Heritage 1968 timekeeper by Longines is somewhat different when compared to the usual contemporary watches. Mostly, these differences refer to its vintage styling, or particularly its square shape and its smaller dimensions that are nowadays atypical, especially for a men’s timepiece. The new retro styled timepiece which Longines supplied with an automatic mechanical movement is made in two versions: while the slightly larger (33 mm x 33 mm) unisex model is in stainless steel, the smaller ladies’ watch (26 mm x 26 mm) is in red gold.
Ever since Longines completely renovated its museum in Saint-Imier in 2012, it has been launching more and more timepieces from the Heritage series that recreates the brand’s iconic models from the past. In most of the occasions, the original version of the recreated piece can be found exhibited in the museum, as it is precisely the case with Heritage 1968. As it is not so hard to guess, the name of the novel model we are talking about derives from the year in which the archetype model saw the light of the day.
Silver Dial with Painted Roman Numerals
Longines Heritage 1968 simply exudes a vintage spirit which can also be seen on its lovely classical silver dial. The face of the square watch includes painted slim and black Roman numerals, three central hands and a trapezoid-shaped date aperture which is jammed between four and five o’clock positions. One of the tad modernistic details is the fact that the watch’s crystal is slightly domes at the middle portion. The glass in question is made out of sapphire and it is coated with several layers of glare-proof coating on the underside, as it is common for Longines timekeepers. Going along the overall classic theme of the watch, Longines chose a black alligator leather strap with a pin buckle for the attachment.
Small & Smaller
There are two versions of the watch that have the same general appearance, but are to some extent different since they include differing case sizes and materials, different color of the hands, as well as of some of the accents featured on the dial. The differences are not just superficial, but also regarding the used caliber. However, this is simply caused by the dimensions of the square cases. Two utilized movements have the same general characteristics and functions – the calibers in question are self-winding mechanical movements. Moreover, they and are both with ETA base movements and have the frequency of 28,800 vph.
The first version of the watch is slightly larger, with both the width and the height measuring to 33 mm. Though nominally a men’s watch, it can obviously be worn by women since it has such reduced dimensions. This timepiece includes Caliber L619 (ETA 2892/A2) with 21 jewels which provides a power reserve of 42 hours. The smaller 18 K pink gold version is 26 mm long and high and therefore much more suitable for a women’s wrist. Inside it is Caliber L595 (ETA 2000/1) with 20 jewels and the slightly lower power storage of 40 hours. Despite the version, Longines Heritage 1968 is water resistant to 30 meters.