Longines Chronograph 4572 Cal. 13ZN - Galvanic Dial

flyback chronograph - original black galvanic dial

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This vintage Longines chronograph reference 4572 from the 1940s is powered by the famous flyback caliber 13ZN and features an ultra rare black galvanic dial.

Longines chronographs from the golden age of 1930s and 1940s enjoy great attention from vintage collectors for a simple reason: Longines was the leading manufacture of chronographs at that time. Those were even higher in quality than their Omega or Rolex counterparts. At the time Longines was one of the few fully vertically integrated companies with an in-house movement production. Among the many interesting references and calibers, the flyback chronographs with caliber 13ZN are among the most sought-after vintage Longines watches. With this caliber, Longines secured its patent for the flyback function.

The chronograph offered here dates back to 1941 and is very valuable due to its caliber. The timepiece becomes absolutely exceptional and ultra-rare thanks to the black dial, which was made using the old galvanic printing technology, which was complicated and expensive. The silver-colored print offers more of a shine and a higher contrast. This type of dial production was common until the 1960s, especially for black glossy dials.

The stainless steel case features beautiful straight step lugs and measures 35mm. Despite the relatively small diameter, the chronograph offers perfect proportions for the wrist due to the absence of the bezel and due to the height of 12mm.

Accompanying the Longines is a vintage blue Longines box. There is also an extract from the official Longines archive from 2020 confirming the originality of the watch.

Condition report
Dial: original black galvanic dial with gorgeous even patina - no scratches and no major marks.

Case: rarely worn - light wear marks - intact numbers inside the caseback.

Movement: in-house manual-wound caliber Longines 13ZN - timegrapher: rate: -13s/day, amplitude: 257, beat error: 0.3.

This Longines 4572 is a prestigious vintage collector's chronograph. The flyback caliber 13ZN is a cult classic and a must-have for collectors of old chronographs from the 30s and 40s. Add to that the super rare black glossy dial with original Galvanic print and you have an exceptional vintage collector's piece.

Movement number: 6039xxx
Order number: 21xxx

Int.Exe.: 3529172

Manufacturer: Longines

Model: Chronograph

Reference: 4572

Functions: chronograph - small running second - hour and minute - stopwatch - 30 minutes counter

Intricacies: Flyback chronograph

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: plexiglass

Delivery Contents: extract of archives - Box

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 35mm

Height: 12mm

Caliber name: Longines 13ZN

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1941

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - light signs of wear

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