Longines - Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers Geneva Friday, November 8, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: Circa 1942
    Reference No: 4974
    Movement No: 6'342'624
    Case No: 22026/70
    Model Name: "Tre-Tacche"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 37,5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Giudici Milano
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming invoice of the present watch on September 3, 1942 to the company Ostersetzer, Longines agent in Italy
    Literature: The same reference with the same dial configuration is illustrated on Longines Legendary Watches by John Goldberger, pp 376, 377

  • Catalogue Essay

    The caliber 13ZN is considered by many collectors as the most beautiful chronograph movement ever produced. Launched in 1936, this caliber featured a flyback chronograph, that allowed the wearer to reset the chronograph without having to push the stop button to reset. Extremely popular amongst pilots, this technological prowess allowed for precision timing of two sequential events, and aided in navigation as a critical feature in the early days of aviation.
    The present watch is an extremely attractive example of a reference 4974 from the early 40s. The large, water resistant and antimagnetic case houses the precious caliber. To complement this combination, the watch displays a superbly patinated sandwich dial with gilt Arabic numerals and baton indexes further adorned by the retailer's signature Giudici Milano. The so-called “sandwich dial” to refer to the three dimensional aspect provided by its two layers’ construction, gives the watch an arresting look.
    The present “Tre Tacche” nicknamed for the three notches carved into the caseback is an outsanding collectible, yet practical and elegant watch preserved in excellent condition, the present Longines is a worthy addition to a collection of exceptional chronograph timepieces.

  • 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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Ref. 4974
A very attractive and large stainless-steel chronograph wristwatch with “sandwich” dial and steel bracelet

Circa 1942
37,5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Giudici Milano

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF75,000

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Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers

Geneva Auction 9 November 2019