Once again Longines dives in to their rich back catalogue to present us with a contemporary vintage timepiece, introducing the “Longines Avigation BigEye”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Longines Avigation BigEye
This “Longines Avigation BigEye” (Ref#: L2.8220.127.116.11/4) 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.
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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