Once again Longines dives in to their rich back catalogue to present us with a contemporary vintage timepiece, introducing the “Longines Avigation BigEye”.


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There is a whole collection named “Heritage” which Longines has used to re-issue many new pieces inspired from their 185 year old catalog. We’ve reviewed a couple of them here, such as the: “Heritage 1969“, “Heritage Military”  and the “Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary”. Or another classic model line we can recall is the “Lindbergh” which recently was celebrated with a 90th anniversary edition.


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The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a brushed finish, while its solid screw-down caseback features an engraving of a plane with “Longines” written with in it and some technical indications circling around.


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Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bezel with a polished finish for a nice contrasted look. Also comes equipped with two pump-pushers on the right-side of the case to operate the chronograph functions with a setting-crown in between them. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).


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Time is exhibited on a black dial with large Arabic numerals and smaller minute index markers circling around the dial. There are three sub-dials: an oversized 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. A useful feature that has been excluded on this timepiece was the date aperture, although it seems to have been an applauded decision by many horology enthusiasts.


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And by the way, this oversized elapsed-minute counter is how this timepiece got named the “BigEye”. Because as any pilot would tell you, one of their main priorities in a watch is linked to legibility, which this timepiece manages to deliver in more than one way. Be it with the contrasting sizes of the sub-dials, the white and green lume or the large Arabic numerals.


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Covering the watch is a domed sapphire crystal that attributes it with a nice rounded look, which comes off as both functional and stylish. The Arabic numerals and central hands have all undergone a white and green luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. And although many vintage-inspired watch releases have tended to apply faux-patina to their pieces, Longines has opted not to do so on this edition.


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Longines Avigation BigEye

This “Longines Avigation BigEye” (Ref#: L2.816.4.53.2/4) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L688 with 27 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 54 hours, when fully wound.


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This caliber movement is basically an enhanced and modified version of the original ETA Valgranges A08.L01 caliber, with Longines swapping out the cam architecture for a column-wheel instead and adding more power reserve to it. Finally mounted to the watch is a Longines light brown aged calfskin leather strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Longines website here.

MSRP: $2,625.00 USD


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Written by Mauro Az