The full set steel Weems Second Setting ref. 4356


Outstanding and exceedingly rare Longines steel Weems ref. 4356, manufactured in 1940’s.

In the early 1930s, the famous American aviator, Charles Lindbergh, designed the Longines Hour Angle using the Weems system that allowed pilots to quickly determine longitude. 

The Weems Second Setting Watch, with a rotating center dial allowing the seconds hand to be synchronized with a reference clock, improved on the Hour Angle. 

The present Weems Second Setting watch is possibly the finest example ever appeared. 

It was retailed on June 28 1948 to Longines-Wittnauer, the Longines USA agent at the time, in accordance with the ‘LXW’ import code found on the movement. 

The oversized 47mm case is in like new condition, probably never worn and certainly never polished. Even the original, unused Longines-signed strap remains fitted. 

The white enamel chapter ring dial is in perfect condition and creates a wonderful two tone effect with the rotating center dial. 

It is surrounded by a wonderful black “chemin de fer” seconds track and enhanced by black breguet numerals.

This example is accompanied by the original Longines guarantee, product literature, and presentation box. 

Rarely do we find a nearly 70-year old timepiece so close to the condition it was when it left the factory. 

A true “time capsule” piece, its pristine state of preservation makes it a trophy watch for the connoisseur.

Serial n.: 23xxx
Calibre: Manual, cal. 37.9
Diameter: 47mm
Accessories: Original Longines guarantee, product literature and presentation box
Manufactured in: 1940’s
Provenance: Phillips auction

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