Longines has been feeling nostalgic and we horology enthusiast appreciate it! Thanks to their well kept museum and very rich back catalog from which they can draw inspiration. We saw it recently when they re-issued their “Heritage 1969” and now they’re back with yet another impressive watch for their “Heritage” collection.
When you’ve been around since 1832 manufacturing timepieces, it’s understandable to feel like you’ve seen it all. Most likely there have been bad and good choices, but now you can pick and choose from the past with a higher level of hindsight.
Design wise this new Longines was inspired by models circulating between an era in which wrist watches were initially starting to be preferred over pocket watches. These mid-transition timepieces were much in vogue during World War One, since pocket watches were not practical in combat. So, in essence these watches are downsized pocket watches with thin lugs soldered onto the case. There were other major horology brands that issued these kind of timepieces, such as: Omega and Girard-Perregaux. But, typical manufactures opted not to feature their brand name on these so-called “trench watches”.
The round 44mm satin-brushed stainless-steel case, with a flat bezel and widely spaced lugs. There is a fluted crown, instead of a large onion style crown, as seen on the 1918 model that inspired the most of the features on this timepiece. And in order to secure the case for undesired elements it’s been covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with multilayered anti-reflective coating.
The dial on this Longines was directly inspired by a watch they originally debuted, back in 1918. Although they have inverted the color scheme. While the 1918 model had an overall white dial with black accents. This reissue has a predominantly matte black dial with white accents. Once again thanks to the constant reminders walking down the aisles of the Longines Museum’s historical collection, at the company’s Saint-Imier headquarters.
Time is exhibited on a matte black dial via white Arabic numerals and a white minute railroad track ring, circling the fixed bezel. These numerals were hand-painted and coated with SuperLuminova, for enhanced legibility. There is also a sub-seconds dial, aligned with the 6 o’clock position, which opens downward to a white aperture date window. The Longines brand is printed slightly under the 12 o’clock position and time is pointed out by elegant Breguet-type hands, with a cathedral design.
Longines Heritage Military
This “Longines Heritage Military” (Ref#: L2.818.104.22.168) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L615.3, with 27 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 42 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (98 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with large scales, exposed white stitching and secured by a stainless-steel buckle.
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