Longines - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1966
    Reference No: 7594-3
    Movement No: 13’218’654
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 290, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Longines stainless steel bracelet, max length 195 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Longines stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming the watch was invoiced on 16 September 1966 to the company Binda, which was at the time Longines’ agent for Italy.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the world of horological art, nothing can compare to the purely enigmatic aesthetics of a “tropical” dial. A sun-kissed dial can acquire a unique tropical glow varying from a very intense milk chocolate to a sophisticated color of double espresso. There is, however, something undeniably appealing about the dial of the present watch that has gone tropical, as it displays the top-down ombré graduating from a burnt umber tone to a hue of caramel gold.

    Apart from its fine appearance, the watch is equally fascinating in terms of its functionality. Instead of an outer bezel to time diving lapses, Longines opted for an ingenious rotating inner bezel that can be altered via the crown located at 2 o’clock. To guarantee water resistance, Longines contacted case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez who had patented a “super compressor” case, whereby the deeper the watch went, the tighter the back sealed against the gasket. Fresh to the market, according to our research, the watch truly deserves to be called an artwork for the wrist.

  • 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. 7594-3
A rare and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with bracelet, sweep center second, inner rotating bezel and tropical dial

42 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$118,750

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019