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.

53 Longines Unusual, Rare and Large 13ZN Single Button Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Arabic Numbers, Champagne Dial and Mobile Lugs

Estimate: € 18,000 –⁠ 35,000

Sold € 20,800

Lot Description

Model: Monopusher
Material: 14k Yellow Gold
Year: 1936
Case N°: 5360898
Caliber: 13ZN
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 5360898
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives
Literature: This specific watch is published in the LONGINES LEGENDARY WATCHES book on pages 326–327

The trademark of Longines, thanks to the technological research it has always dedicated to, has always been exremely efficient, innovative and beautiful chronographes. The calibers 13.33Z and the 13ZN nowadays are extremely well know and sought after by watches aficionados and everytime happens to see one at auction it is able to attract the attention of collectors all over the world. This sale represent the chance to see some of the nicest watches aver produced by Longines such as the present lot. The 18k yellow gold case is fresh, crisp and manteins the beauty from the days it was produced. The wire lugs totally reflect the style of the manufacturing period and remind to the style of the old pocket watches. Looking at the yellow gold dial, is impossible to not notice the extremelly well preserved condition of it, the blue steel moon-style hands and the always fashinating breguet numerals. Last but not least, and most important feature of this special watch, is the monopusher complication with the button positioned at 2 o’clock instead of 3. This characteristic is something really difficult to find and the pieces with this feature are extremelly sought after, moreover if considered the conditions of preservation of the whole watch. Turning the wristwatch, is possible to see on the case back the engraving dedicated to Jozefa Becka (1894–1944), Poland’s foreign minister from 1932 to 1939 who attempted to maintain a non-threatening attitude toward both the Soviet Union and Germany while strengthening alliances with France and Romania.

With the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 8 February 1937 to the company Zipper, which was at that time the Longines agent for Poland.