Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1956

Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1956

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Very Rare Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1956

In 1956, a large number of surplus 6B/159 pilot watches originating from WW2 were modified and re-issued to the RAF by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The wonderful movements, and in some cases, the dial and hands from the cheaper wartime alloy cased watches were re-housed in larger stainless-steel, screwback, waterproof cases. These cases were supplied by the famous British case maker, Dennison.

Although a large majority of these watches were issued with black dials and luminous hour markers and hands, some were issued with white dials and blue steel hands.

Interestingly, these watches were the last to be issued to the RAF with the 6B/159 designation.

The Longines ’56 for sale, with its interesting MoD replacement dial, is generally considered to be a rarer find than its more commonly found Omega counterpart.

The watch comes from the family of the original owner and is in “drawer find” condition, having been stored away for the last forty years.

The Longines ’56 for sale, therefore, is a true collector’s piece and is sure to be of interest to any military watch collector or enthusiast.

The Longines 6B/159 ’56 for sale is in excellent overall condition.
The beautiful blue steel hands and crown are correct to the original specification of the watch.
The MoD replacement dial is in lovely overall condition with no obvious flaws or blemishes. There are one or two light scratches to the centre of the dial.
The casing is in excellent condition with very few noticeable marks or scratches.
The Longines 12.68N calibre movement is correct and is in very good condition. The watch is currently running well and keeping very good time.

The watch comes complete with a free six-month warranty, newly fitted NATO strap and a quality handmade leather watch pouch.

Diameter: 36mm (ex crown)

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