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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 5009, batch number 22183
    Movement No: 6'425'030
    Case No: 108
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming sale of the present watch on March 17th, 1943 in Italy.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First launched in 1936, the Longines 13ZN chronograph movement is still considered today as one of the most beautiful and technically interesting wristwatch chronograph movements ever produced. The 13ZN was designed as a flyback chronograph, where a user can quickly reset the chronograph seconds hand to zero while it’s still running. Longines initially intended for these wristwatches to be used as tools for military personnel and aviators. Watches fitted with the caliber 13ZN were housed in cases ranging in size from 34mm to 38mm, and were produced with either snapback or screw-down casebacks.

    The present lot surprises by its large 38mm diameter and elegant slim silhouette. The two tone silver dial with large subcounters adds panache to the watch's refined aesthetics.

    The present lot is a must have for the collector looking for a “dress” chronograph housing one of the world’s most exciting chronograph movements.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 5009, batch number 22183
An extremely rare, attractive and large stainless steel fly-back chronograph with two-tone silvered dial and tachometer scale

1943
38mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€11,100-16,700
$11,900-17,800

Sold for CHF23,750

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