Longines. A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and two-tone silvered sector dial
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Longines. A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and two-tone silvered sector dial

SIGNED LONGINES, MOVEMENT NO. 5'540'111, CASE NO. 5'540'111, MANUFACTURED IN 1938

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Longines. A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and two-tone silvered sector dial
Signed Longines, movement no. 5'540'111, case no. 5'540'111, manufactured in 1938
Cal. 12.68Z jewelled mechanical movement, two-tone silvered sector dial, black hard enamel baton and Arabic numerals, outer railway minute divisions, blued steel hands, sweep centre seconds, circular case, soldered bars, snap on back, dial, case and movement signed
37 mm diam.
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Lot Essay

With Longines Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in stainless steel, fitted with a mechanical manually wound movement, calibre 12.68Z, and its subsequent sale on 31 March 1938 to the company Zipper, which was at that time Longines' agent for Poland.

The present timepiece is a particularly fine and attractive example. It is fitted with a highly fascinating dial, featuring all elements a demanding collector looks for: a two-tone finish, combined with the superb sector-design, also known as aviator dial. The unrestored surface is in a beautifully aged condition, most charming and charismatic. Another particularity are the fixed stainless steel bars between the lugs, more commonly found on watches for either military or scientific use.

A similar model with sector dial is illustrated in Longines Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 96-97.

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