Swiss watch maker Longines have announced they are releasing a new watch based on the Second World War timepiece issued to British parachutists.
The COSD (Company Ordnance Supply Department) Longines Paratrooper watch was specially designed to absorb shocks with a slightly oversized case.
It wasn’t available in large numbers by 1944, so was not widely issued.
“These watches were developed in 1944 for the rigours of airborne work by the research and development team of the War departement. They used the existing stocks of Longines calibre 12.68N movements and housed them in a purpose made shock resisiting cases made from brass and then nickel plated. These watches were intende to be ready for issue by D-Day, 6 JUNE 1944, however many of these watches remained in various states of completion and very few were issued after the war.” Bonhams
Longines have announced they are reissuing this classic as part of their Heritage range. Rather than a re-imagining its a very close match to the original, even down to the fact its only water resistant to 30m and not 100m which is more of a modern standard.
“The opaline dial boasts a chapter-ring comprising large black Arabic numerals as well as a red 24-hour scale enhanced with blued hands. A railway-track minute ring serves to further emphasize the military style of the watch.” Longines
The dial comes in either matt black or opaline.
It comes with the NATO nylon strap (which I have on my CWC watch and am a big fan of), though there is an option for a leather strap.