An extremely rare and very attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and oversized registers

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 4813
    Movement No: 6'277’648
    Case No: 21'521 and further stamped 128
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming sale of the present watch on April 8th, 1943, a well as a copy of the magazine Orologi & Market from 1998 where this watch is featured on the cover.
    Literature: A similar reference appears in John Goldberger's "Longines Watches" pages 194-195

  • 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. Designed as a flyback chronograph, where a user can quickly reset the chronograph seconds hand to zero while it’s running, almost all 13ZN-based chronograph wristwatches sold incorporated this convenient function. Not only is this true for collectors but also for watchmakers. It is no secret that the watchmakers and engineers of the venerable German brand A. Lange & Söhne took inspiration from the Longines 13ZN when creating the caliber L951.1, their acclaimed, inhouse chronograph movement launched in 1999 in the Datograph. The present lot stands out with a hardly ever seen missing feature on the 13ZN: exceptionally, it is a non flyback chronograph. Invoiced on April 8, 1943 to Mr. Wirth, the Longines agent for Switzerland, this extremely rare reference 4813 can only make the heart of the chronograph enthusiast go soaring. The overall excellent condition of the present lot, its large 36mm stepped case, and the superbly patinated vanilla-toned dial with its large subcounters provide for a vividly masculine presence on the wrist. The fact that the movement is a rare, non-flyback variant of this coveted caliber makes it an exciting watch for the connoisseur of rare 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. 4813
An extremely rare and very attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and oversized registers

1943
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€9,200-13,800
$10,300-15,500

sold for CHF16,250

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016