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Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch

Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch
Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch

Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch

Second World War Italian Airforce Pilots watch

By Longines of Switzerland

 

 

Longines had been the supplier’s of navigational watches to the International Aeronautical Federation from 1919. In 1939 they received an order for 1000 aviators pocket style watches for the Italian Airforce, Regia Aeronautica. This navigational watch, numbered ‘855’, is one of that batch of 1000 pieces.


Heavy chromed brass case with champagne dial bearing black 1-12 digits. Subsidiary seconds at 6- 0 clock, with red ‘55’. The dial bearing the open winged eagle wearing a crown, and holding the Italian Fascist Fasces. The ‘Longines’ maker name directly underneath. Immediately above the subsidiary dial, the airforce designation, ‘R.Aeronautica’. Fine blued dauphine hands.

The hinged back with deeply engraved open winged eagle wearing a crown, and holding the Italian Fascist Fasces. Underneath, the designation, ‘REGIA AERONAUTICA’. To the base, the watch number, ‘Nr.855’. Opening the hinged back reveals the full Longines name and logo along with the case number. Opening the inner cuvette reveals the Italian distributor name, ‘A.Cairelli’ engraved to the inside of the cuvette. The rare to find high grade Longines cal.379 movement, with mercuric gilt bridges and screwed weights to the regulation.

Condition report: The watch in particularly clean overall condition. The chromed brass case with 98% heavy chromed finish remaining. The dial clean and sharp. The engraving to the case back clean and sharp. The movement clean and functioning. The watch keeping good time (service history if any unknown).

Notes: According to Longines archive records, this pocket watch was delivered to A. Cairelli, their agent in Rome during 1939, before being passed to the Regia Aeronautica.

Provenance: Wesolowski military watch collection. One collection since.

Price:

£ 2,750.00

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