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7 December 2019 | Monaco | Lot 43

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Longines Attractive and Very Glamorous Single Button Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With a Rare Enamel Roman Number Dial

Estimate € 10,000 – 20,000

Model: Monopusher
Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1919
Case N°: 2969626
Caliber: 13.33Z
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 2969626
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 33 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Certificate
Literature: This specific watch is published in the LONGINES LEGENDARY WATCHES Book on pages 150–151

It was 1913 when Longines developed the iconic caliber 13.33Z which immediatelly became the trademark of the swiss brand. The main characteristic of this specific movement was the use of only one pusher for the chronometer. It was in fact positioned on the crown and with 3 simple touches was possible to start, stop and reset the chrono. 18 jewels, 29 mm of diameter, this movement could also have the pusher at 2 o’clock in some earlier and rare pieces but the most appreciated are the watches cased in gold with enamel dial and crown at 3 o’clock such as the present watch. The style and beauty of these exceptional dial is timeless, also becuase this special tecnique, however fragile and complicated, allowed the quadrant to maintein brightness and last much longer than the classic dials, when stored with care and attention. This very lot is a true beauty for its thin sealed lugs, the yellow gold case absolutely well preserved and the big fluted crown. Moreover, the white enamel dial, as previously said, remain in definetly stunning condition thanks to the care of the past owners with a very shiny black and red color of the roman numerals. Is also sold with the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 29 November 1919 to the company Baume & Co., which was at that time the Longines agent for UK. This special chronograph is one of those pieces which made the history of Longines monopusher and deserves to be treated as such.