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Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph Review

Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph Review

I have floated towards exceptionally customary chronographs since my most punctual days gathering watches. I’ll always remember strolling into an Omega boutique and seeing my first Speedy Pro. That watch has been something that is stayed in my circle in some structure for quite a long time. What I love about chronographs is the collaboration with the watch; popping the top pusher similarly as you empty the bubbling water into your Chemex, and afterward snapping all the hands back to zero after you unavoidably neglect to stop the development when your espresso is prepared. Longines is no more peculiar to chronograph watches with numerous models spread across their setup throughout the long term and in 2017 at Baselworld, they presented a cutting edge understanding of an uncommon model from their set of experiences. The Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph (ref. L2.816.4.53.2) is a vintage military-styled watch that Longines didn’t know they had created. They were indicated a vintage model by a gatherer, past to which no instances of the BigEye existed in the Longines Museum. The BigEye proceeded to win the “Recovery” Prize at 2017’s GPHG Awards and has seen extraordinary accomplishment in the market since.


The Longines Avigation BigEye comes in a 41mm steel case that from the start may strike you as basic. In any case, there are inconspicuous cleaned components that get your attention and hold your consideration. Longines has applied a pleasant brushed completion to the majority of the surfaces working on this issue, except for the meager steel bezel that is cleaned to a mirror finish. This component, I think, gets the light in truly unforeseen ways giving the watch such a “harsh gem like” quality.

The BigEye gauges in at a decent 48.5mm carry to haul. This matched with the case size accommodates my 7.25″ wrist well indeed. The drags themselves are really thick and burly, dropping descending drastically from the case. Being a programmed chronograph, there’s a normal thickness present at about 14.3mm including the domed sapphire. The watch wears neatly for that size, in any case, and I haven’t discovered it excessively inclined to leaping out and getting doorjambs and the like.

The curiously large crown and pushers are a portion of my number one components of the watch. Huge and almost misrepresented, the marked crown gauges in at around 7.5mm alone; and the pushers broaden carefully from the case. It very well might be the general right-hand profundity of the watch itself or the attention on lopsidedness, however I discover the case and pusher/crown combo to be unequal. In any case, when you take a gander at them, something clicks between the two.

Lastly, the marked caseback highlights the outline of a plane and the points of interest composed across the periphery. This is an immediate gesture to the exemplary aeronautical interpretations presents here.


At first look, the dial makes it evident how the Avigation BigEye got its name. Looking similar to a curious emoticon, it’s composed of three subdials with the furthest right being the larger than usual moment counter. It’s fascinating when comparing this watch to the nearest “peer” in my assortment, the Speedmaster Professional. The Speedmaster has a feeling of equilibrium to it that’s, as I would like to think, done quite well. Though the Longines has taken that balance and flipped it completely around with a powerfully lopsided layout.

Spending additional time with the Longines will keep on uncovering a portion of the bizarre parts of the dial. The enormous sub-dial that gives the watch its name is likewise partitioned into ten portions like clockwork, liable to time a particular application that the first watch was imagined for. This took some becoming acclimated to, however subsequent to having it on my wrist for a couple of days, I’m utilized to it. It’s convenient planning steaks on the flame broil too.

The rest of the dial should feel comfortable and recognizable to most pilot-watch-adoring people with enormous painted/lumed numerals, a profound matte dark dial, and differentiating gleaming white lumed hands. The one other fascinating thing to bring up here is the fragile chronograph hand decorated with a tear formed stabilizer. That tasteful is extended to the moment and hour counter hands that have little precious stone decorations. This separates them from the ticking-seconds as it’s a straightforward, straight hand. I can’t resist the urge to think this was intended to amass hands with capacities visually.

One keep going comment on the lume of the watch: the entire dial has lumed components from the hands to the painted numerals. The hands, nonetheless, have a lot more splendid application, and the differentiation is recognizable when you walk inside from remaining in the brilliant sun. In any case, it’s compelling and offers an appealing dial when charged up.


The gave Longines tie is a straightforward earthy colored, full join calfskin tie with a marked clasp. It’s comfortable and viable, however to a great extent mediocre. The watch, in any case, is an outright tie beast and looks incredible on most tie combinations. The Avigation BigEye is similarly at home on calfskin as it would be on canvas or a NATO. Changing the lash will likewise change the “vibe” of the watch significantly. Going from the earthy colored OEM lash to a pleasant gleaming dark tie would dress it up essentially, while going to a “Bond” NATO would make this look experience ready.


One of the things that pulled in me to the BigEye in any case was that Longines decided to skirt the normal Valjoux chronograph developments and rather settled on the L688.2 Column-Wheel Chronograph development. Created by ETA under the moniker ETA A08.L01, this development sports a 54-hour power save and beats at 28,800 bph. My involvement in the development up to this point has been superb. The L688.2 has kept great time, and the chronograph pushers have an agreeably material snap to their activity, with the hands reacting very well.


Ultimately, the Longines Avigation BigEye is another progression not far off of vintage reissues from significant Swiss brands. How you feel about that will be an individual assurance. I, for one, appreciate seeing these brands dig their past for things that they can bring to the table. It permits me to encounter a portion of the vintage stylish, while additionally having a solid watch that won’t require overhauling and will be water-tight (in as much as a pilot’s chrono is relied upon to be). I additionally feel that the uneven dial is intriguing in a scene of chronographs that have fundamentally the same as sub-dial formats. In the event that I needed to figure, the accomplishment of the BigEye has to do with the eccentricity of the plan. This would be an incredible watch for somebody that needs to add a chronograph to their assortment yet might want something one of a kind, or somebody searching for a crazy, vintage day by day wearer without the migraine that can at times be related with vintage pieces. The Longines Avigation Big Eye is accessible for $2,625 longines.com

Necessary Data

>Brand: Longines

>Model: Avigation BigEye Chronograph

>Price: $2,625

>Size: 41mm

>Would analyst by and by wear it: Yes, and I much of the time do.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Anyone with a preference for pilots watches or chronographs.

>Best normal for watch: The topsy-turvy dial, no doubt.

>Worst normal for watch: The stock strap.