Longines continues its streak of solidly made and eminently affordable vintage remakes with the Heritage Classic featuring a “sector” dial. The segmented dial design revisits a style, sometimes known as a “scientific” dial, that’s currently popular, one that has been done by brands as diverse as Habring2, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Laurent Ferrier.
The sector dial was fairly common in the first half of the 20th century, and unlike most other companies doing remakes, Longines actually did produce such watches back in the day. According to Longines, the Heritage Classic is modelled on a watch from 1934 that’s in the company museum.
As with the original, the sector dial on the remake is two-tone, with the chapter ring for the hour markers having a concentric brushed finish, while the central portion is finely grained. The markings are all printed, while the hands are blued steel.
The modern day remake is a faithful approximation of the original, right down to the typography for the Longines logo. It’s correctly proportioned as well, with a steel case that’s larger than the original but not too large, measuring 38.5mm in diameter and 10mm high, including the domed, “box glass” sapphire crystal.
And because the case is matched with an appropriately sized movement that’s 25.6mm (or 11 1/1”’) wide, the subsidiary seconds does not sit too close to the centre of the dial, as is the case with large cases and small movements.
The L893 movement inside is an ETA A31.L91, which is actually that ETA 2892 that’s been upgraded with an extended power reserve that’s in part due to a reduced beat rate and silicon hairspring. Another variant of the calibre is found in the recently launched Master Collection Moonphase.
The Heritage Classic is available with either a blue or black calfskin strap. Both versions are accompanied by an extra “denim effect”, NATO style leather strap, as well as a strap removal tool.
Key facts and price
Heritage Classic (ref. L2.8126.96.36.199 and L2.8188.8.131.52)
Case diameter: 38.5mm
Water resistance: 30m
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 25,200bph (3.5Hz)
Power reserve: 64 hours
Strap: Calfskin with pin buckle
Availability: Fourth quarter of 2019 onwards
Price: US$2,150, or 3,180 Singapore dollars
For more, visit Longines.com.
Update October 14, 2019: Case height added.Back to top.
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