The web has been abuzz concerning the new Longines Pilot Majetek, the most recent within the model’s lengthy line of aviation-inspired watches, and we have now to affix within the enjoyable too, having seen the watch within the metallic. The little story right here is that the little arrow you see beneath the sapphire crystal rotates with the bezel, however the watch stays faithfully waterproof to 100m. It does not sound like a lot, written so prosaically like that, but it surely’s an actual pleasure to see the arrow flip in particular person. The opposite instant factor to notice concerning the Majetek is the which means of the title, which requires a fast detour into historical past.
The unique Majetek was made in 1935 and its full title was Majetek Vojenske Spravy, though it isn’t a mannequin title or something like that. It merely means property of the army administration, which it was as a result of Longines made it for the Czechoslovak Air Drive; the Majetek bit means property, though the moniker in all probability caught as a result of it sounds good. Sadly, we solely have restricted house to debate this subject, so we should come again to this subject one other time. Let’s transfer on to the present Majetek watch!
Cushion-shaped with a spherical fluted bezel and dial, the Majetek is typical of Nineteen Thirties timepieces, although you may elevate an eyebrow (or two) on the 43mm dimension. It must be remembered right here that this watch was in all probability worn over a jacket, as aviators of outdated did; it is rather chilly within the environment and the primary planes didn’t even have pressurized cabins. Longines didn’t specify the precise dimension of the unique watch case, however the truth that it was knowledgeable device (1,700 have been made for pilots who flew alongside the RAF throughout World Conflict II) signifies that it might have been fairly a big watch.
In any case, we have been delighted to see a horological innovation that issues the case reasonably than the motion. Touching and manipulating the bezel is an actual deal with, much like these watches that use the bezel to manage a motion operate, or the everyday unidirectional bezel of a diver’s watch. This one works positive so do not anticipate any clicks right here. Longines initially developed this transferring indicator beneath the glass in 1930 as a wristwatch, and it was a easy affair – a transferring luminescent hour marker paired with a transferring bezel. The purpose right here was to permit pilots to trace departure instances, or another variable that will permit them to navigate on the fly.
The unique was not waterproof in any respect, and Longines needed to develop a brand new system to permit this within the new Pilot Majetek; a plate on the aspect of the case at 9 o’clock conceals a patented gear mechanism that Longines says permits the bezel to be related to the marker beneath the sapphire crystal with out compromising water resistance. The watch is powered by the automated caliber L893.6, developed completely for Longines, outfitted with a silicon hairspring with a 72-hour energy reserve. The watch is COSC licensed so it’s a stopwatch.
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