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$29,000

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Auction Ended
09/03/21
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Lot #1085

Longines Doppia Lancetta 13ZN-12 Chronograph 5699

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Introduction

Famed for producing one of the world's earliest wrist-mounted chronograph timepieces, Longines' reputation in the world of chronographs is revered, and the watch we have here exemplifies exactly why. Released in the 1940s, the Longines "Doppia Lancetta" ref. 5699 (meaning "double hand" in Italian) is an early example of a pure example of a vintage chronograph with a modern-sized 39.5mm stainless steel case and a dual register display with running seconds subdial at 9 o'clock and a running hour subdial for the chronograph. The ref. 5699's ingenuity comes from its incredible cal. 13ZN-12 movement, which provides its eponymous double hand feature. The "Doppia Lancetta" has a pair of centrally located hands that count the seconds and minutes when its chronograph function is running. A rare watch with around 500 or so units produced, the ref. 5699 is a holy grail reference for chronograph collectors as it combines an iconic movement with Longines' heritage and modern sizing that enables it to be worn as a contemporary timepiece if its owner so chooses.

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Grade

V 8

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Longines Extract from the Archives

Est. value range

$30,000 – $50,000

The Details

Brand

Longines

Dimensions

39.5mm

Model

"Doppia Lancetta" Chronograph

Movement

Manual wind cal. 13ZN-12

Reference

Ref. 5699 (23086)

Bracelet

Brown leather strap

Year

Circa 1940s

Condition

Very Good

Material

Stainless Steel

Included

Longines Extract from the Archives

Dial Color

Champagne

THE DIAL

Found with its original dial and iconic hands, the example we have here has developed a wonderful champagne patina indicative of its age and the rich life it has led over its 70+ years on the wrists of its owners.

THE CASE

Not a slight watch even by today's standards, the ref. 5699's 39.5mm stainless steel case was simply gargantuan in the 1940s when most men's wristwatches were only 30mm-34mm in diameter. Contemporary in its aesthetic, the ref. 5699 features the creature comfort of a modern size without losing its vintage charm.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good original condition. Dial exhibits some signs of age and has a strong patina. Hands are corroded and the luminous has disintegrated, leaving them mostly skeletonized. Luminous material on dial is original. Bezel has a few very faint surface scratches. Caseback has slightly larger surface abrasions which is consistant with average wear. Case is well defined and has sharp edges, exhibiting minimal wear and polish over the years. Strap and buckle are later replacements.

Our Perspective

An incredibly rare timepiece by any metric, the Longines ref. 5699 is a special watch inside and out, with its ingenious and seldom-seen double-hand feature and classically styled design. The basis of most heritage-inspired chronographs today, the ref. 5699 is the real deal that so many watches try to piggyback off of.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

Lot # 1085

Longines Doppia Lancetta 13ZN-12 Chronograph 5699

Sold

$29,000

Ended
09/03/21