Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935. 41mm. Ref: L2.8220.127.116.11. Monopusher chronograph. 2021
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Original box, original papers
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United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Presenting a gorgeous Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935. 41mm Monopusher chronograph with lacquerd dial (Ref L2.818.104.22.168). This watch is super cool and has bags of character and makes for a stunning every day watch with the perfect mix of modern luxury horology and the historical inspired vintage watch charm and wears beautifully on the wrist smaller than you might expect but with the perfect amount of watch presence.
The watch is listed as ‘used’ because it has been worn for some photography, but in reality, it is like new.
Owning a Longines watch offers the chance to own a bit of classy and solid watchmaking history, as they punch well above their weight by adhering to their historic principles of innovation, quality and, above all, elegance. If Longines is a watchmaker good enough for Albert Einstein to wear them as his personal choice of watch, well, what can be said for the rest of us…
• Dimension: 41 mm x 14.1mm thickness : 49mm lug to lug. 21mm lugs
• Movement Type: Automatic Longines CALIBER L788.2 which is a modified ETA A08.L11, which again is a heavily modified Valjoux 7750. The chronograph has been switched over to a column-wheel monopusher. Not something you see every day!
• MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION: Self-winding mechanical movement beating at 28’800 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of approximately 60 hours
• Material: 316L stainless steel case that is period correct with round edges and a full-mirror polish, and a large onion crown
• Dial: White lacquered polished. Blued steel cathedral hands. Painted Arabic numerals in gorgeous smoky orange colour evoking wonderful vintage feelings.
• GLASS: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside
• WATER RESISTANCE: Water-resistant to 3 bar / 30m
• FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock and date
• CHRONOGRAPH: Single-Push piece Chronograph
• Chronograph mechanism: central 60 seconds hand and 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock
• STRAP Longines (unworn) Brown Alligator strap with buckle. And two leather Nato straps included (tan and grey).
Longines continues to keep a close and long-standing connection with the world of aviation. The brand has produced a large number of pilots’ watches and chronographs, on-board equipment and other navigation instruments which aided the development of civil and military aviation during the first half of the 20th century. Today, Longines is bringing this exciting heritage back to life with watches from its “Heritage Avigation” range.
Aviation tugs at our heartstrings on several levels, not least the freedom promised by open skies, the romance of adventure and also the heart-stopping pace with which this field of endeavour has blitz from balloons and dirigibles of bygone eras to jets and rockets that have shrugged off the sound barrier and gravitational pull to extend our reach to the stars.
What hasn’t changed much from back-then to right-now is the need for accurate timekeeping, high reliability, and intuitive reading of timing information within the tight confines and fevered activity in the cockpit. It is for these reasons that pilot’s watches are esteemed on a technical level, in addition to the emotive connection that we feel through its dramatic history.
One of the most distinctive pilot’s watches that have been created over the span of a century is the Longines Type A-7 chronograph. Modelled after a 1930s Type A-7 for the U.S. Army Air Corps, it appears as if the crown were fitted at 12 o’clock with the case then rotated 40 degrees to move it away from the lugs (it would clearly obstruct the strap). Although the dial could simply be straightened within the case, there was a purpose for this unconventional aesthetic as it provided a direct view when a pilot’s arm was outstretched to the controls (and they often wore it on the underside of the wrist).
Whilst the 40-degree offset of this dial saw it marketed as a vintage pilot’s watch, watch collectors note that the watch and its 1930s predecessor have been equally viable as period driver’s watches. The time can be read easily with one hand on the wheel of a car or the yoke of an aircraft.
Longines is a top 5 company in terms of swiss watch global export and was founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. The brand registered its logo in 1889, a winged hourglass, which remains the oldest, unchanged, active trademark in the world. Its first chronograph movement (calibre 20H) debuted in 1878 and like the Avigation Type A-7 1935, it was a mono-pusher that utilized a single button at the crown for all chronograph functions (start, stop and reset). The initial goal was to become a major force in the world of sports, and Longines began timing horse races and other equestrian events in the late 19th century. The company is now an official timekeeper for the French Open, FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, among many other sports.
Longines partnered with Charles Lindbergh as the official timekeeper of his historic flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis and later supplied pilot’s watches for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1930s. The brand previously released the Avigation Type A-7 Limited Edition (Avigation stands for aviation and navigation) with a large diameter and limited count of 100 pieces, but the latest reissue tones things down a bit with a more manageable size and standard availability. The watch is based on a model released in 1935 (hence the name) with oversized Arabic numerals and a porcelain dial.
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