Revealed earlier in the year, Longines now releases a 1940’s model dedicated to the Royal Air Force.
True to the original lines of a piece designed for the British Royal Air Force, this re-imagined watch reproduces the original timekeeper’s patina, the dial on the military watch has also been hand sprayed with tiny black droplets, making each and every piece unique.
Stanley Turner, a highly-decorated radiotelegraph operator aboard an RAF aircraft during the Second World War, wore this model on his wrist. The watch once owned by Mr. Turner was recovered and offered to the Swiss brand by a young English collector, who inspired the current reissue. Thus, Longines is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RAF in its own way.
The 38.5mm Longines Heritage Military adheres to the spirit of the period timepiece which, at the time, measured just 32.5 mm. Its oversized winding crown evokes the original watch’s ease of handling.
The Longines Heritage Military also displays a silver, opaline dial with a subtle mist of fine droplets in black paint. This process is performed entirely by hand and makes each and every piece unique while creating a faux natural oxidation process as found on the original.
Despite housing an automatic movement, this timekeeper is the only piece in Longines’ current collections that does not carry the “Automatic” label on its dial in order to preserve the spirit of the 1940s.
Remaining true to the watch worn by Stanley Turner and his RAF colleagues, The Longines Heritage Military features a curved, fully polished bezel and box-form sapphire crystal.
The steel casing that houses the automatic movement (L888.2) comes with a green, aged leather watch strap, and a NATO strap in the same shades. Both versions of the strap are provided with each timepiece, along with the required replacement tool, all of which come in a case specially designed for the occasion.
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