Longines - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: Circa 1938
    Movement No: 5'497'882
    Case No: 5'497'882
    Material: Stainless steel and silver
    Calibre: Mechanical, 18.69N, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Dimensions: 47.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed, movement and case numbered

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Longines Hour Angle was the first watch capable of meeting the requirements for pilots during long distanced flights. Designed by the American aviator, Charles Lindbergh, the dial allows direct reading of the hour angle of Greenwich. The present watch is in really crisp and exceptional condition. The dial is beautiful and free of any imperfections. The case and bezel are in overall exceptional condition with only the lightest of surface wear. Research concludes that Longines sold the present watch on 28 February 1938 to Wirth, which was the manufacture's agent for Switzerland at the time.

  • 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 fine and very rare and oversized stainless steel and silver aviators hour angle wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and enamel dial

Circa 1938
47.5 mm. diameter
Dial and movement signed, movement and case numbered

HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016