The Longines double: the look is military, the flavour is heritage, the result is top-notch

Swiss watchmaker Longines has delved into the attic once again, producing this Heritage Military Watch, a contemporary timepiece with a design clearly influenced by army aesthetics.

 Longines Heritage Military Watch

The watch gives a contemporary cast to the lines of a dial used regularly in the brand’s early 20th century timepieces, a time when large Arabic numerals against a matt black dial made it easy to tell the time at a glance.

In this case the dial echoes one from a 1918 watch in the Longines Museum’s historical collection at the company’s Saint-Imier headquarters, and that legibility is enhanced here with with Super-LumiNova coating for the numerals and Breguet-type hands. Combined with a train track chapter ring, they ensure the dial can be easily read even in poor visibility.

The case shaping is typical of robust military watches of an earlier period, albeit with modern touches such as satin-brushed finishing and is presented here in 44mm – probably a good 10mm larger than they were in the day, but appropriate for a modern watch.

Longines Heritage Military Watch

Power comes from a self winding movement with 42 hours reserve, and according to Longines “the charismatic man who wears the Longines Heritage Military will draw many admiring glances to his wrist, secure in the knowledge that its great aesthetics do not come at the cost of reliability.”

We don’t know about that – reliability as long been taken for granted from well-known brands – but that said, we like the no-nonsense style of pieces like this, and yes, it’s sure to be admired.

Would we wear the Longines Heritage Military Watch? Given it’s hard to find an original in pristine condition why not? Our only reservation is the size – we’d have preferred it at 40mm rather than 44mm.

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