Sweet dreams are made of...

Dec 22, 2020,02:16 AM

Hi all,

Echoing a post from Nico on the Longines 13ZN mushroom pushers I want to share a dream come true this year and also a bit of a vintage collector's journey!...

Having been collecting for many years I have gone through all the phases of a collector's journey that some of you know...discovering, excitement, dreaming, accumulating, defining themes, concentrating, selling, swapping, questioning, horofatigue, rabbit holing...name them...but still dreaming...

Then part of the game is making dreams come true...

This is what happened this year...after a lot of thinking, talking with other fellow collectors...I decided to sell 5 very nice and beloved watches to access one of my grails...the Longines 13zn12 "Sommatore" so here it is...

Perfectly imperfect as vintage collectors like them, or should we say nicely aged!   This watch ticks many boxes...Big size 39.5mm, chunky waterproof case, big crown, one of he most beautiful chronograph movements ever made the Caliber 13ZN with a special complication, the center minute counter, explaining the double sweep seconds hands, also named Doppia lancette by our italian friends. It also features a clean white dial with 2 big sub registers and a sporty pop of colors with the blue and red hands. the dial is far from perfect, the radium indexes have gotten darker, but it is original, this was produced in 1946 hence as a small case number (54) in the limited production, Longines wouldn't communicate the number of pieces produced but several sources seem to indicate 500.  

So Collectors dreams are made of this...and just to continue to have more dreams...

Enjoy the pics

All the best


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Sincere congratulations on acquiring your dream piece...these are precisely the stories that make our hobby so beautiful!đŸ˜‰đŸ¥‚

 By: FabR : December 22nd, 2020-03:33
PS. I moved this thread to HoMe, which is the appropriate section for it (and it also shows on the Front Page). Cheers.


 By: MattS : December 22nd, 2020-06:11
thanks, best. Matt

Beautifully photographed ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 22nd, 2020-03:41
Congratulations on getting this one and continuing your collecting journey.

what a journey!...

 By: MattS : December 22nd, 2020-06:12
indeed!...you don't know where this can take you!... Matt

Good luck đŸ˜‰

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 22nd, 2020-10:27


 By: MattS : January 11th, 2021-04:34


 By: MattS : December 22nd, 2020-14:47
Glad you enjoy! Matt

Congratulations, well done

 By: dedestexhes : December 22nd, 2020-03:51
I hope to join the club since years, still not done. Who knows 2021? Dirk

Wish you all the best

 By: MattS : December 23rd, 2020-08:44
And especially to succeed in your quest! Matt

Fantastic Matt, congrats.

 By: Jay (Eire) : December 22nd, 2020-04:15
Question for you. With a watch like this had you actually held one in the metal before you began the chase? If not, did you subsequently get to see one in the metal before this one? It’s obviously something many of us do, buy watches without actually seei... 

your eyes are the best judge

 By: MattS : December 22nd, 2020-05:19
hi Jay, indeed i had seen several Sommatore...I guess about 6-8 in the flesh and I had dreamed about owning one for some years!...then at the last auctions in Geneva, this one was offered!...I went for the viewing before bidding as well...with Covid the A... 

thanks Nico

 By: MattS : December 22nd, 2020-05:20
Indeed that is a bit of an end game when it comes to vintage chronographs...a grail! Matt

FĂ©licitations! Well done on this special Longine

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 22nd, 2020-04:48

Thank you!

 By: MattS : December 23rd, 2020-08:44


 By: MattS : January 2nd, 2021-15:36
Best to


 By: MattS : December 26th, 2020-23:06

Perfect proportions

 By: MattS : December 26th, 2020-12:45
A timeless classic now Matt

Well done! Thanks for sharing the story and your journey behind this piece!

 By: BigAppleBill : December 22nd, 2020-08:21
It must be very satisfying when the long hunt has such excellent results.

Thanks for your kind words

 By: MattS : December 25th, 2020-08:30
It is indeed a very special feeling to see aome dreams come true! Matt

A bit late but hopefully not too late.. To convey my sincerest Congrats to this 13ZN12 Longines Chrono !

 By: hs111 : December 25th, 2020-08:42
I can imagine your joy and happiness when you realized you had won the bid. It’s a great Vintage piece and it has got it all ! Continue to enjoy it in the very Best of your health. Season’s Greetings also to the upcoming New Year ! Best, hs

Thank you

 By: MattS : December 26th, 2020-06:06
Indeed a special moment when you realize a dream! Best to you Matt


 By: MattS : December 26th, 2020-06:07
All of this!?...Thanks...Matt

Longines was the arbiter of elegance . . .

 By: Dr No : December 27th, 2020-16:47
. . . when it came to chronographs, in my humble opinion. And reducing your inventory to add a 13ZN is the essence of what it means to be a passionate collector. Congrats, Matt. If Nicolas throws a Paris bash next year, I hope you'll bring this one to the... 

Thanks Art

 By: MattS : December 28th, 2020-02:20
Best, Matt

Hello dear Matt, and happy New Year!!!

 By: renerod : January 2nd, 2021-17:14
Congratulations on finding such a beautiful watch, and the strap you paired with it is just perfect!!! I don't dare to ask you which five of your gorgeous collection you did let go, but I imagine they were also great ones. Perfectly imperfect, or like the... 

thanjs René

 By: MattS : January 4th, 2021-02:57
Indeed I had to let go some nice pieces...but one has to make choices, and at least I enjoyed them in the meantime, up to 10 years for one!...and they now make other collectors happy! And as I know where they went I even can see them from time to time in ... 

It is like with puppies, I prefer to give them to people I know

 By: renerod : January 4th, 2021-16:58
And whom I know will give a good home to them, pardon the comparison. Maybe someday I will dare to ask you for your beautiful 1675 PCG Best regards. René

What. What a watch.

 By: darmatgre-1 : January 6th, 2021-14:53
The 13ZN is at the very top in the world of vintage chronographs (or really all chronographs for that matter). Yours is amazing. Darren


 By: MattS : January 7th, 2021-00:03
indeed, this is something quite special, a delight to wear Matt

Big congrats dear Matt on this superb catch. Somehow your post...

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2021-09:53
... passed without reading till today. Sorry! The watch is spectacular and I can well understand your decision of letting go some other pieces to fund it. This is part of the game for a serious collector fulfilling dreams. And this watch is truly a dream!... 

thank you Abel!

 By: MattS : January 12th, 2021-08:03
all the best to you as well for 2021 Matt

Horological dreams sometimes come true

 By: VinnieD : January 13th, 2021-08:09
These hands and dial - wow! Not even starting talking about the movement. Superb in all aspects

thanks for your nice words

 By: MattS : January 14th, 2021-05:12
indeed, a superb piece Matt