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The specialist's choice – Carl Palmegren lists favourites among watches


Specialists choice

Carl Palmegren


We have spoken with Carl Palmegren, Head Specialist Watches, who talks about the selection at this season's Important Timepieces.






Longines, "Lindbergh, Hour Angle, Navigator", "Oversized"


Lot number 97 is a pilot watch from Longines with a rich history. The model Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle was developed in the early 1930s in collaboration with Charles Lindbergh, who a few years earlier carried out the first solo flight non-stop across the Atlantic. The model was launched by Longines in 1932 and made it possible for pilots to use the piece to locate themselves geographically based on longitude reading. The watch measures 47.5 mm in diameter and has an oversized crown. This rarity is also in a very fine original condition and comes with an extract from Longines, which confirms that the watch was made in 1948.


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Rolex, Submariner, "Pointed Crown Guards, Chapter Ring, Exclamation Point, Gilt Dial"


Lot number 100 is an unusual and early variant of the well-known diving watch Submariner from Rolex. Rolex launched the model in 1953, and reference 5512 was presented in 1959 and is considered the reference that set the standard for how the diving watch came to look until today. The auction's 5512 is from 1962 and has so-called Pointed Crown Guards that aim at the shape of the crown guards. We only see these pointed guards on these early models of the reference. The watch also has a very unusual dial with a so-called Chapter Ring. Furthermore, this watch also has a so-called Exclamation Point dial. These dials were made only for a short period around 1962 and are defined by the small dot of luminescent material found under the hour marker at six o'clock. Why Rolex used this type of dial for a short time is not entirely certain, but the most common theory is that this was a sign that these dials contain a lower amount of radium compared to previous variants.

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Enicar, Sherpa Graph, chronograph, "Mark 1a", "Gladius hands", "Tachymeter Base 1000", "Bengt Ohrelius"


Lot number 65 is a very unusual Enicar Sherpa Graph "Mark 1". The model was introduced in 1960 and is a model developed for racing. To help with the marketing, Enicar had the ! star Stirling Moss, and in campaigns, the so-called "Mark 1" watch can be seen together with the F1 driver. These "Mark 1" are extremely rare at auction and stand out with their distinctive hands. Furthermore, the watch has an exciting provenance from Bengt Ohrelius, who was responsible for PR during the rescue of the Vaasa ship. Bengt received this watch as a gift for his participation in the project. He has also written the book Vaasa, the king's ship.



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Contact category specialist


Carl  Palmegren
Stockholm
Carl Palmegren
Head Specialist Watches
+46 (0)739 40 08 23
Simon Naeslund
Stockholm
Simon Naeslund
Assistant Watch Specialist
+46 (0) 73 595 68 75