Longines does heritage again with distinct seventies overtones 

Longines describes this Heritage 1969 model as one reflecting “charm and simplicity” while admitting with refreshing honesty that its looks are somewhat unusual.HERO Longines Heritage 1969

What is usual is that the watch draws its inspiration from a timepiece originally created by the brand in the late 1960s, which explains those distinctly  1970s looks.

The steel case is cushion-shaped and frames a brushed silvery dial, while pink-coloured hands and indexes give the watch “an additional touch of elegance”, according to Longines. We’re not sure if that’s the right word, but if you love retro this may well be the watch for you.

As with the original model, the date aperture is positioned at 4:30, never our favourite arrangement but hey … and at 36mm x 36mm the watch is suitable for a male or female wrist.

Longines Heritage 1969 with aligator strap

What is impressive is the box-form crystal giving a panoramic view of the hour of day and the L888.2 calibre movement within, one that offers a handy 64 hours of power reserve.

A black alligator-skin strap completes the look – we suspect that in the day it would have been an innocuous brown number, so a big improvement there.

The Heritage 1969 is yours for $2625, and should be in Australia well before the end of 2016.

Our take on the Longines Heritage 1969? Those looks might be an acquired taste, but if the latter runs to duffel coats and leggings, go for it.

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