Among the releases from Longines at this year’s Baselworld are a couple of watches that are cashing in on the heritage craze that continues to boom in the watch industry. Longines has been at the leading edge of this trend for some time, and they are among the brands that are doing it right.
Longines Heritage 1945
First up is the Longines Heritage 1945, a clean and simple dress watch that oozes ’40s-era style and my favorite of the two. The dial is a coppery color with a vertical brushed finish. There are simple Art Deco-style Arabic numerals on the even hours, and raised silver cabochon markers for the odd. There is a sunken sub-seconds dial above the six, and a set of gorgeous blued-steel leaf hands round out the styling.
The watch comes housed in a classic calatrava-style steel case with a wide, smooth bezel and signed crown. The case measures 40mm wide, which is a nice size for this style of watch, though 38-39mm would have been perfect in my opinion. The 1945 is powered by an automatic Longines L609.3 caliber (ETA 2895), though the vintage piece this watch is patterned after featured a manual-wind 12.68Z movement. I really wish Longines had kept to a manual wind movement for this re-edition, especially when it would capture the vintage 1940s vibe. That said, this really is a lovely watch, and it comes fitted with a vintage-style, honey suede strap.
The Longines Heritage 1945 will sell for $1,700.