LONGINES : (Another) Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph

LonginesHeritageChronograph42

You may recall that a little while ago we wrote about a Longines Heritage Collection Column-Wheel single pusher chronograph with a black dial that was also available in a white-dialled version which alas we did not get to see.

Well today is a third new monopusher chronograph option from Longines for your consideration.

In the same 41mm stainless steel case and also containing the automatic Calibre L788.2 (ETA A08.L11) movement, this piece is called the Reference L2.800.4.26.2-4.

The bi-compax layout is the same as the previous model, with a centre 60 seconds, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The differences between this and the other version are the markers and that the dial is white lacquered with silver areas (minutes circle and counters), painted Arabic numerals and batons and, of course, the blued hands. These cosmetic changes result in a very different look, as you can see in the first photo, and a more dressy one at that.

With a veritable feast of heritage-inspired chronographs from Longines in 2015, those who are looking for something along these lines will have a nice range of options from which to choose. Of those that I have handled there’s something to be said for this version nudging slightly ahead of the others. The dial, with its two tones that play a bit in the light, is slightly more intriguing.



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  1. I’m looking to get this as the next peice of my collection. I have small wrists and am worried about the thickness of this watch. What are your thoughts?

    I have a Sinn 356 and a Seiko SKX007. Do you suggest I get the tachymeter version of this one?

    I wanted to get an Omega speed master but the 42mm puts me off and I feel it will too closely resemble the Sinn 356.

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    • Hi Partha,

      If you can wear that Sinn and that Seiko then I reckon this should be fine. There are some quite large/ thick Longines Heritage models but this isn’t one of them, and as it’s quite a dressy watch, it may feel less chunky than the Sinn in particular. Will you go for the light or dark dial? You seem to have a liking for dark dials (as do I, if what I own is anything to go by) but the white/ creamy dial version of this one is really nice.

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      • I was thinking of getting this piece as a dress watch. Specifically the two tone white dial without the tachymeter.

        On the other hand, for the same amount of money, I was thinking of going for a Hamilton navy pioneer and an omega speedmaster reduced (second hand). Decisions decisions.

        What does your collection consist of? Got other alternatives?

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      • The white dial one totally works as a dress watch, I’d wear it as such for sure. That versus the Hamilton or reduced Speedy? Quite different watches and yes, decisions decisions 🙂 I’d vote for the Longines over those three, to give your collection some variety and also because I reckon it looks really good. In terms of dress watches that can start at a similar price point, look at Nomos.

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