A rare and important example of the Longines A7 Avigation, manufactured to USAAC specification 27748, supplied to Wittnauer USA circa 1935 and one of only 175 ordered.
This large and distinctive military navigation watch with its 40 degree offset dial and combined crown/monopusher is an important part of Longines history in supplying specialist watches to demanding military and civilian clients including pioneering aviators, explorers and military forces worldwide throughout the 20th century.
This particular watch benefits from a recent complete service and overhaul by Longines with a new maker’s strap and buckle supplied and fitted. Documentation of authenticity and specification was also supplied at this time.
The A7 specifications are as follows; chromed brass case of approximately 51mm diameter, 40 degree offset crown, pusher and dial to allow easy operation for pilots without the need to remove hands from the controls and easy reference to the 12 o’clock position for the same reason. Clear easy read black dial showing running hours, minutes and seconds along with elapsed minutes and seconds for the chronograph function. Calibre 18.72 manual chronograph movement.
With Longines now being recognised among the discerning members of the watch collecting community, especially for their chronographs, this represents an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire what is one of the rarest, most distinctive and wearable pre-WWII military wristwatches.
Sold for £22,000
The watch is in full working order. The watch benefits from a recent complete service and overhaul by Longines with a new maker’s strap and buckle supplied and fitted. Documentation of authenticity and specification was also supplied at this time, with supporting paperwork. Scratches to the dial. The case is in good unrestored condition with most of the original chrome finish intact.
The watch belonged to the vendor’s late grandfather who died in 1959. His grandfather worked in London and collected watches, gold and silver and is believed to have purchased the watch in London from one of the numerous antique shops, junk shops and pawnbrokers that he frequented during the late 1930s-early 1950s. This watch is being sold for the first time since it was acquired at the time.
A nearly identical example was sold recently at Bonhams, New York, Fine Watches & Wristwatches, 23rd May 2017, lot 125 which fetched $42,500 including premium (£34,814).
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Auction: East Anglian, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, Tue, 24th Sep 2019
Day one - lots 1 - 686
Day two - lots 700 - 1459
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Saturday 21st September 9am - 1pm
Monday 23rd September 9am - 6.00pm
Morning of the sale from 9am
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