With the Heritage Military, Longines dispatches a handsome soldier to serve on the mechanical-timekeeping front.
| With the Heritage Military, Longines dispatches a handsome soldier to serve on the mechanical-timekeeping front.
— The Longines Heritage Collection offers exciting options for fans of mechanical watches. e line contains watches inspired by the brand’s own models from bygone decades and includes divers’ and pilots’ watches, chronographs, elegant watches, and military watches. A timepiece belonging to the lastmentioned genre is the Heritage Military, our test watch, which traces its design to 1918 and thus to World War I. is was the era when strap lugs were first soldered onto men’s pocketwatches so they could be worn on the wrist. e reasons: It was impractical for a soldier to search among the many pockets in his uniform to find his pocketwatch, and even after he had located the timepiece, it was difficult to extract it while cowering in a trench or crowded aboard an overfilled transport vehicle.
ese early wristwatches for soldiers typically had large luminous numerals written in a typeface that looks ornamental rather than militarily functional. Longines borrowed these historical numerals for its Heritage Military, but replaced the slim Breguet hands of the original model with more readily legible poire hands coated with luminous substance. e new dial – which is black – looks very distinctive, as does the larger case with its wider bezel. And this is a genuine wristwatch case, not a pocketwatch case like the one used on the historical model.
The positioning of the subdial for the seconds is less effective on the contemporary watch than it was on the original. e necessarily small subdial is located too close to the center of the dial and too far from the edge because ETA Caliber 2895 is much too small to adequately fill the 44-mm-diameter case of this amply sized watch. e same criticism applies to the date display, which is also positioned too far from the edge of the dial.
Such lack of harmony occurs frequently nowadays because standard movements from the ’60s and ’70s are encased inside progressively larger watches. Decades ago, each movement was as large as it needed to be to fill the case of its watch: is enabled a soldier to