7 December 2019 | Monaco | Lot 136
Longines Fine and Attractive 13ZN Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Two-Tone Silver Telemetre and Tachymter Scales Dial, Fancy Straight Lugs and Original Box and Guarantee
Estimate € 16,000 – 35,000
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 4994
Case N°: 22125 (117)
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 6366203
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Box, original guarantee and Certificate
Literature: This specific watch is published in the LONGINES LEGENDARY WATCHES book on pages 364–365
The beauty and complication of the in-house calibers produced by Longines is timeless. Both the 13.33Z and the 30CH, first and third of the family of the movement manufactured from 1913 are always very appreciated by many collectors and passionate of chronographs. But if there’s one caliber that always manages to amaze and make a true connoisseur’s eyes shine is the 13ZN. Its big diameter (30 mm wide) was purposeful since it had to be placed into several aviation-oriented chronographs. Moreover its flyback function was really helpful since allowed the user to not stop the chronograph before resetting it. This caliber is the one equipped on the beautiful lot offered here. This Longines reference 4381 strikes for the fancy straight lugs and the thin stainless steel case with snap on back in beautiful conditions. The two rectangular buttons start stop and reset the chronograph hand. The dial is even more fascinating with its two-tone configuration, further embellished by multi colored scales, black roman numerals and two subsidiary counters for constant seconds and 30 minutes registration. This example has many unusual features that can make the heart of the collector beat faster.
With the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 28 October 1942 to the company Ostersetzer, which was at that time the Longines agent for Italy.