Classic. Elegant. Timeless. With the hype of vintage-inspired timepieces, it should come as no surprise that many brands, like Longines, will see an increase in models that seem to be from another era, particularly in their Heritage collection.
Here’s an excellent example of how featuring elements of the past and the future can be quite extraordinary!
Every once in a while, Longines, like many other watchmakers, goes on a dig spree to resurrect old watches that deserve a second chance, and give them a full makeover.
With a very traditional style and profile that can easily be tucked away easily under a shirt cuff, Longines Heritage is the ideal watch for someone looking for a combination of timeless classic design and good value.
A glance through the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal at the lacquered white dial, shows that this watch has a lot going on. The sleek white dial is accented with blued steel hands. The central hour and minute hands are designed in the manner of a leaf, while the rest of the hands are baton style, including the hands for the tiny seconds, chrono subdials, and large central chrono seconds hand.
At the 6 o’clock position, there’s a slightly rectangular-shaped date aperture placed within the 12-hour counter sub dial.
Numerals and Markers
Another thing that stands out in the Longines Heritage watch, is the printing’s meticulous attention to detail. The dial flange is surrounded by a nicely printed black tachymetric scale. The railroad-style minute ring can be found on the 30-minute counter chrono sub-dial at 3 o’clock and the 12-hour sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Another railway-style seconds track may be seen at the 9 o’clock position on the little running seconds sub-register.
The case is made of highly polished stainless steel, 41mm in diameter and 14.5mm in thickness. It has a step-down design that gives depth to the dial’s appearance. The right side is decorated with polished chronograph pushers and a notched winding crown. The date function is controlled by a button placed at 10 o’clock.
The case back is transparent and has scratch resistant sapphire, allowing you to see the level of craftsmanship and numerous watch components in action, such as the pink watch jewels and the superbly completed L 688.2 Longines movement.
The case back is engraved with multiple inscriptions, including ‘LONGINES HERITAGE 1942,’ the its unique model number “L2.768.4”, and many more inscriptions highlighting certain qualities of the watch.
The water resistance rating of Longines Heritage is 30m/100ft. For this reason, it’s not meant to be worn while having a shower, nor when swimming, diving, or in any type of water sport.
You can still wear it if a small amount of water touches the watch’s surface for a small period of time, such as when washing your hands.
Longines’ calibre L 688.2 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with an ETA A08.L01 basis, is what makes the watch stand out!
This self-winding mechanical calibre with 27 jewels oscillates at 4Hz or 28’800 VPH and has a power reserve of about 54 hours. The three-quarter plate is finished with perlage, a finishing and ornamental pattern of radial brushed circles, while the rotor for the automatic self-winding is finished with Côtes de Genève – also known as “Geneva stripes”.
The watch’s case is hand-stitched with off-white thread on a black alligator leather strap. The inside of the strap, where it comes into touch with the wrist, and is lined with soft, comfortable calfskin leather. The steel pin buckle with the classic Longines flying wings insignia secures the leather watch band to the wrist.
The chrono adds a mechanical stopwatch function to the Longines Heritage, which is controlled by the pushers on the right side of the watch, allowing it to perform complex timed functions.
The top button sets and stops the timer, while the bottom button returns the hand to its initial position. This watch’s mechanical movement is powered by a column wheel mechanism. This provides smoother start and/or stop movement than the cam-actuated variety.
Find the Longines Heritage Chronograph 1942 at Onnik Time Center, at 50 Zinonos Kitieos Street in Larnaca.
For more information regarding this watch or any other collections, visit our website or contact us directly at 24 654506.