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Baselworld 2016: Longines RailRoad, with Pricing

by Robin Lim on March 19, 2016

Longines have a vast history in the trade of watchmaking, and once again, they have looked into their archives to create yet another promising reissue: the Longines RailRoad.

In the past, there were no computers or any devices that can program or schedule the railway service and making sure that the trains are punctual. Hence, a good timepiece is essential and are issued to the employees to keep track of train schedules. Among the many watchmakers that produces these sort of watches, Longines is one of the few that stands out with its functionality and accuracy. Notably, it is worn by employees of many railway companies, encompassing a variety of places such as the USA, China, and Italy.

 

The Longines RailRoad, from the Heritage collection.

The Longines RailRoad, from the Heritage collection.

 

The new Longines RailRoad is inspired by a similar timepiece that was created in the 1960s. There are many similar characteristics between these two watches, such as the dial configuration and aesthetics of the timepiece. Even the minute details, such as the letters “RR” on the dial, is replicated on the reissue.

Continuing on the aesthetics, off-white polished domed dial features two time scales: the inner ring that displays the 24-hour scale, and an outer ring that displays the 12-hour scale. Interestingly, the 12-hour scale had replaced the the digit “12” with “0”. It also features a minute-ring that aid in telling time precisely.

The timepiece is powered by the L888.2 automatic winding caliber, a movement that is produced exclusively for Longines.  It is a time-only watch, with a power reserve of approximately 64 hours.

 

Paired with a black alligator leather strap, the Longines RailRoad is a classy and rather dressy timepiece.

Paired with a black alligator leather strap, the Longines RailRoad is a classy and rather dressy timepiece.

 

Fitted with a 40mm steel case, the Longines RailRoad is sized appropriately. It is also fitted with an engraved caseback that features original decorations that can be found on pocket watches design for railway companies in the 1920s, and it will be paired with an elegant alligator leather strap. It will be priced at S$2,700. For more information, please check out Longines’ website here.

 

Technical Specifications:

 

Longines RailRoad

 

Reference number:

  • L2.803.4.23.0/3

 

Calibre:

  • Automatic winding mechanical movement
  • Calibre L888.2 (ETA A31.L01)
  • 11½ lines, 21 jewels, 25,200 alternations per hour
  • 64-hour power reserve

 

Functions:

  • Hours, minutes and seconds

 

Case:

  • Round, 40 mm, steel
  • Screwed back with engraving inspired by the original decorations found on pocket watches designed for railway companies in the 1920s
  • Sapphire crystal with multilayered anti-reflective coating

 

Water resistance:

  • Up to 3 bar (30 meters)

 

Dial:

  • Off-white polished, 24 black painted Arabic numerals

 

Hands:

  • Shiny lacquer black

 

Strap:

  • Black alligator with buckle

 

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