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18ct Longines pocket watch, 1910
An historically important 18 carat gold 'Hunter' pocket watch by Longines (Est.1842) gifted to Italian driver Giuseppe Campari (1892-1933) by Alfa-Romeo. The exterior of the case on both sides is profusely engraved with flowers, fruit and foliage surrounding a central engraved cartouche, and the case opens to reveal a plain, white porcelain face with Roman numerals and seconds dial, with engraving on the inside of the gold cover:
‘Al Pilota Campari per la Grande Vittoria Alfa-Romeo’.
The watch is in its original fitted hardwood presentation case lined with a deep red velvet with easel stand and Longines gold-printed silk to the inside of the lid. Bearing an 18K gold stamp, as well as serial number 1444134, this watch dates to approximately 1910, but was presented to Campari later, as he was driver for Alfa-Romeo from 1914 to 1933.
After moving over to Maserati briefly in early 1933, Campari was to return to driving for Alfa at the end of that Summer, tragically to be killed at Monza in September that year.