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FS: RARER 2nd batch LONGINES CZECH "MAJETEK" Aviator Watch.

: The Watch:


: Wrist Shots(plus an ankle shot too):


: Upper Case cover with Rotatable GMT marker bezel n FLAT Plexi
: assembly:


: Outside of the Lower Caseback cover has the Czech Air Force is
: engraved "MAJETEK VOJENSKE SPRAVY" with Military Issue
: No. "2550" engraved.
: These engravings are crisps n clear:


: Inside the Caseback cover with Longines punched markings,
: including the Case Reference nos. 20314 n Longines production no.
: 65, as it should be:


: The Original n Beautiful Porcelain enamel Dial n Inner Case
: assembly:
: The Dial is in fair wear n tear conditions, with absolutely NO
: cracks, minor chipping on its outer edges..
: Minor crazing is synonymous on aged porcelain enamel Black dial,
: this minor presence can be seen up close
: around the 12~1 o'clock, 9~10 o'clock n along the outer edge dial
: surface hidden area
: which could be caused by burn from long period of idle exposed
: under the fallen Radium lume material from its hands...
: n the rotatable GMT marker, which are still luminous under UV light
: source.


: Inner Case Longines Production Nos. punched on its edge, as it
: should be:


: Watch Movement Cal.15.26ABC being the rarest batch produced for
: Czech Air Force:
: This movement is still in beautiful n very good running conditions
: after nearly 8 decades.


: Loose fixed bar at 6 o'clock lugs, but this bar stays in place.(12
: o'clock position bar is fixed)


: Here are the original article in Italian written extensively about
: these special pilot watches.


: In the article published, it is mentioned that at the time prior to
: or during the start of WW2..
: there could be some 6 thousands of the Czech Airforce pilots from
: 1935~WW2 or so.

: A couple of thousands of them had served with the Britain RAF,
: while others served the Polish Air Force n French Air Force.

: Another forum article from renown Orologi & Passioni that
: covers extensive discussions on WW2 Longines Military
: timepieces..
: Amongst which there is a particularly interesting page that
: mentioned the Longines Czech Majetek watches...


: In which the author says...

: "I open this topic with the hope of to please despite the
: terrible heat. I will try to bring together the references which
: I collected by type and list them gradually over time. It is not
: easy to collect data and, above all, the material. I hope the
: forumusti more experienced and knowledgeable can actively
: contribute to making the topic useful to everyone.
: Let's start with the so-called "model tartarugone"
: because of the very original shape of the case.
: The references of this model are different as well as the finishing
: of the dial.

: In 1938 the "Czecholosvak Air Force" endowed its pilots
: of a Longines timepiece comes with leather strap to be worn
: above the pilot's suit. The first models of these watches were
: equipped with the 15.94 movement with 15 rubies and in
: production since 1904.In later were equipped with the 15:26
: movement, but since 1939 the 15.68z caliber was definitely the
: movement of this referenza.Solo the two latest models were
: anti-magnetic, important feature in a cockpit of aircraft.

: The first references were the black enamel dial, a feature that
: made the surface of the very same delicate and perishable. The
: latest references were equipped with matt black dial, typical of
: military references era.
: All references are equipped with rotating bezel with pointer for
: the determination of a predetermined time.

: It seems that, given the urgency of the first delivery, the
: Czechoslovak air force did not wait marking the bottoms of the
: first timepiece ordered and over. Only later they were marked
: with serial transmission and the words "majetek Vojenské
: Spr√°vy". It is believed that the provision was limited to
: a number of about 3,000 pieces.

: You can find a ride with the engraving done by hand with
: "Letecke za" (to use force). (Data extrapolated from
: the book Military time pieces of ZM Wesolowski)

: The references I have found:
: 23315
: 23584
: 22580
: 23313
: 23684

: 20314

: 22444

: In a model with a 15.94 caliber there is reference but the serial
: movement ...........
: I did not really words to congratulate you and all voi..avete
: created one of the most beautiful and interesting topic that
: I've ever seen ..."

