As it is customary for the watches from the Longines Heritage series, new model named simply Military is based on one of the historic watches that was made by the brand with the winged hourglass logo. The archetype model for the newcomer was a so-called trench type of timepiece which was worn by members of the military during the Great War. However, the novelty is only loosely based on this vintage piece and it is in some traits quite different from it. Longines Heritage Military comes in a steel housing. It features a self-winding mechanical movement which is quite reliable, but not so complex. The piece is available at the price of around $1,900.
Quite a Lot of Differences, Even in the Styling
Longines has a nice practice of reviving some of its iconic pieces from the past. These watches which are assorted in Heritage series are all based on the pieces which are on display at the brand’s museum in Saint-Imier. Depending on the model, the new iterations of vintage timekeepers are more or less similar when it comes to basic features, but are almost never completely the same, even in the styling. The same goes for general features. Of course, this is quite expected due to the transformation in the process of the production that has happened with the passage of time.
A Trench Watch as the Influence
New Longines Heritage Military is one of the new versions which is fairly dissimilar from its inspiration. There are several reasons for this. One of the most important among them is the fact that the timepiece is actually modeled after the watch which was made in 1918. The time when it came out was quite specific in the history of watchmaking and it was greatly influenced with the start of the World War I. During this period, there was a need for functional timekeepers which could be worn on a wrist and not inside a pocket as it was much more common up to that point. The first generation of new wristwatches was actually some sort of a middle stage between pocket watches and wristwatches as we know today. In order to be able to make them wearable in a new manner, Longines used thin and not so eye-catching lugs that were soldered onto the case of the watch. This is certainly one of the traits of the old model which the brand did not want to replicate and which was substituted with a more elegant solution.
Moreover, the archetype model had another difference which can be noticed even at the first glance. As it was common, it features a white colored dial made of porcelain (something that was recently seen on another vintage inspired model from a different brand, Frederique Constant Classic Art of Porcelain piece). Instead, Longines Heritage Model comes with a modernly made dial in black matte color.
The newcomer with the reference number L2.811.4.530 still replicates some of the visual elements of the historical model. It has the same gothic-styled Arabic numerals that are encircled with a railway minute track on the periphery. There is also a small second counter on the bottom of the dial.
Other details are changed. Instead of Breguet-styled hands that were originally used, the new version of the piece has cathedral hands where hour hand is additionally distinguished with a bulky segment that is placed right behind the narrow tip. The hands are rhodium treated and coated with SuperLuminova (the numerals are also luminous), which is of course one of the advantages of modern watchmaking that was not available at the time when the original was released. Another characteristic is the presence of a date aperture which is now present and which is located inside the small seconds sub-dial. Even though it was not originally used, it still raises the functionality of the piece.
While the looks of the dial might have been closer to the watch it was modeled after, the new type of movement was one of the traits which is quite expected. Longines Heritage Military comes with Calibre L615.3.It is an automatic mechanical movement which has ETA 2895/2 as a base movement. The well known caliber with 27 jewels has the diameter of 11 ½ lignes and the high frequency of 28,800 vph. Its modest power reserve measures to 42 hours.
The latest piece from the Heritage series is placed in a round stainless steel housing which is 44 mm wide. It has a sapphire crystal with several layers of glare-proofed coating on the front, while the back of the case is made from solid metal. The watch is waterproof to 30 meters. Longines Heritage Military is coupled with a black alligator leather strap which locks with a steel buckle.