• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 222

    Longines. A very attractive and rare stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered sector dial

    SIGNED LONGINES, REF. 5415, MOVEMENT NO. 7'371'916, CASE NOS. 23'432 AND 284, MANUFACTURED IN 1948

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Longines. A very attractive and rare stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered sector dial
    Signed Longines, ref. 5415, movement no. 7'371'916, case nos. 23'432 and 284, manufactured in 1948
    Cal. 13 ZN mechanical movement, two-toned silvered sector dial, Arabic numerals, red telemetre scale, outer blue tachymetre scale, two sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, snap on back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37.5 mm. diam.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    With Longines Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in stainless steel and with calibre 13ZN, and its subsequent invoicing to Longines-Wittnauer, their agent for the USA at the time, on 7 June 1948.

    Made in-house from 1936, the Longines caliber 13 ZN was the first ever chronograph made with flyback function and has become one of the brand's most sought after calibers amongst collectors. Considering the close involvement of Longines in the production of aviation timepieces, such a watch was a natural progression. Its pupose is to allow resetting of the chronograph while in operation in situations like flying where speed of reset is of the essence. In a standard chronograph the hand must be started, stopped and reset by separate actions.

    Special Notice

    On lots marked with an + in the catalogue, VAT will be charged at 8% on both the premium as well as the hammer price.