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Swiss watch brand Longines, with more than 190 years of history, has a long and storied past in the world of aviation. After all, the advent of wristwatches and flying almost grew up together, with both having roots in the early 20th century. Now, Longines recalls that aviation heart and soul in the newest Pilot Majetek that is inspired by a model first released in 1935. If you love modern retro, this watch has your name all over it.

First, a bit about Longines and the pilots of yesteryear. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s Longines watches were a top choice among aviators. In fact, beginning in 1919, the brand was the official timekeeper for the FAI and timed 34 record setting flights in the ensuing two decades. This is the brand that Charles Lindbergh wore on his epic nearly 34-hourlong flight across the Atlantic – marking the first solo flight from New York to Paris. It was all timed by Longines, and this is the brand that inspired Lindbergh to work together with Longines to create the now-famed Hour Angel watch.

Longines also accompanied Amelia Earhart on her journeys, including the flight in 1928 when she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic from Canada to Northern Ireland in less than 15 hours. In fact, over the years, Longines was the watch of choice for Elinor Smith, Howard Hughes and many more thanks to the reliability of its watches.

In fact, the brand had begun building chronometer timepieces as early as 1915. In 1920, more than 100 years ago, Longines introduced the first rotating bezel watch with moving hour marker to act as an aviation counter. It continued to make technical advances over the years and in 1935 released the Longines 3582, created for the Czechoslovak Air Force. On the case back, the words “Majetek Czechoslovak army” – Property of the Czechoslovak army.

Now, Longines introduces the Pilot Majetek in honor of its aviation history and of this special 1935 watch. Naturally, it is equipped with the most current mechanics and movements, with rugged materials and state-of-the-art technology, but the design is a contemporary take on history – with all of the signature features of the original.

The 43mm Pilot Majetek is crafted in stainless steel with a bi-directional fluted bezel that is meticulously finished and incredibly alluring. The bezel is mounted on a cushioncornered squared case with ergonomic lugs. The case shape rings true to the original shape that was registered by the “winged hourglass” brand (the shape of its logo) on April 1, 1935. The highly precise timepiece boasts modern proportions and is slightly more curved for easier wearability than its bulkier 1935 muse. Majetek offers hours, minutes, seconds and a Super-LumiNova triangle arrow to indicate “starting time.”

A journey around the watch reveals a midnight black dial with Super-LumiNova hands and Arabic numerals and an oversized subsidiary seconds dial at 6:00. There is a small minute track on the outer edge of the dial. A plate at 9:00 on the case reads “1935.” The case back is screwed in to allow for better water resistance – 100 meters.

The mechanical self-winding movement, the Longines L893.6 caliber, boasts a new patented gear mechanism and is equipped with a magnetic-resistant silicon balance spring. A certified chronometer – by the COSC – ensures high precision. The watch offers 72 hours of power reserve and is sold with a brown or green leather strap with beige topstitching or with a NATO strap made from recycled materials.

For those who love aviation and retro-inspired watches, this is a must-see timepiece. Stop in any time.

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