A rare and attractive stainless steel oversized pilot's flyback chronograph wristwatch with central registers

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 5824
    Movement No: 9'939'144
    Case No: 1'412'527
    Model Name: Stopseconde
    Material: Stainless steel, chromium plated case back
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12.68Z, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 47mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Certificate of Origin and Authenticity dated May 22, 2015 confirming the piece was originally sold on October 10, 1956 to the company Hattori, Longines' agent for Japan at the time.
    Literature: The reference 5824 is illustrated in Longines - Legendary Watches by John Goldberger pp 278-279

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present piece delights the connoisseur of vintage timepieces both from an aesthetic point of view and from a technical one as well.
    Aesthetically, the canons of a pilot’s timepiece are fully followed: the large dimension and the black dial with luminous Arabic numerals for optimum readability in all conditions; the large onion crown to allow winding of the watch while wearing aviator’s gloves; and the rotating bezel to allow navigational calculations.
    Technically, cal. 12.68Z is not only a direct ancestor of hallowed cal. 13ZN, but it furthermore features central chronographic registers disposition, a highly unusual and eye-pleasing solution which grants the watch absolute balance. The watch is named Stopseconde as the pusher at 2 o’clock has two functions: if pressed lightly, it stops the chronograph - thus allowing for accurate readings - and further depressing it resets the chrono - thus allowing for extremely simple and fast operations, vital to a pilot.

  • 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. 5824
A rare and attractive stainless steel oversized pilot's flyback chronograph wristwatch with central registers

1956
47mm Diameter
Dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€12,900-21,400
$15,900-26,500

sold for CHF22,500

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018