Longines 13ZN monopusher chronograph 1937 featured in Goldberger book!
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Longines, a renowned Swiss watchmaker, has a rich and illustrious history that spans over 185 years. Founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz, Longines quickly established itself as a pioneer in the field of horology, crafting timepieces of exceptional precision and elegance. Throughout the years, Longines has played a significant role in various milestones of watchmaking, including the development of chronographs, aviation watches, and sports timing devices. With its commitment to quality, Longines has become a symbol of timeless sophistication, attracting a loyal following worldwide. Today, the brand continues to create exceptional timepieces that blend traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation, cementing its position as one of the most respected and sought-after luxury watch brands in the world.
Proud to present, an early Longines 13ZN mono pusher chronograph from 1937. This watch is part of the earliest batches of the Longines 13ZN chronographs. These mono pusher variants of the Longines 13ZN movements have only been made from 1936 to 1939, making these mono pusher configurations a rare species within the line of the famous 13ZN movements.
This early variant of the 13ZN movement was a follow-up for the Longines calibre 13.33, which also had only one button (mono-pusher). This timepiece occupies a captivating transitional phase within the Longines chronograph line, bridging the gap between the 13.33Z, and 13ZN movements. Therefore, this Longines 13ZN calibre earns the nickname ‘transitional 13ZN’.
With a well-preserved 18k yellow gold case measuring 37.5 mm, this timepiece features a rectangular button for start, stop, and reset positioned at 2 o’clock, just above the large original crown. The evenly patinated dial remains untouched and features a delicate decoration: Black Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 ‘o clock, a blue outer telemeter scale (Km/H), and an inner blue tachymeter scale. The exceptional preservation of this timepiece, coupled with its iconic and transitional Longines 13ZN movement, and the captivating original ageing of the dial, sets it apart as a truly remarkable collector’s watch. Furthermore, this is one of the earliest serial numbers I have ever encountered for a Longines 13ZN caliber, making this most probably one of the earliest examples.
Furthermore, the eccentric case shows a crisp hallmark at the left side of the winding crown. In addition, the watch is accompanied by two handmade straps which pay tribute to the original style of the watch. The Longines Extract from the Archives explains that the watch was invoiced on 27 October 1937 to the company Perret, which was a Longines agent at the time in Brazil.