Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Watch Review
Thursday - 29 August 2013
The Avigation Oversize Crown retains the basic design of the original 1920s watch, but it is equipped with a mechanical, self-winding movement. It is also available in three versions: a basic model that displays the hours, minutes and seconds; a model with a second timezone function; and a single push-piece chronograph powered by Longines' exclusive column-wheel chronograph movement.
Each of the three versions has a 41 mm stainless steel case, with a black dial and white numerals. The gold-plated hands are pear-shaped and luminous, providing easy visibility in a dark cockpit. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside.
The bezel is bidirectional and marked with a single index, allowing a pilot to set reference points. The fluted decoration around the bezel allows it to be moved with precision, and the oversized crown and winding stern are set away from the case to allow good access to the bezel, even while the pilot is wearing gloves. Pilots wearing the original 1920s model relied on this bezel to record time data when chronographs were still rare.
The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown comes with a black alligator strap.