Back to basics for The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

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Longines revisits one if 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 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 enriches the Longines Heritage line.

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 aesthetics, 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° 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 facilitate 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 41.00 mm houses a column-wheel chronograph movement (L788.2) exclusively developed for Longines.

Adopting 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.

Based in the Swiss town of Saint-Imier since 1832, Longines is a watchmaker that can boast a technical expertise born of tradition, elegance and performance. With many years of experience as a timekeeper for world championships and as the partner of international sports federations, Longines has over the years established solid and lasting links with the world of sport. Famous for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is today a member of the Swatch Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. Known by its winged hourglass logo, the brand has commercial operations in over 150 countries.

 

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° to the right. The particular orientation of the dial allowed pilots to read the indices without having to release the plane’s control yoke