Longines Heritage 1968 – Looking into the Past

For their latest timepiece, Longines decided to look at their long history to get some inspiration. They didn’t have to look far, though – the Swinging Sixties is where they found what they needed. Namely, a square watch from 1968, which served as the conceptual foundation for the new Heritage 1968 timepiece. The original 1968 watch, along with other significant Longines pieces, can be found in the Longines Museum, which was fully refurbished last year as one of the ways of marking the 180th anniversary of the company. The Museum is located in the Swiss town of St-Imier, home to Longines.

Now, let’s get back to the present time. The new timepiece comes in two sizes: first, we have the 26 x 26 mm case, followed by a bigger, 33 x 33 mm case. Looking from the side of the watch, we can notice the beveled glass, which also protrudes over the middle. Both models two options when it comes to case materials – steel and more luxurious rose gold. The water resistance of these watches is not overly impressive, but 30 meters should be quite enough for this timepiece, since it doesn’t claim any diving capabilities in the first place.

Retro chic, plus some good old gold

While the sizes and materials vary for different versions, the dials are virtually identical. That means we have a classic, and quite a timeless look: a grey brushed dial contrasted with black Roman numerals and a matching chapter ring. As for the hands, we have two options, depending on the case. The steel watches get a rhodium-plated set of hands, while the rose gold watches are paired with matching hour, minute, and second hand. All models feature a thin line of black varnish on their hour and minute hands, which matches the style of the Roman numerals. Slightly less classic feature is the trapezoidal date window, found on the lower right corner of the dial, spicing things up a little. Finally, the whole dial is protected with a sturdy, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which has antireflective coating in several layers, ensuring that the visibility is optimal.

With different sizes of the case comes a choice of different movements. The 26 mm models have the Calibre L595.2, a self-winding mechanical movement with 20 jewels. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and has a power reserve of 40 hours. On the other hand, we have the Calibre L619.2, which has a slightly better power reserve of 42 hours. This self-winding mechanical movement beats at the same frequency as the caliber of the 26 mm version, and features the same standard functions, plus date.

Classic, clean, and timeless design

As for the strap, there isn’t much choice here. In fact, all four versions of the Heritage 1968 are complemented with a rather simple, but very stylish black alligator leather strap, completed with a buckle. The strap itself is a very nice match for the classic form and character of the new watch, and nicely contrasts both the steel and rose gold of the respective case.

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