Conquer the Skies With Longines Pilot Majetek

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Longines Pilot Majetek

The Web has been abuzz concerning the new Longines Pilot Majetek, the newest within the model’s lengthy line of aviation-inspired watches, and we now have to hitch this occasion too, having simply seen the watch within the metallic. The quick story right here is that the little arrow you see there beneath the sapphire crystal turns together with the bezel, but the watch stays faithfully water resistant to 100m. This doesn’t sound like a lot, written so prosaically like this, however it’s fairly a pleasure to see the arrow flip in individual. The opposite rapid factor to notice concerning the Majetek is the which means of the title, which requires a fast detour into historical past.

The unique Majetek was made in 1935 and its full title was Majetek Vojenske Spravy, though that was not a mannequin title or something like that. It merely means property of the army administration, which it was as a result of Longines made it for the Czechoslovakian Air Drive; the Majetek bit means property, though the nickname most likely caught as a result of it sounds cool. Sadly, we solely have a lot house to get into this so we should return to this topic one other time. On to the present Majetek watch!

The Longines Pilot Majetek 1

Cushion-shaped with a spherical fluted bezel and dial, the Majetek is typical of watches from the Thirties, though you might elevate an eyebrow (or two) on the 43mm dimension. It’s value remembering right here that this watch was most likely worn over a jacket, because the aviators of previous used to do; it is vitally chilly within the ambiance and early planes didn’t even have pressurised cabins. Longines didn’t specify the precise case dimension of the unique watch, however the truth that it was an expert device (1,700 had been made for the pilots who flew alongside the RAF in WWII) signifies that it might need been fairly an enormous watch.

In any case, we had been happy to see a watchmaking innovation that has to do with the case reasonably than the motion. Feeling and manipulating the bezel is an actual deal with, akin to these watches that use the bezel to regulate a motion perform, or the everyday unidirectional bezel of the dive watch. This one operates easily so don’t count on any clicks right here. Longines initially developed this cellular indicator underneath the glass in 1930 in wristwatch type, and it was a easy affair — a cellular luminescent hour marker paired with a cellular bezel. The aim right here was to permit pilots to trace departure instances, or another variable that might permit them to navigate on the fly.

Longines Pilot Majetek
Longines Pilot Majetek

The unique was not water resistant in any respect, and Longines needed to pioneer a brand new system to permit for this within the new Pilot Majetek; a plate on the case facet at 9 o’clock conceals a patented gear mechanism that Longines says permits the bezel to be linked with the marker underneath the sapphire crystal with out compromising water-resistance. The watch is powered by the automated calibre L893.6, which was developed completely for Longines, that includes a silicon hairspring with a operating time of 72 hours. The watch is COSC-certified so it’s a chronometer.

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