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Longines Avigation Type A-7 1935 is Back in the Cockpit

Swiss watchmaker Longines revisits a heritage piece and an icon with a new version of the Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935. This piece is a modern interpretation of the Type A-7 that was ordered by the U.S. Air Force back in 1935 and worn by pilots of the time.

Remaining faithful to the original, the black dial is shifted by a 40-degree angle, which benefited pilots, allowing them to read the indices without having to release the plane’s control yoke. The crown, located off-centre at 12 o’clock, is designed so that pilots can easily activate the chronograph functions while in mid-flight and even when wearing gloves.

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The sleek, matte black dial is centred in a 41mm stainless steel case adorned with large Arabic numerals and a “train track” chapter ring. Cathedral-like hands received the Super-LumiNova for staying legible in the dark. The dial itself is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside.

Watch functions include hours and minutes with a small seconds dial and the date at 6 o’clock.  The self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement was designed exclusively for Longines with a power reserve of up to 54 hours.

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The caseback is engraved with a Longines aviation logo, the name of the piece and finer details such as the water-resistance of up to 30 metres.

This new Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 is mounted on a brown leather strap and is priced at AUD$5,050. It acts as a companion piece to the 15 Best Pilot Watches Inspired by Aviation that launched back in 2016.

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