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July 26, 2020

Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 - 41mm

Longines revisits one its iconic heritage pieces with a new version of the Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935. Testimony to the brand's historic ties with the new world of aviation, this chronograph is a reinterpretation of the type A-7 model ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1935. This new variation with a black shifted dial enhances the Longines Heritage line.

The original Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 for the U.S. Air Force, circa 1935.

The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 pays homage to aviation's finest hours. Longines has been associated with the aeronautical universe and its pioneers since the beginning of the 20th century. For this new timepiece, the brand takes inspiration from a model ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1935.

In order to be designated "Type A-7" by the US Army so that it could be worn by its pilots, the watch had to meet extremely rigorous specifications in terms of aestethics, durability and precision.

Faithful to the original model, the new variation of The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 sets itself apart with its black dial shifted 40 degress to the right. The particular orientation of the dial allowed pilots to read the indices without having to release the plane's control yoke.

To faciliate the handling of the watch in the air - even when wearing gloves - the fluted crown located at 12 o'clock enabled control of the different chronograph functions: power, stop, and reset, by simply pressing the single push-piece.

Today, The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 adopts this unique design.

Its stainless steel case with a diameter of 41 mm houses a column-wheel chronograph movement (L788.2) exclusively developed for Longines.

Adopring the specifications of the historic model, the matt black dial adorned with large Arabic numerals and a "train track" chapter ring, ensures optimal readability. This understated composition is decorated with elegant "cathedral"-type hands covered with Super-LumiNova.

Mounted on a brown leather strap, this new model of The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 complements a white lacquered dial version launched in 2016.

Technical specifications:

The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

Reference: L2.812.4.53.2

Case

  • Stainless steel
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Single push-piece inserted into the crown
  • Crystal: Sapphire with several layers of anti-reflective treatment
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial and hands

  • Matt black dial, shifted to 40 degrees to the right
  • 10 Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova
  • Polished rhodium-plated hands
  • Hours and minutes with Super-LumiNova

Movement

  • Calibre L788.2 (ETA A08.L11)
  • Self-winding mechanical movement with a single push-piece and a column wheel chronograph mechanism
  • Number of jewels: 27
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph
  • Power reserve of 54 hours
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds and date at 6 o'clock
  • Chronograph: Central seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock

Strap and buckle

  • Brown alligator strap with a pin buckle

MSRP: CHF 3'250

For more information, please visit longines.com

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