Longines has released a new version of its aviation timekeeper with the designation A-7. Compared to the previous iterations, new Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935 is reduced in size and made with the understated 41 mm wide steel housing. It retains the peculiar styling with an angled dial and a large onion-shaped crown at an unusual position. This time, the new version is made with a white lacquered dial with an enhanced legibility.
The new Longines celebrates the brand’s history and its ties with the American Army. In 1935, the Army commissioned watches for its pilots from Longines. The watchmaker’s response was Type A-7 timekeeper which also served as the inspiration for the newcomer. Apart from meeting the strict standards that were required by the military, the model likewise featured several special traits which made it additionally useful for pilots. The most important among them is certainly the unusual lay-out of the piece.
Since Type A-7 is intended to be worn on the inner side of the wrist while the pilot’s hands remain on the commands of the plane, it is made quite differently than most watches. Its dial is tilted slightly to the right, so that the 10 o’clock numeral stands on the top of the dial. Moreover, the crown is likewise moved and stands right above the displaced 12 o’clock numeral. This sort of lay-out makes the watch functional for pilots and gives it an additional dose of charm and quirkiness.
Another trait that recommends the watch to aviators is its chronograph function which is controlled with a single pusher that stands inside the crown. Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935 features a stop watch with two counters, one that keeps track of elapsed times up to 30 minutes, while the other one is used for small seconds. The seconds of the chronograph are shown with the central hand which is made of blued steel. The same material was used for its hour and minute cathedral shaped hands which are additionally treated with a layer of honey-colored paint. It is the same shade that is used for the oversized numerals of the watch with the extremely legible face.
Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935 has a round case made of polished steel. It also features a fixed bezel and a sapphire crystal with several layers of glare-proofed coating. The watch is waterproof to 30 meters and possesses a case-back made of metal.
Inside its housing, there is Caliber L788.2. It is a self-winding mechanical movement with ETA A08.L111 base. The 13 ¼ lignes wide caliber beats at the frequency of 4 Hz and integrates 27 jewels in its construction. One of its better characteristics is its extended power reserve that lasts for 54 hours.
The watch with the reference number L2.818.104.22.168 is coupled with a brown alligator strap with contrasting stitching which locks with a simple buckle made of steel. If you want to compare new Longines Heritage Avigation Type A-7 1935 with the previous version of the same pilot watch you can check out our article from few years ago.