Longines - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1936
    Reference No: 2326
    Movement No: 5'335'923
    Case No: 5'335'923
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12.68Z, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 32.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Longines presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on 19 March 1936 and sold to the company Ostersetzer which was at the time the agent for Italy.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This exquisite stainless steel time-only by Longines ticks every box any collector desires. It is blessed with an incredible black dial with white sectorial graphics, applied steel Arabic numerals and co-signed by Milan retailer Eberhard. The aesthetics and rarity of this dial would be enough to leave the most demanding collectors speechless but it is preserved in original condition with no signs of restoration. Most interestingly, the present watch is aesthetically very similar to a stainless steel Patek Philippe reference 96 sold at the The Geneva Watch Auction: XII for 378,000 CHF. Also retailed by the same storied retailer, it recalls the white graphics and dial composition. Most interestingly, the two watches were invoiced and delivered only one year apart, meaning that they could have very well been ordered for the same client, requesting two similar dial designs but from two different manufactures.

  • 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. 2326
An exquisite stainless steel wristwatch with black dial and original presentation box, retailed by Eberhard Milan

1936
32.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€9,800-19,600
$10,600-21,200

Sold for CHF32,760

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
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+41 22 317 81 81
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Head of Sale, Geneva

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022