The new watches are based on a Longines model produced in the 1920s. Three different models are available: A three-hand version, a second zonetime indication and a single push-piece chronograph…
The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown is the ideal accessory for an urban jungle pilot. With its 41 mm diameter, its black dial featuring white numerals and gold-plated, luminous, pear-shaped hands it is extremely easy to read even in the semi-darkness of a bar, nightclub or cockpit.
The bezel is also marked with a single index and can be turned in both directions, enabling the pilot to set his reference points. Thanks to the fluted decoration around the bezel, it can be manipulated with great precision.
And as for the oversize crown and winding stem, which stand away from the case, they would enable a real pilot even wearing gloves good access to the bezel without coming into contact with the crown.
In the original model, such a bezel enabled the pilots to record time data when chronographs were still rare, as well as to record the times of important events when they were on a mission or, then and now, times of meetings.
While The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown has retained the basic design of the original model, it is fitted with a mechanical, self-winding movement and available in three stainless steel versions that are all guaranteed to enthrall the most demanding customers.
The basic version shows the hours, minutes and seconds (Caliber L615 = ETA 2895/2), while an alternative model has a second zonetime indication (Caliber L704.2 = ETA A07 171) and the third is a single push-piece chronograph fitted with Longines’ exclusive column-wheel chronograph movement (Caliber L788 = ETA A08.L11). The new Longines` cost in the order listed above: 1.650 Euro, 2.100 Euro and 2420 Euro including 20 VAT in Austria.
The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown will probably fascinate fans of aviation watches as well as those keen on today’s rare timepieces that boast the beauty of a pedigree.
By the way: each piece in this new line is numbered.