Longines Heritage Classic “Sector Dial”
Inspired by a 1930s museum watch, genuinely cool-looking and faithful to the original (almost).
There is no doubt that Longines knows its business when it comes to re-editing past models. This was true with the Avigation BigEye, the Type A-7 or the Heritage Military. Despite how good these watches were, there was always a small ‘but’ (a date, a large case…) but what you’re about to see is a very, very attractive. Cool design, great proportions, historical relevance and a powerful movement. Meet the new Longines Heritage Classic “Sector Dial”.
I have a particular soft spot for the so-called “Calatrava” steel watches of the 1930s and 1940s, watches often found in oversized (back then) cases with a simple but well-designed dial, relying on Art Deco themes. This often gave life to the so-called sector dials. This is exactly what Longines has in its museum, a 1934 piece with a flat coin-shaped bezel, straight lugs and a sector dial.
This is the exact theme and design that the brand is bringing back today with the new Longines Heritage Classic. The case is made of brushed stainless steel with polished accents. It is shaped in the traditional “Calatrava” style, with a flat bezel, a box-shaped sapphire crystal and straight lugs. What is even better is that Longines has decided to keep it small, with a 38.5mm – the lugs are quite long so expect the watch to wear slightly larger. The crown retains the half-diamond shape of the original watch.
The pièce de résistance of the Longines Heritage Classic is, to me, the dial. Just like the original model, it has this great “sector” design, with a silver, two-tone finishing – opaline centre part and circular brushed minute track. The small second is well-positioned and doesn’t feel lost in the middle of the dial. The hands are faithful to the original and are made of blued steel. The watch has a no-date display, which is again very good news.
Powering the Longines Heritage Classic is the automatic Calibre 893, a movement knows as the ETA A31.501. It is an upgraded version of the 2895-2, with a slower frequency of 25,200 vibrations/hour but a longer power reserve of 64 hours. It is fitted with a silicon balance spring, meaning anti-magnetic properties.
The watch is available in two versions, only differentiated by the strap. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.822.214.171.124 comes on a Black leather strap with additional blue NATO. The Longines Heritage Classic L2.8126.96.36.199 comes on a blue leather strap with an additional anthracite NATO.
The Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial will soon be available at retailers and priced at EUR 2,020. More details at Longines.com.
Beautiful watch, but Longines “smashed” the 6…it is a pity.
PS.- But I like it.
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I am mildly bugged by the way the G is traversed by the vertical line of the crosshairs
Well exactly. Still very nice though. Am I the only person who thinks it’s overpriced?
So what do you do?
Well, I’m a watch designer, I work for Longines. As a matter of fact, we just introduced a new watch the “Heritage Classic Sector Dial.
So YOU are the idiot that chopped off the number six on my dial!
Why didn’t you just omit the number?
Why didn’t you make the small seconds dial smaller and leave the number alone?
In the first three photos the small seconds disk appears to have the exact same color and surface as the central area. On the last heads-on photos, the small seconds disk now suddenly has the same appearance as the minute ring. Wat is going on here? I can’t believe that is just the result of lighting and reflections. Is this a mixture of photos of two prototypes?
Absolutely stunning recreation of a beautiful watch of the Longines glory years! Hoping though Longines will top this by bringing out the historic and amazing salmon dial version with the blued hands of this sector dial watch in the near future. It would be an instant buy!
Looks good even with (perhaps because of?) the “g” and the truncated “6”. I would prefer to sacrifice the near exact copy of the original and have a date window. You don’t mention if it hacks. To my mind if a watch doesn’t hack then the only function the second hand serves is to give confidence that it is still working.
@Phil – being based on the ETA 2895, it indeed features a stop-seconds.
Truncated indices are quite common in the industry, so I don’t think it’s a flaw to most brands. However, personally I don’t like them either, especially some are really awkward (such as the current version of Lange 1815 up & down).
I like everything about this watch. The truncated “6” doesn’t bother me, I actually like it when they do that.
Finally Longines got the size and the no date dial right on! I love this!
The knackered 6 bothers me. The sliced G bothers me. The straps look a bit cheap to me. Yes JAGOTW I also think it’s overpriced. Get over all that and it’s actually a nice crisp watch , but I can’t
It’s always the same with Longines. I own an Elegant Collection L4.810.4.11.2 and it is a classic old-style dress watch. Almost everything else in the large boutique I bought it from had a problem.
Very very nice Longines ! But look up closely. It’s me or the center of the hands (hours and minutes) is not centered with the cross of the dial ? o_0