Longines - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1938
    Reference No: 4375
    Movement No: 5'677'955
    Case No: 20'118
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17.26, jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Generic stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the invoicing of the present timepiece on November 22nd, 1938.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sporting a 44mm case - literally gargantuan for the time - and black gloss luminous dial, the present piece features the basic characteristics of a tool or military timepiece, where legibility had to be maximized above all else.

    Wonderfully preserved in its original condition, such combination of large steel case and luminous black dial renders the watch very much in line with today's fashion, making this timepiece not only a superb collector's watch, but also a highly wearable proposition for the aficionado of vintage timepieces with an eye on current trends.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 4375
A charming, uncommon and oversized stainless steel wristwatch with black glossy luminous dial

44mm Diameter
Dial and movement signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF9,525

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023