Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1943

Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1943


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Longines 6B/159 RAF Pilots Wristwatch c.1943

These beautiful wristwatches were issued to RAF navigators and pilots during the Second World War.

RAF watches from this period were supplied by a number of prestigious watch manufacturers including Omega, Jaeger Le-Coultre and Longines. All these watches followed a standard specification which included a white dial with black arabic numerals, centre seconds and blued steel non-luminous hands. These watches are commonly referred to by their RAF stores reference number of 6B/159. This RAF stores reference refers to aircraft navigation equipment.

The Longines 6B/159 watch for sale was produced around 1943 at the heart of WW2. The watch would have been shipped to Arthur Baume, the Longines dealer in London prior to it being forwarded onto the RAF for active service. The last watch of its kind is recorded as being delivered to Baume in London on 31 May 1943.

Due to the increasing popularity and appreciation of these watches, Longines has recently produced a homage watch, which is based upon their illustrious wartime 6B/159. Naturally, this has further enhanced the interest and demand for good original examples, such as the one listed for sale.

The Longines 6B/159 for sale, therefore, represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a genuine piece of horological and military history.

The watch for sale is in wonderful condition having been sympathetically serviced by one of our highly skilled and experienced horologists.
The original factory dial has aged beautifully and is in very good condition.
The beautiful blue steel hands and crown are all correct to the original specification of the Longines 6B/159 watch. The second hand is a later day replacement, which is an exact replica of the original.
The chrome outer casing has numerous marks and tarnishing commensurate with age. The stainless steel case back has all the usual RAF issue markings. There are some fairly light scratches to the glass in places.
The beautiful 12.68N high-grade gilt movement is all correct and is in excellent condition and is currently running well and keeping good time.

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

Diameter: 32mm (exc crown)

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