Longines 13ZN Chronograph

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SKU AS01143
SKU AS01143

Why We Love it

The Longines 13ZN has been heralded by collectors and enthusiasts for decades and it's safe to say that it has gained easy entry into the pantheon of definitive timepieces.  

Launched in 1936, the 13ZN chronograph movement was at the leading edge of chronograph production, introducing the world's first flyback function - a feature that allowed the wearer to reset the chronograph without first having to stop it, whereby decreasing intervals between timing events - which became a favorite amongst aviators who relied on the feature to assist them with quick navigational readings.  This added feature increased the case size of the early ZNs, making them quite big for the era (a time when a men's watch was often 30mm or less) and set the tone for pilot's watches tending toward larger case sizes.  

The exceptional nature of the 13ZN sometimes surprises people who are more familiar with contemporary offerings from Longines and forget (or never knew) that the brand was a premier manufacture during the 1940s and 50s, creating in-house movements and complications that some have said rival offerings from Patek Philippe of the same vintage

And, like most watches of the era, the beauty of the 13ZN was not compromised for its technical prowess.  The symmetrical 34mm steel case with stepped bezel melts to gently curved, tapered lugs giving the piece perfect overall proportions.  Beginning in the middle of the sliver dial we find a blue telemeter ring, printed Arabic hour markers, minute track and finally, a 'mileage' track, used for computing distances while aloft.  While it would have been easy for these references to clutter the dial of the watch, here, the execution is done with care and results in a pleasingly technical look that looks neither busy nor overdone.  The blue printing echoes the gorgeous blued-steel feuille hour and minute hand and matching sweep and minute-counting hands which top off the watch with a stunning and sophisticated touch.  

Today, 13ZNs are incredibly hard to come by, making the watch soar to grail heights among many chronograph and military watch enthusiasts.  And, as with many watches of this caliber, there is a glut of faked and put-together watches out there, making an unmolested example like this one extremely sought after.   

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Longines 13ZN Chronograph

Longines 13ZN Chronograph

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Longines 13ZN Chronograph

Why We Love it

The Longines 13ZN has been heralded by collectors and enthusiasts for decades and it's safe to say that it has gained easy entry into the pantheon of definitive timepieces.  

Launched in 1936, the 13ZN chronograph movement was at the leading edge of chronograph production, introducing the world's first flyback function - a feature that allowed the wearer to reset the chronograph without first having to stop it, whereby decreasing intervals between timing events - which became a favorite amongst aviators who relied on the feature to assist them with quick navigational readings.  This added feature increased the case size of the early ZNs, making them quite big for the era (a time when a men's watch was often 30mm or less) and set the tone for pilot's watches tending toward larger case sizes.  

The exceptional nature of the 13ZN sometimes surprises people who are more familiar with contemporary offerings from Longines and forget (or never knew) that the brand was a premier manufacture during the 1940s and 50s, creating in-house movements and complications that some have said rival offerings from Patek Philippe of the same vintage

And, like most watches of the era, the beauty of the 13ZN was not compromised for its technical prowess.  The symmetrical 34mm steel case with stepped bezel melts to gently curved, tapered lugs giving the piece perfect overall proportions.  Beginning in the middle of the sliver dial we find a blue telemeter ring, printed Arabic hour markers, minute track and finally, a 'mileage' track, used for computing distances while aloft.  While it would have been easy for these references to clutter the dial of the watch, here, the execution is done with care and results in a pleasingly technical look that looks neither busy nor overdone.  The blue printing echoes the gorgeous blued-steel feuille hour and minute hand and matching sweep and minute-counting hands which top off the watch with a stunning and sophisticated touch.  

Today, 13ZNs are incredibly hard to come by, making the watch soar to grail heights among many chronograph and military watch enthusiasts.  And, as with many watches of this caliber, there is a glut of faked and put-together watches out there, making an unmolested example like this one extremely sought after.   

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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