: O's own notes:

: That would be referring to this specifically...
: n it should be the exact case serial nos. of the watch currently in
: O's possession being offered for sale exclusively in MWR forum
: market

: In addition to that record, the author also mentions that the total
: of 3 series productions by Longines issued to the Czech Air
: Force...
: from 1935 until the WW2 were perhaps merely 3000 pieces or so...of
: which the 2nd batch were produced n issued with the least of
: possibly in few hundred watches only...
: that has the thicker Porcelain enamel Dial n fitted with the rarer
: Cal. 15.26ABC movement...

: Ref 3582, the Longines Czech Majetek Airforce Pilots watch, or so
: called "Tartarugone" the Italians.
: Case no. 20314, Cal. 15.26(ABC) movement no. 5,730,949
: (according to the Longines Serial nos. page published,
: this movement is dated to 1938 or so...)
: Case size of the watch is 40mm x 52mm(width excluding winding crown
: vs. length between the lugs),
: which is considered a HUGE watch by those early standards...

: Most if not all Longines Czech FS or sold in fairly recent times..
: belonged to the 1st Cal. 15.94 or the 3rd Cal. 15.68 batch...of
: these issued watches...
: while the majority of these Longines FS or sold in fairly recent
: times also...are the Civilian watches...
: (trying to piggy back on the real deal...or to steal the thunder so
: to speak)

: Touching on the matter of Porcelain Dial...
: Many of the 1st batch issued watch dials did not survived...simply
: because the 1st batch Porcelain dial is a tad bit thinner.

: Those that did...has big chunks of chipping right around the edge
: of the dial...due to careless handling n shocked etc.
: This one buddy is NOT far from being flawless...if O may stress it
: to be so...considering that the watch is near to being 8 decades
: old.

: The crystal is absolutely FLAT as it should be for pilots to see
: the dial more clearly in actions of the wrist being busy...
: tilted all the time whilst flying...n O firmly believes this
: feature is only true for issued watches of this sort...
: Many then seen were fitted with later or earlier with dome plexi
: from the Civilians O's own opinion that is.

: Also, the Radium GMT marker is intact n original...
: Many watches have lost this or the markers were repaired or stuck
: on with the freaking glue...
: so is the same on hands, even the minute hands has lost most of its
: Radium lumes...
: traces of the remaining material on the minute hand is still
: luminous...

: Then again, the provenance of an issued watch, n it is the exact
: watch featured in the article n book by the Italian writer or
: experts on these watches
: to say the least...

: O is no expert on issued watches...n still learning about them..
: BUT that said...when O sees this watch even for the very 1st time(O
: never knew about these watches before to be honest)
: O knows the watch is 100% honest...NOT a cooked up or mixed n
: matched put together watch...
: n that it could even be in 100% Original specs.

: Last but not the least...the case is still looking in its original
: shape from factory...NOT been repolished before...
: There is also NO rusting(except slightly on the fixed bars)
: NO dents, NO deep scratches, NO nothing negative about the
: case...nor the entire watch to be precise.

: On a side note:

: O learns since that many of the Czech Air Force pilots had fled to
: neighbouring Poland, France n eventually
: many of the Czech Air Force pilots had served in the Britain's
: Royal Air the start of the WW2 in the Battle of
: Britain...

: The Selling price of this watch, As Is Head Only, is USD 9,500 O.B.O.
: inclusive of shipping by FEDEX...but excludes Insurance.

: Payment in USD by Wire Transfer or by PayPal + Fees.

: Return is acceptable(if returned in the same conditions as posted
: in here) n LESS its shipping costs, if the watch is found to be not as described,
n O is notified within the 1st day of its delivery/arrival.

: Plenty of pictures of this watch are available n can be sent by
: email or via Whatsapp.

: Thanks very much for watching...

: Best regards
: Orchi.


: Or by Whatsapp would be fine as well. +62 823 2244 2244

: Cell phone(Malaysia): +6016 328 0244 Or +6016 264 2444

: Here are addtional pictures n informations which might relate to
: this amazing watch:


: Here is the Longines pictured alongside the IWC MK.11...
: One can see the clear difference just by comparison in size n
: legibility of both these famed military pilot watches...

: The Longines being designed n produced in something like more than
: a decade earlier, before the IWC MK.11...
: is by far much larger.


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