Longines - The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN Geneva Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 4994
    Movement No: 6'295'843
    Case No: 22024 and 35
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on August 11, 1942 to the company Ostersetzer, which was at the time Longines' agent for Italy.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Extremely rare and beautiful, the present watch features a stunning and most probably unpolished case. The contrasting satin and polished finishes are incredibly remarkable. Furthermore, its stunning angled lugs provide great presence on the wrist. At the time of production, the 36mm case size was relatively large for the period.

    This watch is powered by the widely acclaimed caliber 13ZN and fitted with a snap-on caseback. Caliber 13ZN was most notably the first serially produced movement to incorporate a flyback function. It enabled the user to calculate time more effectively, especially when compared to a usual chronograph wristwatch.

    Research shows that the present watch was invoiced on 11 August 1942 to the company Ostersetzer, which was at that time Longines' agent for Italy.

  • 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. 4994
A rare and attractive stainless steel antimagnetic flyback chronograph wristwatch with angled lugs

36mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF32,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018