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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1940
    Reference No: 3474
    Movement No: 5’827’616
    Case No: 5’827’616
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present timepiece and invoiced on 30th June 1940 to the company Wirth in Switzerland.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present timepiece is a perfect example of the enigmatic style of the 1940s chronograph wristwatch. Regarded as one of the most important manufacturers of chronograph wristwatches at the time, Longines first introduced their in-house cal. 13.33Z in 1913 featuring a Breguet hairspring beating at 18,000 vph. In 1936, the firm introduced arguably their most important chronograph cal. 13ZN.

    The present Longines ref. 3474 from 1940 powered by cal. 13ZN is a wonderful example encased in an 18K yellow gold 34mm diameter case with a “glossy” black dial with gilt text. Extremely attractive, the combination of the yellow gold case contrasted against a black gilt dial is always desirable. Exuding strong vintage aura and confirmed by a Longines Extract from the Archives, the present example will surely please aficionados of vintage chronograph timepieces.

  • 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. 3474
An attractive and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with “glossy” black dial and tachymeter scale

1940
34mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 200,000 
€16,200-21,600
$19,200-25,600

Sold for HK$189,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020