Longines Avigation GMT

The Longines Avigation  GMT is based on the design of a model produced for the British army during the 1950s.

The Longines Avigation GMT is based on the design of a model produced for the British army during the 1950s.

The Heritage line of Longines has a new comer, the Avigation GMT military timepiece, based on a model dating from 1949. The original Avigation was produced for the British army during the 1950s; its name being a contraction of “aviation” and “navigation”.

The black dial of the Avigation GMT features large white numerals as well as a 24-hour scale in red, all of them coated with Super-LumiNova as well as the “broad arrow” sign under the logo. The “broad arrow” is a distinctive sign, used in the UK to denote government property, including military equipment.

The stainless steel case of the Avigation GMT has the same diameter as the original pice, 44 mm. The new model is powered by the 24 jewels automatic Caliber L704.2 (ETA A07 171), with 48 hours of power reserve. Just as on the original model, the movement is encased in an anti-magnetic soft iron protection.

This new Avigation is mounted on black alligator strap with a buckle.

Expect it to hit the Canadian market in about three to four weeks, with a MSRP of $2,400.

The 2014 Longines Avigation

The 2014 Longines Avigation

Technical specifications

Reference number L2.831.4.53.x

Mechanical self-winding movement
Caliber L704.2 (ETA A07 171)
161/2 lines, 24 jewels, 28’800 vibrations per hours

Power reserve: 48 hours

Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock, second time zone

Circular, Ø 44 mm, steel
Screw-down case back
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating
Anti-magnetic soft iron protection around the movement

Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)

Black lacquered and polished, 11 Arabic numerals, with Super-LumiNova®, red 24 hours scale

Rhodium-plated, skeleton baton hands with Super-LumiNova®
Red 24-hour diamond-shaped skeleton hand, with Super-LumiNova®

Black alligator with buckle

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