Pre War "Battle of Britain" Longines Pilot's Watch
A very good, Longines pilot's wristwatch of pre-war pattern, supplied to the Air Ministry by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company. According to Longines records, these watches were produced in 1939, making this among the first military wristwatches to reach the Royal Air Force, perhaps even before the Battle of Britain.
Purchased from Longines by their London agents, this particular batch of 6B watches differed from later wartime variants. Most noticeably, these utilised "all-steel" cases that housed a decorated commercial-spec 12.68 movement, as well as featuring hand styles and oversized crowns of the type that appear in 1930s Longines' catalogues. As such, this watch is correct, having retained the proper factory, "leaf", blue hands and early big crown. Both these features were later redesigned for the subsequent versions of the Longines' RAF watch.
Overall, the watch's steel case shows just minor signs of service wear and has not been polished or restored. The "AM" marking, flying equipment codes, supplier's details and date, whilst a little rubbed, remain clear and legible, as is the wartime dial - Probably refurbished by G&S Co. during their routine servicing of the timepiece.
Presented in full working order, this Longines is still keeping excellent time, making it an admirable addition to any collection of historic timepieces, or to wear. Sold complete with a vintage wartime pattern leather strap.
A very difficult to find "Battle of Britain" Longines of 1939 spec.