Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

154 Longines Unusual Oversized and Historically Important, Wittnauer, Pilot’s Wristwatch in Steel With Weems Second Setting System

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 18,200

Lot Description

Model: Weems
Reference: 4356
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940’s
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 37.9
Case N°: 2 378 013
Movement N°: 5 701 341
Dimensions: 47 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Lieutenant Philip Van Horn Weems was a U.S. Navy commander born in Tennessee in 1889 and during his career serving his country at sea, he was the inventor of several navigational innovations. One of its best-known inventions is the Second Setting System, designed to help aviators plot their courses more accurately. Thanks to him it can be said that a new kind of watchmaking was born: Weems deducted that the difficulty in setting the watch came from the fact that, at the time, it was almost impossible to set the second hand exactly. The present model features Weems’ second setting system, with an inner rotating dial to improve accuracy in timing and synchronicity, vital for aviation and on seafaring expeditions which were subsequently patented by Longines in 1935. The lot here offered is remarkable since its steel hinged cuvette has been really well preserved and still very clean and reflective, with no evident signs of wearing. The two-tone dial with white enamel chapter ring and silvered rotating inner discs to set the time in seconds shows Breguet numbers and blued steel moon hands. A true “time capsule” piece, its pristine state of preservation makes it a trophy watch for the connoisseur.