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

186 Longines Very Attractive and Unusual, 13 ZN, Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Tachymeter and Telemetric Scales Dial, Reference 3901, With Original Box and Certificate

Estimate: € 7,000 –⁠ 14,000

Sold € 19,500

Lot Description

Model: Chronograph
Reference: 3901
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 13ZN
Case N°: 20 117 (33)
Movement N°: 5 792 489
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Certificate
Literature: This specific watch is published in the LONGINES LEGENDARY WATCHES book on pages 350–351

The present lot is one of the nicest examples ever produced for a 1940s chronograph. The three bodies, solid stainless steel case with a snap on the back is a perfect representative of the unmistakable “Longines-style”. It is nicely preserved in original conditions and presents a stepped flat bezel, two very unusual tilting mobile lugs and rectangular chronograph buttons. The caliber is the famous 13ZN rhodium plated with self-compensating Breguet balance spring and fly back mechanism. The sophisticated black dial is a real joy for the eyes for its nicely preserved color, its intricate composition with external telemeter scale, inner spiral tachometer scale, Arabic numbers all made with gilt print and the two subsidiary counter for constant seconds and 30 minutes registration. Absolutely remarkable for quality and features, this watch is a real dream for any Longines collectors. Accompanied by the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 30 November 1940 to the company Weil, which was at that time the Longines agent for Chile.