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LONGINES MUSEUM | DONATION

During 9-14 October 2009 I had the chance of a trip to Switzerland. My desires to see the Longines Museum and to meet its custodian - Mr. Raymond KREBS – were the most important motivations of this trip.


Considering somehow ended my researches about the aircraft clocks that equipped the Romanian aircrafts during WW2 (all that I will find from now on will be details), I wished a lot to be able to bring to the Museum a Longines aircraft clock from the ones that were sent to Romania and particularly, a "type 4331" model that equipped IAR-80/81 military aircraft produced at Brasov - Romania during WW2.

If the visit to Patek Philippe Museum (Geneva) is an overwhelming experience through the adventure of organization, if the crossing of horology museum from La Chaux-de-Fonds is maybe one of the most instructive, coherent and complete lessons for watches history, if visiting the Museum from Le Locle | Chateau des Monts can be perceived as an interesting journey towards art and philosophy, then meeting the Longines Museum was the dearest road to take, very personal and that I enjoyed bit by bit!

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Taking to Switzerland a watch is simple in principle!

Taking a Longines "type 4331" aircraft clock - serial 6035957 and a IAR-80 aircraft professional model at 1:24 scale together with some documents of this watch’s history, framed and with some glass together, becomes complicated.


I took to the Museum besides the watch and the IAR-80 model:

• a presentation of IAR-80 aircraft;

• copies of Longines invoices that were delivered together with this kind of watches;

• Longines – Romanian military authority correspondence for these watches;

• Longines technical documentation sent to Romania in the period previous to WW2.

 

In the right column there are some images that present the made donation!

At the moment in which, at least a part of them, these will be exhibited in the Logines Museum, I will make a completion here.

Thanks to Logines Museum and especially to Mr. Raymond Krebs for an exemplary collaboration.
All my respect!

Longines Museum archives | 2009
Longines Museum archives | 2009

Longines Museum archives | 2009
Longines Museum archives | 2009

Longines Museum donation | 2009
Longines Museum donation | 2009

Longines Museum archives | 2009
Longines Museum archives | 2009

Longines Museum archives | 2009
Longines Museum archives | 2009

Longines Museum donation | 2009
Longines Museum donation | 2009

IAR-80 presentation
IAR-80 presentation






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