Longines - The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE Geneva Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1935
    Movement No: 5'289'921
    Case No: 5'289'921
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 15''', 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Longines pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on December 12, 1935 to Ostersetzer, Longines Italian agent at that time.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Chronographs by Longines are considered to be amongst the best made, most attractive and, consequently, collectable in the world. The present yellow gold flyback chronograph from the 1930s stands out with its absolutely stunning aesthetics and its incredibly large size. While a typical men’s watch was sized between 32 and 34 mm during this early era, one can’t help but be impressed by its 38mm.

    Its stunning white enamel dial is beautifully adorned with a tachometer scale divided into several colored segments in blue, black and red. Featuring a flyback function, the complication allows the wearer to reset the seconds of the chronograph with one click of a pusher while the chronograph is engaged. Enhancing its desirability is the rare, Milanese retailer signature, ‘Giudici Milano’ found at 12 o’clock. Thanks to its masculine and timeless case design, and its oversized case, the present chronograph is perfectly in-line with contemporary tastes. Presented with its original box and in superb condition, it is an exceptional example of an early Longines chronograph for the connoisseur.

  • 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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A very rare, attractive and oversized pink gold flyback chronograph wristwatch with enamel dial, retailed by Giudici, Milano

38mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF25,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE

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