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Longines Air Ministry AM 6B/159 - 1956 - White Dial - Military Issued watch ***SOLD***

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A Rare Gents Vintage Longines Air Ministry 6B/159  Military / Pilot’s Watch (1940s, Modified and Reissued 1956)

This 6B/159 military issue wrist watch, made by Longines, is a 1956 re-cased and dialed series of 1940s original.

Produced by a number of world-class Swiss watch makers, including not only Longines but Omega and Jaeger LeCoultre, 6B/159 models were issued to both navigators and RAF pilots during World War II.

In the 1950s, a number of these watches were recommissioned by the Ministry of Defence, with modifications made that included replacing the cheap wartime alloy cases with a larger, stainless steel, screw-back case that rendered the watch more waterproof (made by prestigious British case-makers, Dennison under licence.

This sparse and elegant timepiece with off-white dial and blue steel leaf hands is a genuine piece of British military history, much sought after by collectors - especially those seeking the full set of 6B/159 watches, both originals and reissues. These were issued with both black and white dials as we find here.

The case back of this watch is marked with the model reference A.M - 6B/159 along with  ‘3478/56’ dating it to the year 1956.

What’s On Offer 

This watch is in an overall fantastic condition, although the dial is a little marked and discoloured - but the case in contrast is barely blemished for its age, with crisp sharp edges and fat lugs and in full working order, having recently been fully serviced by our horologist.

Originally off-white, the dial has now discoloured pretty evenly to a beautiful cream patina, with some loss of dial paint at the 9 o'clock mark! 

The piece is sold on a brown leather NATO strap with steel pin buckle which can be exchanged for a new NATO fabric strap in a colour of your choice, if preferred. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel

Dial: Off-white

Crystal: Plexiglas

Bracelet: New leather NATO

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual wind

Movement type: Mechanical 

Calibre: 12.68N

Jewels: 16j

Waterproof: When new

Purchase details

Condition: Great overall condition for its age

Model Reference Number: A.M. 6B/159

Date of issue: Originally 1940s, reissued 1956


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee 


Width: 36mm

Lug width: 17mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 46mm

Wrist size: Adjustable