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Introducing the Longines Heritage 1973 with Column-Wheel Chronograph Movement

| By Frank Geelen | 2 min read |
Longines Heritage 1973

Longines has a long and rich history, from which they can draw inspiration. The result is an ample collection called the Heritage collection, comprising for example the 180 Anniversary Watch (which we reviewed), the Wheems Second-setting Watch, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch (both are in our History of the Pilot Watch saga) and the Avigation A-7 Chronograph (see here). And now Longines returns to the seventies with the striking Heritage 1973.

The Heritage 1973 is equipped with Longines’ proprietary chronograph movement, caliber L688. A beautiful and reliable movement that employes a column-wheel to operate all chronograph functions. The Heritage 1973 with silver/white dial just came in for an extensive review – which will follow soon – so we can already show you some photos we took this morning.

Longines Heritage 1973

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On the left side of the case you can see a small indentation, which is actually a recessed push piece for the quick date set function.

The Heritage 1973 has a pure seventies look and its iconic cushion shaped case, with sun-ray brushed top case, can be recognized from the vintage Heuer Camaro, which is probably better known among collectors, and the vintage Longines Conquest chronograph.

vintage Longines Conquest chronograph
vintage Longines Conquest chronograph- photo via Ebay

As you can see, two of the sub dials are black, recalling the design of the vintage Conquest chronograph. The new Heritage 1973 features another movement with a tri-compax dial lay-out (sub dials at 3, 6 and 9). The new one also features a date function, but design-wise it’s extremely close to the original, with similar markers, hands and even the tachymeter scale in blue.

Besides the version with the silver/white dial and black sub dials, there is a version with a black dial and silver sub dials.

Longines Heritage 1973

The Heritage 1973 is available for a retail price of € 2.290 Euro (including tax). Soon we will present you an extensive review, but for now we’ll list some specifications.

  • Case: stainless steel, polished with sun-ray brushed top, 40 mm in diameter, raised sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside and a sapphire crystal in the case back that allows a view on the movement.
  • Movement: proprietary self-winding caliber L688 (ETA A08.L01), column wheel to operate the chronograph functions, beating at 28’800 vibrations per hours (4Hz) and providing 54 hours of power reserve
  • Function: hours, minutes, small second at 9 o’clock and date, chronograph central 60 seconds hand, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: black alligator strap with creme colored stitching

Longines Heritage 1973

More information via the Longines website. Stay tuned for our extensive review!

4 responses

  1. Yet another handsome dial ruined by an awkwardly punctured date window

    The award for shitty date windows goes to Longines (and not just for this model)

  2. I agree that Longines are wasting their time. How many “vintage” pieces have been ruined by a date window now? Although Hamilton take the prize with their 44mm black-dialled pilot’s watch teamed to a microscopic white date wheel.


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