Longines announces 1930s-inspired "sector" dial heritage model

The poor man's Calatrava? It's another successful no-date reissue from the Longines Heritage range

Longines Heritage Classic
Deborah Loth

Longines has released a 1930s-inspired addition to its Heritage collection; a calatrava-esque time-only model that's guaranteed to appeal to collectors.

The Longines Heritage range is well-known for mining a rich seam of the brand's history to dig out appealing references and re-work them for modern watch enthusiast tastes. That has given us the Legend Diver, Avigation BigEye and COSD in recent years among many others: reasonably-sized heritage-flavoured watches with very few date windows between them. Now, we have the 38.5mm stainless steel Longines Heritage Classic, a watch whose name is so extremely generic that all and sundry have taken to calling it the "sector dial" almost immediately.

Longines Heritage Classic

And it's that dial that draws you in. With a two-tone inner and outer contrast between satin and silvered opaline, thick black hour markers, a cross-hair motif and Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, 6 and 9, oriented towards the centre of the dial, it fits a long-established template (used elsewhere by the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre) that dates back to the mid 1930s.

In keeping with its 1930s inspiration the watch has a small seconds dial at six o'clock and basic, functional blue hands. The watch is powered by a new-to-Longines ETA calibre, here designated the L893.5, which has a silicon balance spring and a 64-hour power reserve.

Longines Heritage Classic

The watch is available on a choice of blue or black leather straps, and comes with a NATO strap in the contrasting colour (i.e. anthracite NATO pairs with blue leather, blue NATO with black leather). The watch also comes with its own strap-changing tool, which is a nice touch. It is priced at £1,760.

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