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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 3504, batch number 21391
    Movement No: 6’183’343
    Case No: 61
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on September 19, 1946 and was sold to Belgium.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Longines reference 3504 is amongst the rarest and most desirable of all Longines chronograph models. The present lot, with its hardly ever seen black lacquer dial with pulsations scale and extraordinary condition, makes it one of the most impressive examples of the reference to appear on the market in recent years.

    Totally original and unrestored, the dial shines with beauty with its gilt printing and glossy black surface. The caseback is characterized by the unusual “two ears”, a feature to help watchmakers to more safely open the caseback. The charismatic case provides strong protection to the treasure housed inside – the legendary Longines caliber 13ZN that is amongst the most beautiful chronograph movements ever made.

    It is very interesting to note that this watch was sold to Belgium just one year after WWII ended, and must have been not only a costly timekeeper back then, but also a most valuable one for a medical doctor who certainly had very good use for it.

    Furthermore its case has most likely never been polished. It is rare to find such a well-preserved and stunning chronograph from the 1940s, offering immense value while also being able to be worn daily.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 3504, batch number 21391
A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with glossy black dial and gold-colored pulsometer scale.

35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF118,750

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016