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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1948
    Reference No: 5415
    Movement No: 7’222’781, further stamped LXW
    Case No: No, 63, batch No. 23’432, further stamped 63 under the lug
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, Cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch, reference 5415 with caliber 13ZN, was invoiced on January 19, 1948 to the Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co., which was at the time Longines agent in the United States.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mid-20th century Longines stainless steel chronograph wristwatches are one of the most desirable timepieces available on the international market today. They are known both for their rugged masculine appeal and extraordinary caliber 13ZN movement. Introduced in 1936, the 13ZN was a large movement with flyback mechanism allowing the wearer to reset the watch without stopping it. This feature was particularly useful in aviation when dead reckoning flying was required. Watches from this period were offered in cases ranging from 34mm to 38mm, and with snap on backs like the present watch or screw down cases.

    The present example is in lovely original condition and features an extraordinary black glossy dial with gilt lettering. The case has strong proportions and sharp edges. The watch has an elegant appeal and an example of uncompromising quality and desirability. It is a timepiece that any watch connoisseur will treasure.

  • 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. 5415
A rare and very fine stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with black glossy dial and gilt lettering

1948
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$234,000 - 390,000 
€25,800-43,100
$30,000-50,000

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