Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 25, 2023

LOT 23


EUR 35,000 - 55,000

USD 38,100 - 60,000 / HKD 300,000 - 470,000 / CHF 34,300 - 54,000

A very rare and attractive stainless steel oversized pilot's single button flyback chronograph wristwatch with center central registers with two dial (white and black).
The watch was sold to the company ''Nederlandsche Horlogehendel'' the Longines agent in the Netherlands.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3-6-8*


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-10-01



HANDS Original

Brand Longines, Switzerland

Reference 5824/23473

Year Purchased on June 27th, 1947

Case No. 7255445

Material Stainless steel

Diameter 47 mm.

Caliber 12.68Z, 17 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives, Additional black dial


Longines (founded in 1832) has a steady and close relationship with the world of aviation, since the beginning of the conquest of the skies, long way to 1919 when Longines became the official supplier of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Later the manufacture produced the Weems System of Navigation (1927-1929) and the Lindbergh (1931), the two very first pilot’s wristwatches.
Originally sold with a black dial as stated by the extract form the archive, this watch is presented with an additional white dial. Up to our knowledge, the configuration with a white dial has never been yet auctioned. It is worth noticing, it was invoiced to the company's agent at the time Nederlandsche Horlogehandel or N.H. in Amsterdam, Holland. It is equipped with the caliber 12.68Z which is a vintage mechanical movement produced in the 1940s and 1950s. This caliber would have been presented to, former technical director, Alfred Pfister (1874-1951). In 1918, he joined the company's Board of Directors, becoming its Managing Director in 1927. During his career, he worked on reducing the thickness of movements and creating numerous avant-garde calibres and products, including watches for aviators.