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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 309

    Longines. A very rare and unusual stainless steel single button flyback chronograph wristwatch with black lacquer dial and central minute register

    SIGNED LONGINES, BREVET, REF. 5681, MOVEMENT NO. 6'984'287, CASE ORDER NO. 23074-105, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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    Longines. A very rare and unusual stainless steel single button flyback chronograph wristwatch with black lacquer dial and central minute register

    Signed Longines, Brevet, Ref. 5681, movement no. 6'984'287, case order no. 23074-105, manufactured in 1946
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12.68Z stop second, 17 jewels
    DIAL: black lacquer, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer ring calibrated for 60 minutes register with central red hand, engine-turned subsidiary seconds
    CASE: stainless steel, stepped bezel, snap on back, fly-back chronograph mechanism operated through a round button in the band, 37.5 mm. diam
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the sale of the present watch on 7 December 1946 to the Company Weil, the manufacture agent for Chile at the time.


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    The present watch is a very rare and attractive version of one of Longines’ legendary chronograph wristwatches. The breveted calibre 12.68 Z stop second features the flyback system which works as a reset function without the need to first stop the chronograph. The central minute register is replacing the usual small subsidiary chronograph counter, the red hand lighting up the dial by its bright and flamboyant colour.

    The combination of the unusual and legendary calibre 12.68 Z stop second movement, the exceptionally beautiful original black dial and the excellent overall condition of the case render this watch an exceedingly rare trophy.

    A similar watch bearing case order no. 23074-111 is illustrated in Longines Watches, by John Goldberger, pp. 142-143.

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