Longines - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: Circa 1949
    Movement No: 7'434'353
    Case No: 23'643 and 129
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 1268N
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This oversized Longines is extremely unusual for the period and boasts an incredible case. The dial has been preserved in excellent condition, especially when one takes into account the watch has been housed with a snap-on case back. The 37 mm. case provides a very contemporary size, and the dial looks very modern with its Arabic numerals and outer seconds scale.

    Research concludes that the present watch was sold on 22 January 1949 to the Ostersetzer, which was at that time Longines' agent in Italy.

  • 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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A rare and large stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

Circa 1949
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$24,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$52,500

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016