Oh yes, another cool Military timepiece
Almost every time a brand tells us that they are reinventing an old military watch, we are excited. A military watch is always cool – no matter what argument you have to disagree, it’s wrong. It’s like a tank, or an aeroplane or even a helicopter. These things are reinvented and improved each year, but it doesn’t matter if you see one dating back to WWI or one that’s made in 2015.. it’s cool. Boy toys are always good, can’t go wrong with items that have that much testosterone floating through its materials. The same goes for a military – or military inspired – watch.
The new Longines Heritage Military
You know that time we wrote about the Alpina KM-710? It was an expression of manly emotion and historical perfection. Now, there’s another military inspired piece of happiness: the Longines Heritage Military. Besides the fact the name of this watch gives you a warm and cosy feeling, the design makes you want to sit back and enjoy old military videos. The smell of old gear, the feeling that turns you into an 11 year old boy and the goose bumps when hearing tales of never to be forgotten heroes.. You may find this a bit of an exaggeration, but it is not. This is cool, remember?
On a bit more serious note though: Longines revamped their military watch as it was known in the early 20th century. Large Arabic numerals, a sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a very readable dial. It is a rather simplistic watch, exactly what you would expect from a watch that has its design fully inspired by a military timepiece dating almost 100 years ago. A big difference is the case and lugs, not very strange. Imagine a watch being purely practical in the 1920’s and a watch being an luxury accessory in 2016. A huge difference. However, Longines did a good job, not losing the authentic feeling in this new design. It breathes military throughout the typical military design characteristics and that’s something you would want when reinventing such a timepiece. Overall a very nice timepiece with a good size: 44mm. It’s not your average dress watch, but hey, a military watch has to be big. Imagine trying to look at your watch to decide if it’s tea-time or not, not able to easily read it and bullets scratching your ears.. that doesn’t work. Soldiers had to see what time it was in the blink of an eye. There was no time for long stare downs with their watches, that’s why they were – and still are – so big in size. These military watches.
In the heart of this Heritage piece, we find the L615.3 Calibre. If you’re a bit into Longines, or just very wise, you’ll probably recognize the ETA 2895.2 Calibre in this one. 42 hours of power reserve are enough for a little less than two days of battlefield. Scratch resistant sapphire glass and a non-reflective coating makes it easy to use the watch while operating in the scorching heat of the Sahara, or some kind of other very hot place. With enough sunlight to risk invisibility if wearing a watch WITHOUT a non-reflective coating on the glass. As said, this houses in a Stainless Steel case with a diameter of 44mm. A cool feature – something we see more often with reinvented ‘vintage’ or ‘military’ watches – is the use of SuperLuminova on the numerals. I guess it’s a thing of personal taste, but I really like it when a watch is well-filled with Lume. A nice black alligator leather strap is perfect for this timepiece and gives it the luxury finish it needs. However, since it is a military watch, it wouldn’t be wrong to wear it with a NATO strap. I like it when a watch is so versatile.
All in all a cool new ‘oldskool’ Military timepiece with strong characteristics of the original piece as displayed below. Longines, I salute you!
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