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Longines Pilot’s Watch Majetek (1938) Reference 3582

CHF 6'150.00

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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Dimension:
40mm
Movement Type:
Mechanical
Material:
Stainless steel
Dial colour:
Black

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      3582 - front image
      3582 - back image

      What makes this timepiece exceptional

      This large pilot’s wristwatch was equipped with a rotating fluted bezel to indicate elapsed time. The black dial with its luminous Arabic numerals, triangle-shaped indicator and cathedral hands filled with luminescent radium was easily readable during night. Longines manufactured this model from 1935 to 1948 with three different movements (cal. 15.94, 15.26 or 16.68Z) – for the Czecheslovakian Air Force and some pieces for the general public. The pilot’s watch movement is housed in a cushion shaped steel case (40mm), is highly antimagnetic, shock-proof and equipped with an unbreakable crystal. The particular design of the watch was registered on 1st April 1935 at the International Office of Industrial Property in Bern, Switzerland.

      Longines manufactured this model for the Czech pilots, and usually the case-back is engraved “Majetek Vojenské Spravy” which means “property of the Czechoslovakian Army”. A few pieces (like the example on offer) do not have this military marking on the back. This watch from the first series is hard to find in such a pristine, authentic condition.
      Background: After the German occupation in 1938, many Czech pilots had fled to France and from there to England, where around 90 of them joined the Britain’s Royal Air Force. The brave Czech pilots, still equipped with their Longines watches, helped the United Kingdom to fight against Nazi-Germany and played an important role during the Battle of Britain. 29 Czech fighters became official “flying aces”. One of them, Josef Frantisek, shut down on his own 17 German planes during 28 days in September 1940.

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