BASELWORLD 2013: Longines Heritage Military 1938 Collection


Longines has been one of the most successful brands in recent years when it comes to remakes of historical pieces, including the Avigation A-7 from last year. Inspired by 1930s military watches, a new trio of watches under the ‘Heritage Military 1938’ banner are the latest additions to the Longines Heritage line. These new models are available in three versions – time-only, chronograph, and dual time zone versions.

For those who are familiar with many military watches of the 1930s and 1940s, the design of these new models will be immediately familiar. The Heritage Miltary 1938 watches all have a classic milwatch dial design of that period – black dials with large, white Arabic numerals and a railway minute track.

The basic model is a three-hand watch utilising the ever reliable ETA 2892 movement, which means that you’re unlikely to have to worry about its maintenance. At 40mm it is larger than its milwatch ancestors, sized more for contemporary tastes.

Next up is the Heritage Military 1938 24 hours, with a dual time zone function indicated via a red GMT hand and a 24-hour scale at the edge. At 42mm this is larger than the base model, and uses the ETA A07 movement.

The final and model is the Heritage Military 1938 Chronograph, also 42mm in size and also containing the ETA A07 movement.

All three models have identical matte black dials, a date window, and the same numeral and hands with Super-Luminova. They are all water resistant to 30m and come with fabric straps.

As homages/ reissues of the original military watches these are nicely made and are likely be competitively priced. If you want a modern military-styled watches these are probably worth considering. However, there is one final thought that I have mentioned previously apropos the A-7 and which for me, applies again here for these models – I find the date windows a little unnecessary.

If you want to read some of my posts on some vintage Longines watches such as an original Longines-Wittnauer Second Setting watch and a 1939 Longines Lindbergh, click here.


[Photo credit : Longines]

Categories: Baselworld 2013, Longines, Military watches, Vintage Longines, watches

8 replies

  1. that 1938 chrono is quite nice.. but i agree re: date – what’s the point?


  2. I like them a lot!


  3. I love the look. There is a IWC portuguese-esque appearance to the chronograph. The hands are beautifully proportioned, especially on the three hand model. I do like the date window myself even though it means resetting the watch every couple of months.


  4. I forgot to mention that the fabric ‘sailcloth’ straps are a nice addition. They are very comfortable and barely noticeable when worn. It is not easy to find them on the market as non-OEM traps.


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