With Longines Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with 60 seconds and 12 hours counters and its sale to Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co, Longines' agent for the USA at the time, on 20 September 1948.
Usually, the indication for chronographic minutes in vintage watches - and in many modern ones as well - is found in a dedicated subsidiary counter. With ref. 23086, Longines adopts a very different layout, with a bold red chronographic minutes hand in the center, and additional railway minute divisions on the dial. Beyond the historical and technical importance of such a layout, the aesthetic final result is remarkably attractive, with the red minute hand adding character to the already very enthralling dial aged to a nearly perfect ivory shade, with matching luminous numerals and hands which acquired a warm chestnut hue. A further layer of historical appeal is conferred onto this timepiece by the LXW designation engraved on the movement. Such engraving was reserved to watches destined to the American market.