Longines - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Longines
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 7150-1
    Movement No: 11’568’047
    Case No: 368
    Model Name: Super-Compressor
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 290, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the present reference 7150 with serial number 11'568'047 was invoiced on February 22nd, 1962 to Longines' agent for the United States, Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Though perhaps more known for their precise chronographs, Longines, like many brands of the era, also dabbled in diver’s wristwatches in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They first introduced a SuperCompressor reference, with a case made by Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA) with the 7042-1 – an invention first introduced in 1956 to improve water resistance and increasing dive times. SuperCompressor cases are distinguished by their double, cross-hatched crown and internal, unidirectional bezel.

    Longines replaced the 7042-1 with the 7150-1 in the early 1960s, identical in case construction and dial layout, but fitted with the more reliable caliber 290 rather than the 19AS. Both references retain the same attractive glossy, gilt dial with luminous material applied to the hour markers and handset, and the spade-like hour handset. They are sleek and elegant, less rugged than some other divers, with a scuba diver with a spear gun engraved on the caseback. The “automatic” script at 6 o’clock is written in a somewhat incongruous, delicate script, reminiscent of the “amagnetic” on Patek’s reference 3417. Offered in crisp condition with a beautifully preserved dial, the present reference 7150-1 is a gem for those with a keen eye for vintage treasures.

  • 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. 7150-1
An early and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with rotating inner bezel and glossy black dial

1962
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

Estimate
$6,000 - 12,000 
CHF5,700-11,400
€5,800-11,600
HK$46,900-93,900
S$8,200-16,500

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022