Longines Heritage “History of a Legend – A Tribute to the Pioneers of Aviation” Limited Edition

Introduced in 1997, this Longines special watch collection pays tribute to the pioneers of aviation.

Founded in 1832, Longines celebrated 165 years of watchmaking tradition in 1997. This limited edition Heritage Collection is a tribute to the aviators who conquered the skies. A tribute in the form of a limited edition set of three “navigation” watches in a beautiful wooden presentation case entitled “History of a legend – a tribute to the pioneers of aviation” and individually numbered 1 to 1000.

Longines has always accompanied the pioneers on their exploits. Explorers of the poles were the first, then those of the skies. In addition to Lindbergh, Weems and Byrd, Longines experienced a veritable symbiosis with the greatest aviators of the first half of the century. The prestigious names recorded in the conquest of the skies are also landmarks in the history of Longines.

Three models inspired and created by Longines for the famous Commander Philip Van Horn Weems, the inventor of the Weems System of Navigation in 1927. A system used by numerous pioneers of aviation, also loyal to Longines.

Longines Heritage "History of a Legend - A Tribute to the Pioneers of Aviation" Limited Edition

The 1997 Longines limited edition Heritage collection set includes an Automatic chronometer, officially certified by COSC (official Swiss government chronometer testing station), and Automatic chronograph and an Automatic World Timer (24 time zones).

Made of stainless steel, all three models feature transparent backs to reveal the fine craftsmanship of the movement.

The Longines Automatic Chronograph (reference L.2.615.4.13.2) has a case diameter of 41mm. Equipped with Calibre L 667.2 (base ETA 7750), it displays 30 minute and 12-h chronograph counters at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively. At 3 o’clock, it features a date window and at 9’ clock it has the small seconds dial. The outer dial ring has tachymeter scale.

The Longines Automatic World Timer (reference L.2.614.4.13.2) is driven by the Calibre L 635.3 (base ETA 2824-2). It features a 38mm diameter case. In addition to the time (hour, minutes, seconds) and the date (at 3 o’clock), the watch offers a 24-time zone function.

The Longines Automatic Chronometer (L.2.613.4.13.2) has a 38mm diameter case. It houses the COSC-certified self-winding Calibre L 622.2, which drives the hour, minute, seconds and date functions.

All the three watches from the Heritage Limited Edition “History of a legend – a tribute to the pioneers of aviation” series feature matt white dials, blued hands and brown crocodile straps.

This set is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.

Technical details

Movement & functions

Automatic chronograph, Reference L.2.615.4.13.2

Calibre L 667.2
Hours, minutes, seconds, stop second, date.
Hour and minute counters.
12h chronograph with 1/5 second accuracy

Automatic World Timer L.2.614.4.13.2

Calibre L 635
24 time zones
Hours, minutes, seconds, stop second, date.

Automatic chronometer, L.2.613.4.13.2

Calibre L 622.2
Hours, minutes, seconds, stop second, date.

Common features

Case material: Steel
Glass: Sapphire
Dial: Matt white with painted centre decoration, Breguet numerals
Case back: Transparent, sapphire glass
Strap: Brown crocodile strap
Water resistance: 30 metres
Edition: Limited to 1,000 sets

ORIS McCoy Tyner Limited Edition Jazz Watch 1997

Introduced in 1997, this limited edition automatic watch pays tribute to Alfred McCoy Tyner, the great American jazz pianist and composer.

Made of stainless steel, this cushion-shaped watch features a black dial with ivory colored Arabic numeral hour-markers. The Oris McCoy Tyner Jazz watch was limited to 555 pieces. Its dial also hosts a subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o’ clock and the date display at 6 o’ clock.

ORIS McCoy Tyner Limited Edition Jazz Watch 1997

Secured with four screws, the stainless steel case back features the signature of McCoy Tyner. The case-back also displays the inscription “Oris Jazz Limited Edition 1997”.

The McCoy Tyner Limited Edition Jazz Watch 1997 is equipped with Oris 643 automatic movement. Based on the Cal. ETA 2836-2, this 27 jewel calibre has a power reserve rating of 38 hours. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Technical details

Model: ORIS McCoy Tyner Limited Edition Jazz Watch 1997
Reference 643 7471 40 84

Case
Stainless steel with cushion-shape
Dimensions: 33mm x 40.5mm
Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30m

Dial
Black dial
Sword-shaped hour and minute hands with luminous treatment
Small seconds dial with yellow hand
Date window at 9 o’ clock

Movement
Cal. Oris 643, Regulator, base ETA 2836-2, Ø 25,60 mm, 11 1/2”’, bi-directional automatic winding, ball bearing, 27 jewels, Incabloc, Glucydur balance, 28¹800 A/h, 4 Hz, power-reserve 38 h, fine timing device and stop-second, centre hand for minutes, subsidiary second at 9 h, window date, instantaneous date, date corrector.

Strap
Black leather

Edition
Limited edition of 555 pieces

A. Lange & Söhne CABARET

Dressed in a graceful rectangular case, the A. Lange & Söhne CABARET watch showcases horological prowess to an unprecedented degree, with precious materials, useful indications, and remarkable subtlety of design.

The most prominent feature of CABARET is its patented outsize date, which is nearly five times larger than ordinary ones. It can be quickly and easily corrected with a push-piece recessed in the case. The watch has two centrally placed gold hands to indicate the hours and minutes. A subsidiary dial above the 6 o’clock hour marker displays the seconds.

