For Baselworld 2014, Longines has again chosen to add to its ‘Heritage’ line by re-releasing another military aviation watch. You may recall the re-release of the Avigation Type 7 in 2012, about which I wrote here and last year, the Heritage Military 1938 Collection. I’ve also written about some vintage Longines aviation watches, for those interested – an original 1939 Lindbergh and an original Longines-Wittnauer Second Setting watch.
The new Longines Heritage 1935 is based on a timepiece originally created for the Czech air force in the 1930s-1940s. In a 42mm cushion-shaped steel case, it has a large matte black dial and white Arabic numerals with skeletonised rhodium-plated hands, both coated in Super-LumiNova. There are a small seconds sub-dial and date window at 6 o’clock.
The 42mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case mirrors the design of the original model, with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Inside is an automatic ETA-based L615 calibre with a 42 hour power reserve. It comes on a black alligator strap.
This is a great looking watch, but how does this compare to the original? Well it’s pretty close. The original 1930s model on which this is based had a matte black dial, and the numbers, hands and sub dial are pretty much the same, with the exception of a modern absence of bluing of the hands. Oh and of course, the new model’s hand and number lume is courtesy of Super-LumiNova®.
The differences? The original was 40mm as opposed to 42mm (some may debate whether the size needed to be increased), the bezel was rotating and had a triangular marker, and the new model also has a date window at the bottom. It is this final addition which is perhaps the one thing I’d change about it, and I’m speaking not in terms of fidelity to the original but because it seems a little unnecessary and to my eyes at least, detracts a little from what is a beautiful elegant watch. If you’ve read my post from last year, you’re probably sensing a theme here.
If you wish to read more about the original watch on which this is based, you will find an in-depth article (including photos) here. The price is reported to be AUD2,500.