The large, stainless-steel case (49 mm in diameter) and spacious black dial with large, white, Arabic numerals are also intended to aid in legibility, particularly for a pilot dealing with low light or turbulence. The big, fluted crown makes it easy to operate the watch, even if you happen to be wearing thick aviator’s gloves. The dial also has a tachymeter scale around its outer edge. Classic Breguet hour and minute hands add another vintage touch.
The watch contains Caliber L788, a column-wheel chronograph movement developed exclusively for Longines by ETA, its sister company in the Swatch Group. The Avigation Type A-7 features a single-pushpiece chronograph whose start, stop, and return-to-zero functions are all controlled by pushing the single push-button set into the crown. The movement is visible through a sapphire exhibition caseback, which is protected by a hinged caseback cover. The watch is mounted on a black alligator leather strap. Its price: $4,900.
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