It’s that time of year when things really ramp up pre a number of key watch shows. In advance of the largest of the lot – Baselworld – Longines have introduced the ‘Twenty-Four Hour’s pilots watch.
In the 1950’s Longines supplied watches to the Swiss national airline, Swissair. These timepieces, which had been developed specifically from the brand’s aviators’ watches, had a very distinctive 24-hour dial. This technical characteristic met the needs of navigators who, at the time, had to determine the position of the aircraft and set up a flight plan. Longines has now re-issued this watch for both historical and functional reasons, as well as for the aesthetic attraction it still holds.
The case, in stainless steel, measures 47.5mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and an engraved back cover on top of a sapphire display back. It is water resistant to 30 meters.
Movement is the Swiss automatic Longines L704.2 (base Valgranges A07-171) with 24 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 2 days. Functions are hours, minutes, seconds, date, 24-hour circle on dial. This caliber makes one full circle of the dial in 24 hours.
The dial is matte black with 24 white Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova coating and a Railway track minute circle with date aperture at 3 o’clock. Hands are skeleton pear steel hour-hand with Super-LumiNova coating, skeleton leaf minute-hand with Super-LumiNova coating and stick with drop counterweight seconds hand.
The strap is black alligator with a Longines buckle.
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