As the name suggests, the Longines Heritage 1973 is based on a watch that the brand was producing in 1973. The 2013 model is updated with an exclusive chronograph movement, which features a column wheel. Column wheels are used for the smooth running of the chronograph. Chronographs without column wheels tend to jump when the start button is pressed. Though this watch is very retro in appearance, Longines has taken great pains to ensure that all of the machinations involved are nothing short of cutting edge.
Longines has had an illustrious career, since 1832, of producing world class designs at affordable price points. Longines’ logo – the winged hourglass, bears a distinction of being the world’s very first trademark.
Like the original model, the Longines Heritage 1973 is manufactured in stainless steel, with a cushion shaped case. The diameter of the watch stands at 40mm, which is a bit smaller than most modern day models, but is right at home in the 70’s. The case back carries an exhibition sapphire crystal, from which the wearer can marvel at the L688 Caliber self-winding mechanical movement, produced exclusively for Longines by ETA. The main crown and push pieces are rounded which fit perfectly with the cushion aesthetic of the case.
The dial comes in two versions – either black or silvered. The dial elements mirror perfectly the original watch from 1973. The hour markers and hands are generously coated with Super-LumiNova, making this watch ideally suited for viewing under low light conditions. The small seconds subdial is located at the 9 o’clock position. The chronograph counters are situated at the 3 and 6 positions indicating the minutes and hours respectively. At 4:30 is a date aperture. Completing the dial is a blue tachometric scale giving this model a slightly sporty aesthetic.
The Heritage 1973 is fitted with a black alligator strap with white contrast saddle stitching. The leather strap is secured with a folding clasp. This watch is backed by a 2 year international guarantee.