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Longines. A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two tone dial
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Longines. A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two tone dial

SIGNED LONGINES, REF. 4813, MOVEMENT NO. 6’826’287, CASE NOS. 21521, 55, CIRCA 1945

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Longines. A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two tone dial
Signed Longines, ref. 4813, movement no. 6’826’287, case nos. 21521, 55, circa 1945
Movement: mechanical, cal. 13ZN, 17 jewels, stamped “LXW”
Dial: silvered, two tone, Arabic numerals
Case: snap on back with double flap
Signed: case, dial and movement
Dimensions: 35 mm. diam.
With: Longines Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in steel, bearing reference 4813, and fitted with manually wound mechanical movement calibre 13ZN, and its subsequent sale to Longines-Wittnauer, at the time their agent for the U.S.A.
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.

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Lot Essay

The present piece is a very rare representative of this model. Its aesthetics are defined by a strong case design, the polished stepped bezel making it appear even larger than its already above-average for the time 35 mm. case. The double flap to the case back was meant as a leverage point when opening the back. Its correct position when the case is closed should be between the lugs at 12.
From a mechanical point of view, the piece is powered by the hallowed 13ZN calibre, one of the most appreciated vintage chronographic movements ever made.
The mechanical appeal, case aesthetics and rarity of the model would be enough to entice the most selective of the collectors, but the icing on the cake is the extremely attractive and absolutely original two tone dial, making this timepiece without a doubt one of the most appealing and collectible Longines chronographs of the time to recently appear at auction.

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