Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch Review (Video)

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch on Uniform

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch on WWII Uniform (Ref. L2.779.4.53.0) Photo: Perpetuelle

I recently had the opportunity to review the Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch, a very unique watch which was first announced by the St. Imier-based in October of 2012.  The Avigation Type A-7 is one of those extremely eye-catching pieces that you can’t help but wonder how it came to be.  As I mention in my review below, this piece is part of the Longines Heritage collection.  The large diameter (49mm) and the angled dial of the Avigation Type A-7 are the first features one recognizes; these key elements are in fact what make this watch a proper “heritage” piece that stands in worthy tribute to aviators’ watches of the 1930’s. My video review pretty much covers the ins-and-outs of this fine timepiece.  Below the video are several photos that I took that I think you will also enjoy.  The green uniform that serves as a background in some of the photos is an actual U.S. aviator’s uniform from WWII —  I could not think of a more fitting pairing for the Avigation Type A-7.

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch with Eagle. Photo: Perpetuelle

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch. Photo: Perpetuelle

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch. Photo: Perpetuelle

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch. Photo: Perpetuelle

Hinged Caseback Reveals the Column Wheel Chronograph – Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch. Photo: Perpetuelle

Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch. Photo: Perpetuelle

In summary, I hope you enjoyed an up-close and personal look at this superb heritage piece by Longines.  The Avigation Watch Type A-7 is priced at a very respectable $4,900.  Purchase inquiries can be directed to any Longines retailer who I’m sure can help you out. And special thanks to Longines for providing the review piece.  You can check out more of the Avigation Type A-7 here on the Longines website, and if you are not familiar with the brand’s growing and diverse Heritage collection (there are some really super pieces in this collection), you can check that out HERE. If you have any questions or comments about the watch, please leave a comment below.

  • Leigh

    If it was the right way up, about 7mm smaller in diameter, and had its crown in the normal position I’d buy one in a heartbeat.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      @f6de511bdb0a68ae7dda33cd15d539e1:disqus That’s good! The watch has a super dial and I can see how it would make a nice production piece as you describe. Of course then it would be nothing like the inspired “heritage” piece shown here, but still I like your thought. Thanks for the comment.

      Kyle

  • RobCH

    Agree with Leigh on the size. Lovely, but 5mm too big for me, and entirely wasted on those who adorn themselves with oversized U-Boots and the like.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      @3255deedb99a551e9d13299f034b201d:disqus Allow me to come to the defense of the large diameter of this watch. The size is very important to this watch, a “heritage” piece. It is in the tradition of the 1930s military aviators watches which inspired it. Traditional / old-style aviators watches had to be large in order to provide easy legibility from a cockpit or similar environment. To make this watch as a “normal” size modern day wristwatch would taken away its historical relevance. Thanks for your comment.
      Kyle

  • Marc

    I’ve actually been lusting over this piece for a while, and had a chance to try it on at a Longines shop the other day (in Kuala Lumpur). It’s definitely large and quite thick, so it may not work for a all occasions, but the uniqueness of it makes a real impact. It’s really, really nice.

    … and somewhat rare as well, I think? I haven’t been able to find it at most watch shops I’ve been to (I’m based in Japan), or via online retailers. Is it considered a limited edition release?

    (By the way, thanks for the great review, Kyle!)

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      Glad you enjoyed the review, thanks for the kind words. I don’t think it is an official limited edition, but I agree, it is hard to find from what I hear.
      Thanks for your comment / Take Care,
      Kyle

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  • Paul C

    Thanks for the (only) excellent and informative video review of this awesome timepiece. I was hoping you’d show us the date button feature too. I have been eyeing it for a while and initially was concerned, as others, with the stated large dimensions. But after trying it on at an AD, it actually fits & sits no bigger/worse than your average divers watch. It’s not as bad as the dimensions sound once you try it on.

    I was more concerned about how the polished case and raised crystal would hold up to dings/scratches over time (not well, I suspect). I am also wondering how the polished caseback will be on the back of the wrist when the temp/humidity go north. It appears so smooth I wonder if it will have a tendency to slide around/trap moisture between the wrist and caseback.

    But, all in all, I am very impressed with this (and all) the Heritage pieces in this series. As a predominantly inside the wrist wearer I think I gotta have this one.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      Hi Paul. Thanks for the comments and kind words on my review. Glad it was helpful. I did forget about that date (!) but if I recall it was very easy to set through the crown. The highly polished case will definitely be prone to wear but that’s always a tradeoff. As for your last point on the smooth caseback, yes, also a good point but I don’t see why it would be too much different than a watch with smooth sapphire caseback.
      Whichever way you decide to go, good luck!
      Kyle

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