Longines Big Eye Ref 7981-1 1960s Caliber 30CH 40mm Chronograph Red Bezel RareLongines
For auction is a rare 1960's Longines ref 7981-1 'Big Eye' caliber 30CH manual winding chronograph unpolished all original very nice. The first tier of Longines Chronographs (and arguably all chronographs) are 13ZN's. The Big Eye houses a caliber 30CH which is the movement that came after the 13ZN and is also extremely fine and highly regarded. Of all the 30CH the Big Eye sits at the top of the pile in collector estimation. A veritable bargain as compared to a lot of high priced 13ZN pieces it is a special piece in that it is oversized, incredibly sporty with its burgundy colored bezel and has the iconic oversized 30 minutes register (hence the nickname Big Eye). This particular example is as honest and original as they come: unpolished case, all original dial, an overall very good collection worthy piece.
Ref #: 7981-1
Diameter: 40 mm w/out crown, 44 mm w/crown, 47 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 20 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 20 mm strap)
Height: 13.5 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 75 grams
Movement: Longines caliber 30CH
Strap/Bracelet: High grade Welsbro vintage style veg tan red leather strap made in Italy, a perfect compliment to the bezel color
Case: Stainless steel with ghosted rotating red aluminum bezel insert showing some wear, overall very nice all original unpolished condition case with original crown and pushers
Dial: Matte black with applied tritium baton markers, outer silvered tachymeter chapter, oversized 30 minutes silver counter at 3 o'clock and normal sized subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock, red cross-hair, baton hands
Condition: 82% (8.2 of 10): very nice original pre-owned condition, very good case and dial, working correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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