Longines has made another recreation based on a historical model. In the usual practice of the brand, the revamped vintage model from the 1920s by the name Avigation Oversized Crown Chronograph is incorporated in the brand’s Heritage collection. As it is clear by its name, the new timepiece is an aviator’s watch which features an enlarged crown that can be manipulated more easily while wearing gloves, as pilots usually do. Other features supported in the new self-winding with a black dial are likewise accustomed to the needs of aviators.
Aviagation Oversized Crown Chronograph timekeeper which has the reference number L2.722.214.171.124 has a round stainless steel housing with the modest diameter that measures to 41 mm. Its fluted bezel, constructed in this manner in order to be handled with more precision, is made with a single index and can be rotated in both ways, thus allowing the pilot to set the reference points. Other features adapted to a pilot’s needs which were used in the archetype model and replicated in the newcomer are its winding stem and crown which are placed further away from the case, so the crown would not be unintentionally turned. This feature was even more important in the original model from the 1920s since it allowed pilots to record the times of important events. The steel case of the watch has a solid back and it is water proof to 30 meters.
Good Visibility, a Paramount for a Pilot’s Timekeeper
The unimpaired legibility, even in the murky atmosphere of a plane’s cockpit, is of upmost importance when pilot’s timekeepers are concerned, which is why the brand’s designers opted for a black lacquered polished dial coupled with luminous painted white Arabic numerals, as well as with luminous pear-shaped hands with gold plating. Another factor that contributes to an enhanced visibility of Longines Avigation Oversized Crown Chronograph timepiece is the inclusion of a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal which has several layers of glare-proof coating on its underside.
Unlike the model it was based upon, the new Longines model is supplied with a self-winding mechanical movement. It is caliber L788 with 27 jewels (base movement ETA A08.L11). The movement in question has the width of 12 ¼ lignes (30 mm) and the thickness of 7.9 mm. It operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph and has a respectable power storage that lasts for 54 hours. The same movement was likewise used in another recent Heritage Avigation model by the brand – Watch Type A-7. When additional functions are concerned, this movement includes a chronograph feature with two sub-dials (for 30 minutes and small seconds), as well as a date display indicated via aperture at the bottom of the dial. For the attachment, Longines chose a black alligator strap with white stitching which fastens with a buckle made from steel.
Two More Avigation Oversized Crown Models
Along with the chronograph model, the Swiss brand has likewise released two more models with the Avigation Oversized Crown designation. These watches naturally also incorporate the distinctive knurled crown moved a bit further from the case, as well as the majority of other features of the choronograph, including an automatic movement (though not the same caliber used in the chrono model), the size, the case material and shape, the dial color and styling, the bi-directional bezel, the type of the used wristlet etc. They are however made with different additional features which are caused with the inclusion of different calibers.
Two remaining Avigation Oversized Crown newcomers are: the basic version with small seconds at the bottom (the reference number L2.7126.96.36.199 made with caliber L615) and the GMT version (with the serial number L2.7188.8.131.52 which is powered by caliber L704.2).