Longines has just announced a new military-inspired pilot’s chronograph in a 41 mm diameter steel case for under three grand.

The Avigation BigEye Chronograph features an enlarged 30-minute chronograph register at 3 o’clock that is designed to make elapsed minutes easier to read, and which gives the watch its “BigEye” nickname.

A 4Hz automatic ETA A08.L01 movement with a column-wheel and 54-hour power reserve drive the functions, that do not include a date.

The dial is matte black with snailed counters and printed luminous Arabic hour numerals and indices. A stepped bezel, domed sapphire crystal, flat crown, pumped pushers, and a predominantly brushed case give the watch an appealing retro aesthetic.

The caseback is solid, the crown is a push-in type, and water-resistance is 30 meters. The retail price is $2600.

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