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Oct 12, 2009

Longines Lindbergh's Atlantic Voyage Watch

In 1933 the American aviator Charles Lindbergh set off with his wife on a trip of 47,000 km around the North Atlantic. Having achieved a remarkable technical and human feat in being the first man to fly non-stop across the North Atlantic in his Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh wanted to explore possible future air routes across the far north before returning to the USA via Cape Verde and Brazil. The equipment Lindbergh took with him on his long expedition included a wrist chronograph created specially by Longines for this very purpose.

This time-piece had a wristwatch chronograph movement with a 30-minute counter. It measured time to the fifth of a second and the chronograph mechanism also had a tachymeter that could measure speeds of up to 500 kph. With the flying conditions that were experienced by the Lindberghs, a reliable time-piece was one of the final safeguards as far as navigational instruments were concerned.

Longines Lindbergh's Atlantic Voyage Watch

Longines Lindbergh's Atlantic Voyage Watch

Today, Longines is re-issuing this timepiece under the name of the Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch as a tribute to the long trip undertaken by the couple across the far north. This mechanical wrist chronograph has a diameter of 47.50 mm and a self-winding movement. Just like the original model, it has small seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The time and time measurements are displayed using hands of blued steel on a silvered dial with a white surround and the watch has a tachymeter for measuring speeds of up to 500 kph.

Today, Longines is re-issuing this timepiece under the name of the Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch as a tribute to the long trip undertaken by the couple across the far north.

The model has a sapphire glass and a solid case back that protects a transparent back cover through which the workings of the movement can be admired. The watch is mounted on a genuine brown alligator strap. The new versions are in either steel or rose gold. The Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch constitutes an exquisite contemporary version of a timepiece that was part of a great aeronautical adventure.

Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch Technical Specifications

Reference numbersLongines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch

L2.730.4.11.0 (steel case)

L2.730.8.11.0 (18 carat rose gold case)

CalibreSelf-winding mechanical movement L705 (ETA A07 231)

16½ lines, 27 jewels, 28,000 vibrations per hour

Power-reserve of 46 hours

FunctionsHours, minutes, small seconds, tachymeter

Chronograph

Centre seconds

30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

CaseCircular, steel or 18 carat rose gold, Ø 47.50 mm

Solid case back over transparent sapphire glass back cover

CrownPush-piece function for opening the case back

DialPolished white lacquer/silvered

10 black Arab numerals

Black tachymeter, 500-60 kph

Small seconds at 9 o'clock

30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

HandsBlued steel Breguet (hours and minutes)

Blued steel counter-weight line pear (fly-back hand)

Blued steel arrow (30-minute counter)

Blued steel counter-weight stick pear (small seconds)

Water-resistantTo 30 m (~100 feet), 3 bar

GlassSapphire

StrapGenuine brown alligator with buckle

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