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.

170 Longines Very Fine and Attractive 30CH Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Silver Tachymetric and Telemetric Scales Dial, With Original Box and Papers

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Lot Description

Model: Chronograph
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 1670622
Year: 1956
Case N°: 123
Caliber: 30CH
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 9788453
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: box, additional strap, guarantee and Certificate

Have already been described, within the pages of this catalogue, the evolution of the Longines chronograph calibers, starting from the 13.33Z, passing to the 13ZN till ending with the 30CH. This two last movements basically had the same exact functionality but the 30CH was equipped on watches with more sporty design if compared to the others, following the fashions and demands of the post second world war society. The request of solid cases reliable and with a good aesthetic taste led Longines to privilege the stainless steel as material used giving birth to some very sophisticated and dressy versions of wristwatches. The present lot here offered embodies these ideas and is a very attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph with 30CH caliber. The graceful lugs and the round pushers are the perfect complement to the delicate curved and stepped case in nice conditions which is further embellished with a stainless steel bracelet with grain de riz texture. The silvered dial has gained a nice patina which now shows a hint of light golden color but that hasn’t affected at all the shine and delicacy of the red inner telemeter scale and the blu outer tachymter one. The two engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register are assisted by applied arabic and teardrop numerals while slightly below the 12 stands proud and noble the applied Longines Logo. The present Longines chronograph is a superb example of beauty and strength as well as perfect specimen of Longine’s “golden era”.
With the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 17 January 1957 to the company Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co., which was at that time the Longines agent for the USA.