A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with glossy black dial and gilt pulsometer scale

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 3504, batch number 21391
    Movement No: 6’183’343
    Case No: 61
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on September 19, 1946 and was sold to Belgium.
    Provenance: Phillips Watches Start Stop Reset 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs, Geneva 14 May, 2016
    Literature: This timepiece is featured in Longines, Legendary Watches by John Goldberger pp. 390-391

  • Provenance

    Phillips Watches Start Stop Reset 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs, Geneva 14 May, 2016

  • Catalogue Essay

    Considering one's increased heart rate upon seeing this watch, it is easily understandable why it features a pulsometer. The Longines reference 3504 is amongst the rarest and most desirable of all Longines chronograph models made even more desirable and rare thanks to its hardly ever seen black glossy dial with pulsations scale and extraordinary condition.

    It is incredible to think that this watch is over 60 years of age.

    The present Longines chronograph houses the legendary caliber 13ZN, considered by connaisseurs as one of the most beautiful chronograph movements ever developed. This legendary manual wind chronograph was launched in the 1930s and was in production until the beginning of the 1970s. The 13ZN was designed as a flyback chronograph, where a user can quickly reset the chronograph seconds hand to zero while it’s still running. Longines initially intended for these wristwatches to be used as tools for military personnel and aviators. In the present watch it was destined for medical use thanks to its pulsation scale.

    In unmolested condition, the case maintains strong crisp proportions, thick lugs and beautifully preserved brushed and polished surfaces. The numbers engraved on the case back and on the inner lug are perfectly crisp. The black glossy dial with gilt printing and bold Arabic numerals has amazing charisma.

    This watch is furthermore published in John Goldberger’s new book dedicated to Longines, proof not only of its superb quality but also of its historical importance.

  • 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. 3504, batch number 21391
A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with glossy black dial and gilt pulsometer scale

1946
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 
€35,200-70,400
$41,000-81,900

sold for CHF90,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018