The brand from Saint-imier in Switzerland’s Jura Region is a Swatch Group subsidiary with an especially good price-performance ratio. Longines’ self-winding watches have prices starting at around $1,100. The label’s automatic chronographs are available for around $1,600 and up. Founded in 1832, Longines is a genuinely traditional watch manufacturer. But this brand no longer makes its own movements; instead, it uses calibers that its fellow Swatch Group member ETA manufactures either in large series or exclusively for Longines. read important information, such as the flight time of a mortar’s grenade, from the seconds subdial. But today the small seconds hand merely confirms that the watch is still running. A date display is a “must” for many customers, so many watch manufacturers provide it – despite the fact that it wasn’t on the original model.
But in all other respects, the Heritage Military is an attractive watch that’s readily legible night and day and offers both a stop-seconds function and a rapid-reset mechanism for the date display. ese two useful indicators are viable and fairly common thanks to contemporary movement technology, but they weren’t an option for owners of yesteryear’s wristwatches.
Automatic Caliber ETA 2895 does its duty behind a massive stainless-steel caseback bearing simple engravings: its name and number. e movement keeps time with the proverbial punctuality of a Prussian soldier. e average daily deviation was a slight gain of 1.7 seconds on the timing machine and an even smaller daily loss of just 0.5 second on the wrist. Only the 9 seconds of difference among the several positions can detract a bit from the disciplined impression made by the Heritage Military.
e only detail that doesn’t look historically military is the watch’s alligator leather strap. But then again, a touch of elegance is always welcome, even when it spruces up a soldier’s appearance.
The small seconds subdial was located in the correct position 100 years ago.