New: The Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition

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The Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition is a contemporary timepiece that draws inspiration from the brand’s historical models supplied to the Czechoslovakian Air Force in the 1930s. This modern iteration is designed for the aviation watch enthusiast, offering a blend of vintage aesthetics and modern watchmaking performance.

Press release with commentary in italics.

New: The Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition

The watch features a 43mm wide grade 5 titanium case, which is a departure from the traditional stainless steel, offering a lighter feel on the wrist while maintaining durability. The design includes a fluted coin-edge rotating bezel and a cushion-style case that reflects the design language of the original Majetek pilot’s watches.

Equipped with the Longines calibre L893.6, the watch promises a 72-hour power reserve and is a COSC-certified chronometer. The silicon balance-spring provides enhanced resistance to magnetic fields.

We especially like the darker, low-contrast color palette of the dial for its stealthy design, although some may argue that it compromises legibility. Furthermore, the price point of $5,000 places the Majetek Pilot Pioneer Edition in a competitive market segment, where numerous options are available for collectors and enthusiasts with varying preferences.

In summary, the Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition is a significant release that pays tribute to Longines’ aviation heritage. While it showcases the brand’s historic creations, the watch’s design choices and pricing will ultimately determine its place in the market and among consumers.

Press release

With the LONGINES PILOT MAJETEK, launched last year, the winged hourglass brand marked the return of a pilot’s watch with an emblematic design. In 2024, the LONGINES PILOT MAJETEK PIONEER EDITION comes in dark grey and black in a Grade 5 titanium version, limited to 1,935 pieces and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). This watch follows in the footsteps of the Longines precision instruments worn by the greatest pioneers during their legendary exploits.

On 1 April 1935, Longines registered the Pilot Majetek model with the International Bureau of Industrial Property in Berne, Switzerland. Initially designed for aviators, this timepiece has gradually won over a wider public looking for a reliable, robust and precise watch. Almost 90 years later, in 2023, the brand resurrected this singular pilot’s watch, with completely revamped technical and ergonomic features.

This year, the collection has been extended with a special series in Grade 5 titanium, an alloy that is both lighter and stronger than steel. The Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition is limited to 1,935 pieces, in reference to the model’s year of birth. Faithful to its predecessors and asserting its original character, this tool-watch is distinguished by a fluted bidirectional bezel mounted on its cushion-shaped case.

At 9 o’clock, the exterior of the 43 mm Grade 5 titanium case is fitted with an engraved “1935” commemorative plaque, housing an innovative gear mechanism. It guarantees water-resistance up to 10 bar (100 m) of the external fluted rotating bezel system coupled to the internal luminescent mobile triangle marker, or Starting Time Indicator. The latter is positioned under the sapphire crystal, from which it is independent, and above the dial. On the historic 1935 model, the bezel and the glass fitted with the marker rotated as a single unit. On today’s model, the sapphire crystal is fixed and contributes to the water-resistance of the new case.

Combining bold design and cutting-edge technology, the Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition is powered by the exclusive Longines calibre L893.6. Equipped with a silicon balance- spring and innovative components, this movement offers a resistance to magnetism that exceeds the requirements of the ISO 674 standard by a factor of more than ten, and has a power reserve of up to 72 hours. The entire watch is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), an independent testing body. This certification process subjects the finished watch – case and operating movement – to a trial period of 15 consecutive uninterrupted days. The entire watch is subjected to a series of operating tests in different positions at three different temperature levels to confirm its accuracy.

Associated with aviation and its pioneers for over 100 years, Longines also invented the rotating bezel in the early 1920s. Some Longines pilot’s watches, such as the Pilot Majetek, are fitted with rotating bezels with a moving luminescent index, the Starting Time Indicator. Its function: to display the departure time of a mission and accurately measure the flight time between each change of course. Like the flyback complication, also invented by Longines, this innovation played a key role in the conquest of the skies in the early 20th century.

This new model has a matt black grained dial. The hours are indicated by struck Arabic numerals treated with grey Super-LumiNova® with bluish luminescence and accentuated by a railway-style minute track. Baton hands skim over them, also coated in grey Super- LumiNova® with bluish luminescence. The oversized sub‐second dial, recessed in the dial at 6 o’clock, is a reminder, together with the fluted bezel, of the original functional character of this pilot’s watch.

The Longines Pilot Majetek Pioneer Edition comes with a black technical fabric strap. This limited series comes in a special Heritage box in the same colour.


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  1. J. Quincy Magoo on

    Fun design. But even with the titanium case material and movement, the watch is still a simple three hander, time only watch, and the price is not only extravagant, it’s not justifiable, especially with the quality of what’s available from others in that price range.