L2 – Longitude 1933
Our 44mm Longitude Marine Series watch acknowledges the achievement of Hubert Scott-Paines’ record breaking Miss Britain III hydroplane boat, and powered by a beautiful ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, there is no doubt that it will keep impeccable time.
Its classic black enamelled dial with contrasting white indexed Roman numerals evoke the halcyon days of great British world record achievement and the polished diamond cut hands are true to the elegant clean lines of Scott-Paines’ hydroplane.
L2’s beautifully smooth polished case and DSL lugs effortlessly sweep into the black vintage Horween leather strap which is handmade in the Zero West workshop. A polished and deep engraved half exhibition globe back with sapphire crystal window commemorates Hubert Scott-Paines’ 1933 100mph record-breaking run on Southampton water, over 80 years ago.
(For strap sizing see + tab at the bottom of this page)
Latitude and Longitude reference Greenwich where Miss Britian III is now exhibited
- Dial design follows our L1 Longitude watch with period hands
Half exhibition watch back display with record event text engraving
- 44mm diameter 316L stainless steel billet machined & polished case
- Match machined & polished 316L stainless steel DSL lugs
- Polished and engraved 316L stainless steel back with complex engraving and exhibition sapphire crystal window
- Screw lock & sprung deep straight knurled & polished 316L stainless steel with triple seal technology
- Custom double curved domed sapphire glass with blue AR coating on the internal surface
- ETA 2824-2
- 25 jewels
- Self-winding ball bearing rotor
- Date function
- Power reserve ~38 hours
- Water resistance: 10ATM (100m) 100% tested
- Black enamel over brass substrate with over printed white numerals
- Polished steel with inset SuperLuminova X1 luminous pigment
- Polished steel diamond cut sweep hand
- 44mm diameter
- 14.1mm thick
- 22mm lug width
- 49.6mm lug to lug pin spacing
For the L2 we have chosen an ink black Horween Chromexcel with white waxed hemp stitching. This strap compliments the black enamael dial and denotes it’s famous sea going heritage. All our custom straps are edge burnished and formed, traditional saddle stitched and crafted from a single piece of leather, thinned and folded at the lug end. Each one is fitted with a single sliding keeper loop and brushed and polished quality ARD laser engraved buckle.
When you purchase one of our timepieces you do so knowing every detail has been engineered. Ours straps look and and feel beautiful, they really set the watch apart from other brands.
Of course if you would like a different strap for your L2 from our straps page please add a note in the checkout window.
- 22/22mm Custom handmade Horween Chromexcel water resistant leather strap in ink black
- Single wide sliding keeper loop
- Natural burnished edges
- Waxed hand stitching in white
- Polished & Brushed 316L stainless steel ARD buckle with engraved ZW logo
- Size info
We craft our straps in 2 lengths
- Standard – 180mm – 220mm wrist circumference (the most common)
- Large – 200 – 240mm wrist circumference
To celebrate this great British designer, we have limited production of this watch to just 50 pieces
Hubert Scott-Paine was a British designer, engineer, businessman and successful powerboat racer who epitomised the qualities of a great entrepreneur. Born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1891, Scott-Paine would go on to forge an illustrious career which would see him mastermind the creation of the Supermarine AviationCompany as well as the first cross-Channel flying-boat service, the British Power Boat Company and Imperial Airways. He was a thrill seeker and with his Supermarine aircraft company, won the coveted 1922Schneider Seaplane Trophy.
Not satisfied with sitting back on the Schneider Trophy success, Scott-Paine turned his attention to his love of the water by designing a groundbreaking hydroplane boat. The project was cloaked in secrecy at his Hythe based British Power Boat Company and within just ten weeks, the iconic world record breaking single engined craft named Miss Britain III was launched.
THE HYDROPLANE BOAT
The 1933 single engined hydroplane was designed by Scott-Paine and Fred Cooper to challenge for the International Harmsworth Trophy. It was a revolutionary design with aluminium reinforced wooden stringers and a highly polished Alclad pure aluminium skin and because of its groundbreaking geometry and lightweight materials, it weighed in at just 1.5 tons. Powered by a 1350 horsepower Napier Lion engine, and with a specially designed propeller, Miss Britain III was able to travel in excess of 100mph.
In September 1933 Scott-Paine piloted Miss Britain IIIin the Harmsworth Trophy challenge. He was narrowly beaten in a thrilling contest by Miss America X, a 38ft four engined, 7,800 horsepower colossus of a boat. The racing was close and the losing margin less than 1.5mph, but despite his defeat, Scott-Paine was lauded a British hero in what was described by the press as a “David vs Goliath” contest.
Just two months later on 6th November 1933 on Southampton Water, Scott-Paine set a new world water speed record in Miss Britain III, being the first single engined speedboat to exceed 100mph. A record that remarkably stood until the 1980’s.