7 December 2019 | Monaco | Lot 171
Longines Particular and Definitely Attractive Single Button Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Double Minute Scales and Original Box
Estimate € 10,000 – 20,000
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 3081
Case N°: 5116948
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 5116948
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 33 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Box and Certificate
Literature: This specific watch is published in the LONGINES LEGENDARY WATCHES book on pages 160–161
Accompanied by the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 4 June 1936 to the company Wirth, which was at that time the Longines agent for Switzerland.
The present lot is a remarkable representative of the production of Longines at the biginning of the first half of the XX century. This special chronograph has the stunning complication of the monopusher, with single button coaxial to the crown to start, stop and reset the central hand of the chrono. The 14k yellow gold case is in great conditions considering the almost 90 years of age and is composed of 3 solid bodies with a snap on case back which made easier to open the watch and check the movement. The caliber equipped on this watch is the famous caliber 13.33Z, the first wristwatch chronograph movement ever produced by Longines in 1913. The crown at 3 o’clock permits the owner to adjust the time and the small pusher on it is the little details which let the magic begins: the first push starts the chronograph, the second stops it and the third reset everything. The argentè dial is simply amazing with its special and absolutely sought after two tones style, moreover the quadrant is starting showing a very fashinating principle of patina which is always very appreciated by many collectors of vintage watches. the present piece will impress any collector with its elegant simplicity and complexity.