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The Longines Heritage 1935 Hands On

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The Longines Heritage 1935 is one of the brand’s successful timepieces. The Heritage collection has all the key characteristics of the original, but it also did some special changes.Side of The Longines Heritage 1935 02 Even if it has slightly grown from 40mm to 42mm, the shape is a perfect copy of the old version. Same cushion design, same angular lugs, same fluted bezel. Even the big, rugged crown is similar. Seeing one next to the other, the resemblance is obvious.Front of The Longines Heritage 1935 03
The matte black dial is also very close to the original design. The large white Arabic numbers, the old Longines’ inscription, the railroad minutes track around the dial and the small second sub-dial are all part of the vintage-inspired feeling of the Heritage 1935. Even the ‘cathedral’ hands and the small second hand with counterweight are coherent with the Czech pilot watch. A true success at first sight, even with several nods to modernity.Side of The Longines Heritage 1935 The first difference comes with the lack of the triangular marker, as the bezel is fixed on this re-edition. But to be honest, the functional purpose of such a timing instrument is anymore somewhat outdated and only has a real use in diving watches. The other modernized update is of course the movement. Whereas the older one was powered by a pocket watch calibre, it seems difficult to integrate such a movement in a modern watch, especially for a mainstream brand such as Longines. For cost reasons and for the need of reliability, the Heritage 1935 comes with a robust ETA 2895-2, a self-winding movement that boasts 42hours of power reserve, a small seconds – and, unfortunately, a date function. Not that the date window is disgraceful or poorly integrated, but it has nothing to do with this watch, on an historical basis.

We can understand a sapphire crystal or a modern movement. But the absence of this date aperture on the dial would have been more than welcome. For the rest of its features though, it is again a very appealing watch from Longines.