Longines Heritage Military 1938Most watchmakers have some kind of military history; just look at the Dirty Dozen if you need an illustration. But while that’s the most famous collection of military pieces, watchmakers were creating hard-wearing field watches before WWII – including Longines, as shown by the new Heritage Military 1938.

The new historical re-issue is a lot more elegant than you might expect from a field watch and, despite what seems like a more contemporary 43mm stainless steel case, is incredibly faithful to the original. It retains the same bevelled bezel and sea-urchin crown, not to mention the matte black dial and cream Arabic numerals that have come to define a field watch.

Longines Heritage Military 1938

Longines Heritage Military 1938

All of the elements, while lovely to look at, have practical purposes too. The crown makes for easy adjustment, while the pared-back dial makes reading the railway track small seconds easy at a glance. Granted it’s probably a bit less technical than modern military watches, but it won’t let you down if you’re a civilian.

More importantly, it’s yet another in Longines’ immensely long line of collectors’ pieces that have hit the nail on the proverbial head. Limited to 1,938 pieces – a reference to the original watch’s production year – we can’t imagine them sticking around for long.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Longines Heritage Military 1938
Ref: L2.826.4.53.2
Case/Dial: 43mm diameter, stainless steel, matte black dial
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Caliber L507, mechanical with manual winding
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 40h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Strap: Leather with buckle
Price: £2,020, limited to 1,938 pieces

More details at longines.co.uk