The case measures 40mm across and is rendered in stainless steel; as you might imagine, it’s been upside from the original, but 40mm is still reasonable. A few years ago, this would have been a 42-43mm watch. The case is entirely polished and has faceted lugs. Around back, a solid case back covers the movement.
The silver dial, protected up top with a sapphire crystal, features black painted numerals done up in an ornate Breguet style. The dial has two registers — a running-seconds sub-dial at 3:00 and a 30-minute counter at 9:00. Some light branding below 12:00 keeps the dial clean, and there’s no unwelcome date function. Kudos, Longines.
Powering the watch is the Longines Cal. L895.5 (ETAA31.L21), which itself is based on the self-winding ETA 2892-A2. The mods here bring the power reserve to 58 hours. This is something that Longines, and Swatch Group in general, have done a good job with. Modifying pre-existing movements with brand-specific versions that feature upgraded specs is a good way to add value to these timepieces. At the same time, because so many of these movements are based on long-existing calibers, future serviceability shouldn’t be a challenge.
Available on the black leather strap, the Chronograph 1946 is priced at £2,490, with final USD pricing to be determined. Longines
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