For pilots, airplanes need to travel through different time zones on their way back and forth, and using the sun as a reference is not reliable. They need an instrument that can accurately display the time of day. Therefore, a reliable watch has become a must-have for pilots, and Longines’ 24-hour watch is one of them.
Longines 24-hour watch
浪 In the 1950s, Longines supplied watches for Swissair, Swissair. These timepieces have a unique 24-hour dial. Aircraft navigators at the time had to determine the plane’s location and make a flight plan, and this technical feature of the watch fulfilled these needs.
Longines Watches Swiss Airlines navigator watches were specially created for Swiss National Airlines in the early 1950s. Equipped with a Longines 37.9N movement and a central seconds hand, which was designed in the 1940s and used in Longines specially made for pilots. The stainless steel case back is engraved with the Swissair brand logo. Longines archives show that this is one of the 70 limited edition watches produced exclusively for Swiss National Airlines between 1953 and 1956.
Open the cover of the case back, you can see the delicate movement of the movement.
In 2009, Harry Hofmann, a retired Swissair pilot, visited the Longines Museum. He took this opportunity to give a Longines watch he had worn while working at SWISS to Longines. This watch with a 24-hour dial is one of a series of timepieces made by Longines in the 1950s specifically for SWISS aircraft pilots.
In the aviation industry in the mid-twentieth century, one of the duties of aircraft navigators was to determine the location of aircraft and develop flight plans. Therefore, a reliable watch becomes a must-have for pilots. Airplanes need to travel through different time zones on the way back and forth, and sometimes the sun cannot be seen, so the sun cannot be used as a reference point, so an instrument is needed to accurately display the time of day. With a 24-hour dial, the pilot overcomes this problem.
The Longines 24-hour watch has a transparent case back. Open the cover of the case back and you can see the delicate movement of the movement. The inside of the back cover of the watch is engraved with the ‘Reprint of Longines Navigation Watch for SWISS Navigator from 1953-1956’ and the watch number.
Harry Huffman served as the pilot of SWISS, flying this model of DC-4s, DC-6s, DC-7s, DC-8s and Coronados until 1974. Longines was specially produced for Swiss National Airlines in the early 1950s. The watch is engraved with the number 8233331 and equipped with a Longines 37.9N movement and a central seconds hand. This was in the 1940s. It was designed and used in Longines specially made for pilots. The stainless steel case back of Mr. Huffman is engraved with the Swissair brand logo. Longines archives show that this is one of the 70 limited edition watches produced exclusively for Swiss National Airlines between 1953 and 1956. These watches are technically in the same vein as Longines pilot watches-they are Longines Whistles seconds hand-set watches produced in 1927 and Longines timepieces from 1932. As a professional Swiss watch company, Longines chose to re-launch this watch because of its historical significance and excellent functions, and also because of the enduring aesthetic appeal of this work, this watch was named Longines. 24-hour watch.