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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 220

36-hour going marine chronometer, power reserve; mahogany and brass

CHF 1,800 - 2,400

EUR 1,650 - 2,200 / USD 1,950 - 2,600 / HKD 15,100 - 20,100

Mahogany and brass (three-body), 36-hour going, keyless-winding (crown at 12 o’clock), marine chronometer, with bowl mounted on a gimbal; silver colour dial with large suspended Roman numerals with subsidiary seconds at 6 and one horological complication:
· 36-hour power-reserve indication (sector at 12 o’clock)

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Longines, Saint-Imier

Model “Chronometer”

Year circa 1920

Movement No. 3 481 882

Case No. unnumbered

Material mahogany and brass

Diameter 92 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 18.79 ABC, lever escapement

Dimensions 108 x 155 x 153 mm.

Signature dial and movement

Accessories outer wood box (with leather webbing)


The movement No. 3 481 882 (calibre 18.79 ABC) is originally cased in a 14K gold open-face pocket watch. This watch was invoiced on June 5, 1920, to the firm A. Wittnauer Co., Longines’ agent for the U.S.A., with a dial inscribed “Bigelow, Kennard & Co.”, named after a retailer in Boston, MA (U.S.A.).

It is not known at what date this movement was placed in this marine chronometer box.

We would like to thank the Heritage Department of the Longines Manufacture, Saint-Imier, for this information.


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