Introduced in 1997, the A. Lange & Söhne CABARET watch features a superbly polished case in 18-carat gold or platinum. It is worn with a hand-stitched crocodile strap that has a matching precious-metal buckle. Jewellery versions are available as well.

A. Lange & Söhne CABARET watch

The solid-gold winding crown with the embossed Lange signature is protected against the ingress of water. And the see-through sapphire-crystal caseback allows the owner to admire the exquisite movement of the CABARET.

An absolute rarity in mechanical watchmaking, a beautifully sculpted form movement (calibre L931.3) fills every last corner of the case with exquisite Lange horological artistry.

Like the case, the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver is rectangular. It is decorated with Glashütte ribbing. The blued screws and the three screwed gold chatons are fascinating visual accents. All surfaces of the form movement are meticulously finished by hand, even those that usually remain concealed to the eye of the beholder. Moreover, the edges are chamfered and polished.

A. Lange & Söhne CABARET yellow gold watch

The seconds hand of the manually wound movement stops when the crown is pulled. When fully wound, it offers a power reserve of 42 hours. The intricate, shock-proofed screw balance beats at 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour and is adjusted in five positions. The patented whiplash precision index adjuster is mounted on a small balance cock which is engraved by hand, giving every CABARET a one-of-a-kind personality.

The A. Lange & Söhne CABARET watch is available in platinum and gold (rose, yellow or white) versions.

Technical details

Model: A. Lange & Söhne CABARET

References

  • Reference 107.031: Lange CABARET Rose gold case version with black dial and leather strap
  • Reference 107.021: Lange CABARET Yellow gold case version with champagne dial and leather strap
  • Reference 107.027: Lange CABARET White gold case version with blue dial and leather strap
  • Reference 107.032: Lange CABARET Rose gold case version with silver dial and leather strap
  • Reference 107.025: Lange CABARET Platinum case version with silver dial and leather strap
  • Reference 107.035: Lange CABARET Platinum case version with black dial and leather strap
  • Reference 157.132: Lange CABARET Rose gold case version with silver dial and rose gold bracelet
  • Reference 808.033: Lange CABARET White gold case version with diamond-set bezel, black dial with diamond-set centre part and leather strap

Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L931.3, manually wound, crafted, assembled, and decorated almost entirely by hand to the highest Lange quality standards; precision adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated, cross-laminated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Number of parts: 268
Size: 25.6 x 17.6mm
Thickness: 4.95mm
Jewels: 30
Screwed gold chatons: 3
Escapement: Lever escapement
Balance: Shock proofed glucydur screw balance, Nivarox 1 balance spring with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, patented micrometer-screw index adjuster with whiplash spring
Power reserve: 42 hours when fully wound

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds with stop seconds, patented outsize date

Case
Gold or Platinum
Two piece case
Dimensions: 36.3 x 25.5mm
Thickness: 9.1mm
AR coated sapphire crystal glass

Dial
Solid silver / diamond-set

Strap
Hand-stitched crocodile leather strap or precious metal bracelet
Buckle in precious metal

Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH

Longines Lindbergh Spirit Collection

In 1997, Longines celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first transatlantic non-stop solo flight. To mark this milestone, the Swiss watch brand launched a special edition Lindbergh Spirit collection.

Departing from New York on May 20th 1927 at 7:52 a.m., the “Spirit of St. Louis” lands in Paris on May 21st at 10:22 p.m. Timed by Longines, after a solo flight of 33 hours and 30 minutes, Charles Lindbergh becomes a genuine pioneer in aviation history by making the first non-stop, trans-Atlantic flight.

This first transatlantic non-stop solo flight aroused the public’s imagination more than any other event of the time. It also drew attention to the need for a simple but accurate way to calculate longitude during long flights without visible landmarks.

It was Lindbergh himself who made the first sketch of a watch especially intended for aeronautical navigation. The project was then awarded to Longines, whose technological advance and reputation for precision were already firmly established. Such were the beginnings of the “Lindbergh Hour Angle” watch.

In 1997, Longines revived this spirit with the colourful “Lindbergh Spirit Collection” automatic watches, in Hour Angle or Hour Angle Chronograph models. They were launched in five dial colors (blue, red, yellow, black or white) in steel or steel and 18 carat gold, with assorted leather or steel bracelets.

Technical details

Model: Longines Lindbergh Spirit Automatic Watch

Movement
Longines automatic caliber

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, split second, date, date corrector, hour angle, angle degree and minute indicator

Dial
Semi-brilliant
60 division ext. minute wheel work
12 painted Roman numerals
Arabic numerals 15 to 180
White, black, red, blue or yellow

Case
Steel or Steel with 18ct gold
Diameter: 37mm
Thickness: 10mm
Glass: Mineral glass
Case back: Transparent, mineral glass
Water resistance: 30 metres

Strap
Steel bracelet or leather strap (black, red, blue or yellow)

Reference numbers
L.2.617.5: Steel/18ct gold
L 2.617.4: Steel

Model: Longines Lindbergh Spirit Chronograph Watch

Movement
Longines automatic caliber

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, split second, chronograph, date, 30 minute counter, 12 hours, hour angle, angle degree and minute indicator.

Case
Material: Steel or Steel with 18ct gold
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 14.8mm
Glass: Mineral glass
Case back: Transparent, mineral glass
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Semi-brilliant
60 division ext. minute wheel work
12 painted Roman numerals
White, black, red, blue or yellow

Strap
Steel or leather (black, red, blue or yellow)

References
L.2.618.5: Steel/18ct gold
L 2.618.4: Steel