PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
LONGINES | 'DOUBLE HAND', REF 5699 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1945
PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
'DOUBLE HAND', REF 5699
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
Calibre: cal. 13ZN manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 6'989'714
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 23'086, 343
Dimensions: 39.5 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Longines Extract from the Archives
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MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the chronograph working. Please note that the minute chronograph hand is not perfectly resetting to zero.
CASE: in honest attractive condition with sharp edges and crisp numbers on the back. There are scratches and small dings throughout that are easily visible with the naked eye.
DIAL: in attractive honest condition with visible signs of aging. The dial has taken on a light and uniform patina with noticeable spotting and there are some surface blemishes such as small scratches and fine cracks throughout. The hands have some noticeable tarnish and some of the luminous material has come off. The radium on the numbers still reacts under UV and fades right after exposure.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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Please note: Condition 15 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
This Longines 'Doppia Lancetta' (which translates to 'double hand' from Italian) is offered by its original family and stands out with its considerable case size, measuring 39.5 mm in diameter. At first glance the watch appears to be a split second chronograph, however, the red central chronograph hand is in fact a minute counter, which differentiates this chronograph from standard ones and makes it considerably more interesting and complicated. The in-house calibre 13ZN is commonly accepted as one of the best chronograph movements ever made and thanks to the 'Doppia Lancetta' the elapsed time can be read with ease.
Offered in very honest condition, the numbers on the case are crisp and the '343' on the case back is repeated on the underside of the lug, thus correctly matching middle case and case back. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a sought-after vintage steel chronograph wristwatch which is further accompanied by a Longines Extract from the Archives.