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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 5824-4
    Movement No: 9’939’065
    Case No: 0266
    Model Name: Stopeseconde
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12.68Z, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Webbed cloth Nato
    Dimensions: 47.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was invoiced on November 1, 1956 to Hattori, which was at the time Longines' agent for Japan.
    Literature: For another example of the reference 5824, see Longines, Legendary Watches, John Goldberger pp 278-279

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present mid -20th century example is well preserved with a case that retains its strong proportions with a lovely aged dial with original luminous numerals the have turned a dark brown. The rotating bezel features an inclined 60unit scale and continually running chronograph hand, that rests to zero through the single button in the case. The oversize onion crown assured easy to grip when setting the watch with a gloved hand. While the 47.5mm case was necessary at the time for readability it would have been too large for the every day, when watches typically measured a mere 30-33mm. The present example has a Japanese inscription, which is confirmed the manufacturer, the watch was sold in 1956 to Hattori, the Longines retailer at the time and delivered to the Japanese air force. The watch is known as the Tensoku-Dokei, or celestial watch. Today, pilot watches have a strong masculine look that fits easily into the modern aesthetic. The present watch is a fine example and makes an excellent addition to a collection focused on design, modernity and technical ingenuity.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 5824-4
A rare and attractive stainless steel oversized single button flyback chronograph pilot’s wristwatch with black military dial and central register

1956
47.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 320,000 
€22,100-35,300
$25,600-41,000

Sold for HK$250,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018