Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

159 Longines Nice and Attractive 13ZN Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Black tachymetric Scale Dial, Mushroom Umbrella Buttons and Original Box

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 75,400

Lot Description

Model: Chronograph
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 4270
Year: 1940s
Case N°: 2352 (36)
Caliber: 13ZN
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 5866088
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: box and certificate

In the field of watchmaking, inventiveness and innovation are two of the most important qualities to possess as well as two guidelines for any brand which would like to earn a privileged place at the table of the greatest of all time. These two attributes were the basis for giving life to cases with particular features, lugs with unique shapes and in some rare cases also pushers with an absolutely special physiognomy, which led to indelibly identify some watches. Immediately the thought goes to the reference 1463 by Patek Philippe, better known as “Tasti Tondi” but the examples could be many others. One of these is certainly the rare reference 2352 of Longines, affectionately called by Italian collectors “Pulsanti ad Ombrello” or “Umbrella Pushers”. The lot here offered is a perfectly preserved example of this rare reference: equipped with the caliber 13ZN: the case is in excellent condition, entirely made of steel with snap on back and, indeed, the distinctive umbrella buttons. The black dial is untouched and absolutely unique for its beuaty and rarity: it is further decorated with the addition of tachymetric scale and the inner scale for seconds. The two auxiliary counters are a further detail capable of catching the eye of enthusiasts and beginners. Object decidedly rare, to the best of our knowledge only one another similar example has in fact gone to auction, this watch has all the characteristics to become an essential piece of a high-level collection.

Accompanied by the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 13 July 1940 to the company Ostersetzer, which was at that time the longines agent for Italy.