang tag

47mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed.

$10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $21,590

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The New York Watch Auction: X

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