Longines Marks 90 Years of Charles Lindbergh’s Atlantic Crossing

With a remake of the watch Lindbergh himself designed, but in titanium and dressed in modern colours.
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After Charles Lindbergh completed his transatlantic flight in 1927, turning him into perhaps the most famous pilot in history, the aviator designed the Hour Angle watch for Longines. Conceived for a pilot to calculate longitude during a flight, the original Hour Angle was a distinctive, oversized wristwatch that’s now valuable, selling for US$50,000 or more.

Several remakes of the Hour Angle have been produced over the years, but the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary is unusual. It’s a faithful replica of the origin in size and design, but with a twist: the case is titanium while the colour scheme is a contemporary black and silver.

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The case is 47.5mm in diameter, just like the original, but made of titanium, making it noticeably lighter than it looks. The bezel has a glossy black coating. Inside is the L699.2, an automatic calibre that is actually the ETA A07.L01, essentially a Valjoux 7750 with the chronograph mechanism removed.

An original from the Longines museum

Lindbergh’s sketch for the Hour Angle

A 1937 Lindbergh Hour Angle watch that sold at Phillips in Hong Kong for US$45,000 in May 2017

Price and availability 

Limited to only 90 watches, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary (ref. L2.678.1.71.0) is priced at SFr5000 or S$7950.


 

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