A rare and highly attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with silver dial

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 6592-6
    Movement No: 14'262'250
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 30CH, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Longines pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Certificate of Origin and Authenticity confirming its sale on November 14, 1969 to Longines-Wittnauer, their agent in the United States at that time.
    Literature: This exact watch is illustrated in Longines Watches, John Goldberger, pp. 272-273.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6592 is so representative of Longines’ savoir-faire that this exact timepiece, bearing movement number 14’262’250 is prominently featured on pages 272-273 of John Goldberger’s book dedicated to Longines Watches.

    The delicate curves of the case, the graceful lugs, the impeccable silver dial devoid of any scales and its large luminous Arabic numerals make the present Longines chronograph a superb example of a minimalist yet powerful design.

    The famous French author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote that “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” and in this sense the present timepiece has achieved a certain perfection in design.

    However, this reference 6592-6 is not just a pretty face, but houses one of the 20th century’s most iconic chronograph movements, the 30CH. A follow up of another legendary Longines caliber the 13ZN, the 30CH first appeared in the mid-1940s and like its younger sibling is also a flyback.

    The movement correctly features the LXW engraving meaning the watch was destined for the American market as confirmed by the Longines Certificate of Origin and Authenticity indicating the watch was sold in 1968 to Longines-Wittnauer (Longines agent for the USA).

    Offered in spectacular condition, the present reference 6592-6 is a must have for any serious collector of vintage chronographs.

  • Maker Bio

    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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Longines

Ref. 6592-6
A rare and highly attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with silver dial

1968
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,600-12,900
$10,600-15,900

sold for CHF21,250

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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