Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 14, 2017

LOT 24

LEONIDAS "PILOT'S WATCH", KINGDOM OF YUGOSLOVIA Leonidas, case No. 144961. Made circa 1921. Fine and very rare, large, Staybrite aviator's wristwatch with elapsed time indication.

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

HKD 56,000 - 72,000 / USD 7,000 - 9,000

Sold: CHF 12,500

Three-body, solid, polished, revolving bezel with dart hour markers, serrated edges, wide down turned lugs, snap-on caseback with military engraving. Black with painted Arabic numerals, sunk guilloché subsidiary seconds dial, outer minute track. Gilt feuille hands. Cal. 35.5 S- T1, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, straightline lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-01

Very good


HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 41 mm. THICKNESS 10 mm. This watch is an extremely rare Leonidas genuine serbian issued '1928 Pattern' watch, rotational bezel with internal pointer, great original black gilt dial markers, with the propeller symbol. The almost identical version can be found made by Longines and retailed by the Belgrade retailer; Milan T. Stefanovich. This watch has been specially issued by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1930 The Kingdom of Yugoslavia Air arm was also known as the Vazduhoplovsto vojske kraljevine Jugoslavije (Air Force of the Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) - VVKJ.