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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 229

LONGINES LINDBERGH "HOUR-ANGLE" AVIATOR'S WATCH, STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel, manual-winding, round-shaped, hour-angle, centre-seconds, aviator's wristwatch Revolving bezel with blue and black enamelled 15 degrees graduation and graduated band; the ball-shaped winding-crown activates the hour and minute hands; the crown at 4 o'clock actives the revolving central dial

Brand Longines

Model "Hour-Angle"

Reference Ref. 4365

Year Circa 1945

Caliber 37.9

Bracelet Brown leather strap

Accessories Extract from the Archives

Dimensions Ø 47 mm.

Signed Dial, case and movement

HKD 200,000 - 360,000

CHF 25,000 - 45,000 / USD 25,600 - 46,000

Sold: HKD 220,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-6

Good

Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

The Extract from the Archives, dated September 2018, mentioned that this watch was delivered to the Longines agent, Seelich, Bratislava (Slovaquia), on June 18, 1947. Longines "Hour-Angle" watch The "Hour-Angle" system was invented by Philip Van Horn Weems of the Annapolis Naval Academy, an authority in the 1920's and 1930's. He trained the famous Charles A. Lindbergh, who set the record for the first non-stop transoceanic flight. The watch, as a navigational instrument for airplane pilots, is used in conjunction with a sextant and the appropriate nautical tables, to permits the rapid computation of the Greenwich hour angle, that is, the aircraft's longitude. The large ball-shaped winding-crown enables the watch to be wound by a pilot wearing gloves. It is practically impossible to build a commercial timepiece which will keep time to the exact second under the conditions met in a ship or in an aeroplane. The inevitable variation from true time necessitated an extra calculation in navigation to compensate for this Chronometer error. Weems noted that in an airplane moving at speeds of 200 to 300 miles an hour or more, the time required for calculating Chronometer error was a danger that should be eliminated. Since the high gear ratio made it impractical to set the second hand to the dial, Weems chose to set the dial to the hands. The seconds dial in the centre of the watch is rotated by turning a crown or by depressing the small stem on other models. For navigational purposes, Greenwich Meantime is indicated directly. This model of watch was worn by Charles A. Lindbergh at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris, the airfield where he landed after opening on May 20-21, 1927, the Atlantic to aviation with his historic solo flight from New York. The Longines Weems watch is made in two models. The smaller model is useful not only for sea navigators and aircraft pilots, but particularly radio broadcasters as well as others, such as civil engineers who require exact time. Bibliography Forster, Jack, "The Science, History and Romance behind the Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch", in www.hodinkee.com.