Lot 219

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle 10 ct gold filled pilots watch

Description:

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle 10 ct gold filled pilots watch. Manual wind movement. Round case with plexi glass, cream dial with silver central disc, blued hour, minute and centre sweep second hands, black Roman numerals, outer minute track and inner black Arabic numerals relating to the central Hour Angle disc. The disc itself features black Arabic numerals at 10 minute increments, red Arabic numerals and an outer minute track. Main crown at 3 o' clock and a secondary crown at 2 o' clock to operate the Hour Angle disc. Rotating bezel with 15 degree graduations. Dial and movement signed. Diameter 33 mm. Thickness 14 mm. Circa 1940s. Currently on a brown leather lizard skin strap with gold coloured pin buckle. Original metal fitted box. Currently in working order, however, Grand Auctions does not guarantee the working order or accuracy of any watches sold. The Hour Angle watch was designed by Charles Lindbergh, the 20th Century American aviator who shot to fame after completing a non-stop trans Atlantic flight from New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Airport in Paris, a distance of some 3,600 miles. Flying in a single seat, single engine monoplane named the Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh completed his epic journey in 33.5 hours. After his feat he wrote to the director of Longines describing in detail a watch that would make navigation easier for pilots. The watch was manufactured to his design and is still produced today.

Auction Date: September 2011

Estimate:

£1800 - £2200

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